This special fundraising concert features chamber music performed by players from the BSO including works by Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi and Maurice Ravel, as well as some lesser known Baroque gems.

The BSO Benevolent Fund is a charity run by the musicians for the musicians. It was set up in 1958 to provide financial support for musicians in cases of prolonged and/or serious illness or injury. From the start it has been successful in meeting these aims with the very generous support of those who have contributed. The main source of income is the annual Benevolent Fund Concert at which all the musicians give freely of their services, as have many conductors and soloists who have featured in these concerts over the years. The Fund also embraces members when they retire, and by keeping in touch with them at Christmas it helps to maintain a link with old colleagues.

Works and composers

Purcell Rondeau from Abdelazar
Vivaldi Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor 'Il Giardino Armonica' RV580
Charpentier Sarabande and Gigue Angloise from Suite in D minor
Vivaldi Concerto for Bassoon, Strings and Continuo in A minor RV497
Georges Hüe Fantasie for Flute and Harp
Louis Gouvy Petite Suite Gauloise (Wind Nonet)
Ravel Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet