After a two year break, we’re thrilled to be returning to Bournemouth’s Meyrick Park for two celebratory evenings of full symphonic music. There’ll be Classical Extravaganza (Fri 5 Aug), a concert featuring some of the best-loved symphonic music written from Borodin’s Polovstian Dances to Hans Zimmer’s Gladiator and Queen Symphonic Spectacular (Sat 6 Aug), which features a host of stars from the West End smash hit musical We Will Rock You. Visitors are welcome to bring picnics on-site to enjoy an evening of live music, and both events will culminate in an impressive choreographed fireworks display.

In May, our free BSO Schools’ Concerts provide many local children with their first taste of live symphonic music. The concerts will be performed live at Lighthouse Poole on Wednesday 18 May as audiences return to the hall. To go along with the concert, there are a set of music education resources available for teachers and pupils in advance of the concert, which is themed ‘Explore the Orchestra: Midnight Magic’. Pupils will have the opportunity to sing and play alongside presenter James Redwood, use Makaton singing and learn body percussion. Free livestream access will also be available for students who can’t make it to Poole. (The performance will be available for 30 days online).

In Bournemouth town centre on 14 May, there’ll be an opportunity to see musicians playing live in the redeveloped churchyard at St Peter’s Church marking the launch of the community project supported by National Lottery Community Fund and Dorset Wildlife Trust. There will also be a later concert to mark the finale of the day at 5pm.

From 3 July amateur musicians of all ages are welcomed to sit alongside professionals as ‘Rusties’ return to Lighthouse, Poole. The series culminates on 24 July with a showcase of the group’s work. To find out more about our Rusties project click here.

We can’t wait to see you this summer to celebrate the glory of live symphonic music! More details and information on how to book can be found on our Whats On. To read the full press release click here.