Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


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14.03.24 The Classical Series continues at Portsmouth Guildhall
18.01.24 Profile: Jesper Svedberg, Principal Cellist
12.06.23 The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra offers a Chichester Cathedral summer concert
15.05.23 BSO 2023/24 New Season: now live
02.01.22 The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Winter/Spring 2022 Season from Portsmouth Guildhall
11.05.20 Profile: Tim Fisher, violinist

“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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    March 14, 2024
    Mozart  – Piano Concerto No.23Bruckner – Symphony No.5 Kirill Karabits – conductorAwadagin Pratt – piano In just four years Mozart wrote sixteen glorious piano concertos. No.23 (K.488) was an immediate success, remaining popular probably as much for its wistfulness as for...
    February 22, 2024
    Brahms – Piano Concerto No.2Vaughan Williams – A London Symphony (Symphony No.2) Karl-Heinz Steffens – conductorBoris Giltburg – piano Vaughan Williams’ Second Symphony has been described as the musical equivalent of Monet’s paintings of the sun rising over a foggy...
    January 25, 2024
    Smetana – Má Vlast (complete) Conductor: Jac van Steen (pictured) Join Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Jac van Steen, who is Principal Guest Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Smetana’s Má Vlast is considered a paragon of Czech nationalism, and is a...
    December 21, 2023
    Rodgers The Carousel WaltzRodgers/Hammerstein Oh What a Beautiful MorningRodgers/Hammerstein Surrey With The Fringe On TopProkofiev TroikaWells/Tormé Chestnuts Roasting on an Open FireAnderson Sleigh RideTrad. arr. Goodwin The 12 Days of ChristmasMarks Rockin’ Around the Christmas TreeMarks Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerBerlin...
    December 7, 2023
    Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello Mahler: Symphony No.1 ‘Titan’ Conductor: Kerem HasanViolin: Alina IbragimovaCello: Jesper Svedberg A new symphonic universe was born in Mahler’s First Symphony, one in which life and music remained virtually inseparable. Few composers have...
    November 4, 2023
    J Williams, Lost in SpaceHorner, Apollo 13J Williams, E.T. Adventures on EarthGoldsmith, AlienJ Williams, Close Encounters of the Third KindGoldsmith, Star Trek: NemesisRabin, ArmageddonPhilips, Battlestar GalacticaHorner, AvatarZimmer, Interstellar Conductor: Pete Harrison The best space film music that is out of...
    October 12, 2023
    Mozart: Symphony No.29Glière: Harp ConcertoBorodin: Symphony No.2 Kirill Karabits – ConductorEmmanuel Ceysson – Harp Borodin spent eight years composing his Second Symphony. It is seen by many as a distillation of the spirit of Prince Igor, with its bardic minstrelsy and...
    June 14, 2023
    Read a preview. Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas TallisMendelssohn – Violin ConcertoDvořák – Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ Tom Fetherstonhaugh, conductor Enjoy a summer’s evening of some of the most memorable melodies ever written, performed...
    April 20, 2023
    Rachmaninov The RockTchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances Gabor Kali (conductor)Marie-Ange Nguci (piano) The Rock was Rachmaninov’s first published orchestral work. Inspired by a Chekhov short story its three movements follow the sequence of Midday, Twilight, Midnight; an allegory for...
    March 30, 2023
    Weber – Der Freischutz OvertureProkofiev – Violin Concerto No.2Brahms – Symphony No.1 Anna Sułkowska-Migoń (conductor)James Ehnes (violin) Der Freischütz is a convoluted tale of magic bullets, invisible spirits, and pacts with the devil. Today the opera is rarely staged, but...
    March 16, 2023
    John Williams’ classic scores. Pete Harrison (conductor) If you love the music of Star Wars make sure you come along to Guildhall Portsmouth for a magnificent celebration of John William’s timeless music from all of the classic films. There’ll be...
    January 26, 2023
    Elgar Cello ConcertoBruckner Symphony No.7 Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)Laura van der Heijden (cello) Come along to Guildhall Portsmouth to hear Elgar’s beloved Cello Concerto played by acclaimed cellist Laura van der Heijden whose playing has been described as “dazzling, imaginative and...
    December 21, 2022
    Wood – Oh I Wish It Could Be Christmas EverydayAnderson – Sleigh RideMarks – Rockin’ Around the Christmas TreeTiomkin – It’s a Wonderful LifeSlade – Merry Christmas EverybodyPierpont – Jingle Bells Kick off Christmas with a fun-packed concert for all...
    November 17, 2022
    Bruch – Violin Concerto (adagio)Debussy – Clair de LuneMendelssohn – Violin Concerto (andante)Shostakovich – Romance from The GadflyGrieg – Morning from Peer GyntJS Bach – Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor (largo)Massenet – Meditation from ThaïsFauré – PavaneBeethoven –...
    October 21, 2022
    Respighi – The Fountains of RomeGlazunov – Violin ConcertoElgar – Symphony No.1 In memory of Terry Barfoot Robert Trevino – ConductorPavel Šporcl – Violin Respighi’s most popular work is his triptych of wonderfully orchestrated musical postcards from Rome, of which...
    October 6, 2022
    Stravinsky – Scherzo fantastiqueAkimenko – Cello Concerto (world premiere)Mahler – Symphony No.5 Kirill Karabits – ConductorVictor Julien-Laferrière – Cello Stravinsky’s magical Scherzo fantastique buzzes with sensual, orchestral colours full of swarming, bee-like allusions. Its musical storytelling is a foretaste of things to...
    July 7, 2022
    Read a review. 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...
    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...