Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

“No other regional British orchestras – few London ones for that matter – offer more interesting programming the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra” The Daily Telegraph

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is a world-class ensemble known for spearheading change both on and off the stage since 1893. The Orchestra is highly regarded for its ambitious programming and recordings, with its Prokofiev cycle and survey of Eastern European music under the baton of Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits receiving recent acclaim. The BSO serves a 10,000-square mile region, touring around 140 performances each year to audiences in South West England and beyond.

A bold champion of new talent the BSO boasts an enviable list of principal conductors, from Marin Alsop – the first female principal conductor of a major UK orchestra – to Constantin Silvestri, Paavo Berglund and Andrew Litton. A commissioner of new music, the BSO has worked with composers Mark Anthony Turnage, Sally Beamish and James Macmillan in recent years.

The BSO’s discography charts a number of landmark moments in 20th-century music including its pioneering 1914 recordings under Dan Godfrey for HMV; seminal performances of Nordic works with Paavo Berglund in the 1970s; to a survey of American and Soviet works – under Litton, Alsop and Karabits.

Changing lives through the power of music remains at the core of all that the BSO does. The Orchestra were Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year’ in 2017, before presenting the world’s first professional disabled-led ensemble at the BBC Proms in 2018.

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    July 7, 2022
    Conductor Gergely Madaras brings the internationally renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra back to Chichester with one of the highlights of the festival. An exciting programme of masterpieces includes Beethoven’s Overture to Prometheus, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 ‘Pathétique’ and Leonard Elschenbroich as...
    May 21, 2022
    BSO Voices, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Southampton-based community choir, gives the world premiere of a work composed during the pandemic. Read a preview. Requiem 2020 reflects on a year of great upheaval, with events that resounded around the world and when climate...
    April 28, 2022
    Scriabin – RêverieShostakovich – Violin Concerto No.1Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.4 Alexander Shelley – conductor (pictured)Nikita Boriso-Glebsky – violin Scriabin’s Rêverie is packed full of beautifully crafted orchestral colour and texture. Luscious harmonies interweave to create a swirling dreamscape that ebbs and flows...
    March 31, 2022
    JS Bach arr. Webern – Ricercar a 6R Strauss – MetamorphosenBeethoven – Symphony No.3 Eroica Karl-Heinz Steffens – conductor (pictured (c) Susanne Diesner) With much in common with Bach (both loved puzzles, complex structures, and counterpoint), Webern’s realisation is a...
    March 3, 2022
    Dove, Mozart and Schubert Dove – SunshineMozart – Piano Concerto No.22Schubert – Symphony No.9 ‘The Great’ Mark Wigglesworth – conductor [image (c) Sim Canetty-Clarke]Imogen Cooper – piano Delicate and poised Jonathan Dove’s Sunshine uses small forces to dazzling effect. Apart...