Our Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits, led the performance, which also included Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 The Emperor with pianist Sunwook Kim and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

The concert received critical acclaim with The Times saying:⭐⭐⭐⭐ “…the virtuosity on show certainly made a statement – orchestras are back in Bristol.” The Telegraph expressing ⭐⭐⭐⭐  “In all the concert felt like a heartening beginning to a new era.” and ⭐⭐⭐⭐“The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits [were] on blazing form” from The Guardian.

BSO perform at Bristol Beacon on 19 December 2023 (C) Giulia Spadafora, Soul Media UK.

We return to Bristol Beacon at the end of January to perform the world premiere of Odyssey by Jonathan Dove, a composer whose popular operatic writing has a reputation for creating wonder and enriching lives.

Odyssey charts the plight of refugee communities through the Mediterranean region, and soprano Francesca Chiejina and tenor Thando Mjandano perform leading roles. The City of Bristol Choir, Bristol Youth Choir and a chorus of community singers unite with the Orchestra under the baton of conductor David Ogden.

For tickets to see Odyssey click here. To see what else is coming up at Bristol Beacon with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra click here.