1946 to 1949

The archives contain a full history of its concerts since 1946, however, when its conductor was Appleby Matthews – founder of the C.B.S.O. His ambition was to conduct a performance of ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ with the C.B.S.O. This ambition was realised at Birmingham Town Hall on 7 May 1949 but proved to be his last concert as, two months later, he died, suddenly and unexpectedly.

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