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London Midland brings CBSO to New St Station to kick off Birmingham’s Big Weekend

Press Release   •   Sep 21, 2017 08:40 BST

L-R Patrick Verwer, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Stephen Maddock

Passengers at New Street Station will be treated to free concerts by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) this Friday (22 September).

Through its partnership with train operator, London Midland, the CBSO will be staging two free performances in the iconic station marking the start of the Birmingham Weekender.

Birmingham Weekender is a three-day festival that sees the city centre filled with free performances from world-class musicians, dancers and artists.

Osborn music director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla will be conducting the CBSO’s two performances at New Street station including music by Copeland, Beethoven and Haydn. The concerts will start at 1pm and 3pm.

Patrick Verwer, London Midland managing director said: “We are delighted be able to bring the CBSO to our passengers at the heart of the rail network and be associated with the opening of the Birmingham Weekender. The CSBO is a central part of Birmingham’s cultural assets and a great ambassador for the city and the region as a whole.”

Stephen Maddock OBE, CBSO chief executive said “We are very excited to be involved in Birmingham Weekender and are very grateful to London Midland’s on-going support of cultural life in the region – which is increasingly important. This is an opportunity to get the orchestra out of the concert hall to meet our public in our city and showcase how big music is in Birmingham.”

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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west.  Over 70 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manages  150 stations and operates  1,300 services a day.

London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, GTR (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland.  Further information on Govia is available at www.govia.info

London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, five Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and three Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work. In 2017 London Midland was named as Britain's most improved train company by the Institute of Rail Operators and the UK's most improved  organisation for customer service in the UKCSI survey.

In 2017 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Gold Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2014.

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