Back by popular demand! Over 7,200 people returned to Bournemouth’s Meyrick Park in early August for two nights of ‘BSO Proms in the Park’ concerts in partnership with BCP Council. From the opening of Friday night’s Classical Extravaganza to the closing notes of Bohemian Rhapsody… thousands were united together in music.
Families and friends of all ages united for the weekend of live symphonic music, and as Bournemouth Echo said of Friday night’s Classical Extravaganza, which was supported by Experience Sponsor, Investec: “…the hugely popular event came back with a bang” — and it certainly did.
Conductor Stephen Bell led the BSO in a celebration of some of the most popular symphonic music ever written before a display of fireworks. Opening with John Williams’ film music from Superman the event journeyed through best-loved symphonic music written, from Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Khachaturian’s Adagio from Spartacus, to film favourites like Hans Zimmer’s Gladiator.
The outfits poised, the fairy lights charged, and the picnics prepped: everyone stepped it up another notch in terms of décor for Saturday night’s Queen Symphonic Spectacular. And special praise goes to the Orchestra’s musicians, who took it to another level donning their best Freddie Mercury attire.
With a cast of singers from the West End — including Ricardo Afonso, Sharlene Hector, Laura Tebbutt, and George Tebbutt — and under the baton of Pete Harrison, the Queen Symphonic Spectacular will go down in memory.
The show goes on… and we can’t wait to see you back with us again soon. Explore more of our popular symphonic concerts coming up.