As announced on 12 August, the Orchestra’s Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits, will open the series of socially distanced performances, with concerts running from 30 September to 16 December 2020.
Audiences will be able to experience the concerts live online and it’s anticipated that there will be access to the hall as government guidance evolves. As part of a series of measures to ensure the safety of our musicians we’ve commissioned a Bournemouth-based specialist firm to build stage extensions, enabling the Orchestra to sit apart with one per stand and spread to the choir stalls.
The Orchestra’s Chief Executive, Dougie Scarfe, said of the news, “After the longest period away from the stage in our 127-year-history, we pleased to announce the start of the Orchestra’s return to live performances for our loyal audiences in the South West. The outpouring of support for our work has further reinforced our belief in the power of music to transform and empower lives – and it’s needed now more than ever. As we look to the future I’m also thrilled that we’ve been able to confirm two major commissions: by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh and Shirley J Thompson. With two of the UK’s leading pianists and a clutch of the finest conductors around we can’t wait to bring these concerts to the stage; as well as showcasing our brilliant musicians we’re also proud to continue to bring new and lesser-known music to inspire audiences.
“It’s taken meticulous planning to present these programmes in the safest way possible for audiences, staff and musicians. As a touring ensemble, embedded in communities throughout a vast region we can’t wait to get back on the road and we hope to announce further performance dates as guidance evolves.”