This splendid and varied concert put 90 leading musicians together on stage within one of the finest concert halls in the world to perform more than 300 years of classical music's greatest pieces of work.
Birmingham's splendid Symphony Hall, home to the CBSO. Credit Mike Gutteridge
But then the seemingly capacity audience was treated to the D of Dvorak's Carnival Overture, before a delightful selection from Elgar's Enigma Variations, named after the composer's friends and family, including the famous and familiar Nimrod.
The remainder of the first half delivered the second and third movements of Handel's Water Music, followed by a piece from Shostakovich's Symphony No 10 and, finally, Jupiter from the prolific Mozart's 41st Symphony, regarded by many as the greatest orchestral piece of the era.
The second half of the concert commenced in style with Trepak from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite, which provided us with the N.
After the letter O was given over to the oboe, it was then on to Estonian composer Arvo Part with his beautifully moving Cantus in Memoriam of Benjamin Britten.
The interior of Symphony Hall. Credit Craig Holmes