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Wednesday 19 October/Friday 21 October

Triumphal Elgar (featuring Pavel Šporcl and Robert Trevino)

Join Pavel Šporcl (and his famous blue violin!) alongside Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra this October. Šporcl takes on Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, a work of immense charm which begins with an atmosphere of restrained melancholy and goes on to reach an exciting finale. Pavel Šporcl is an internationally renowned violinist who has done much in his home country to popularise classical music, having sold more than 230,000 CDs and frequently appearing on television.

Robert Trevino, one of the most exciting American conductors performing today leads the Orchestra. Trevino also serves as the Music Director of the Basque National Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and Artistic Advisor of the Malmo Symphony Orchestra. He’s one of the most in demand talents of the younger generation!

Pavel Sporcl (C) Vojtech Vlk

Wednesday 2 November/ Friday 4 November

Melodic Alchemy (featuring Chloé van Soeterstède and Tobias Feldman)

We’re thrilled to welcome back Chloé van Soeterstède to conduct the Orchestra after receiving rave reviews in her debut with us this spring. Chloé was a Taki Alsop Conducting Fellow, 2019-21 and is attracting attention across the world for her intuitive, sensitive, and expressive music-making and her commanding and positive presence on the podium.

The concert features Bruch’s Violin Concerto, the composer’s first major work and one of his most popular. It’s a rich, wonderfully lyrical piece with plenty of explosive technical fireworks. It’ll be played by Tobias Feldman, a violinist who has been praised for his “rapturous lyricism” (The Telegraph) and “virtuosic energy” (Fanfare). Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture meanwhile is a concise mini symphony which balances the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets alongside the passion between the young Romeo and Juliet…not one to miss!

Chloé van Soeterstède (C) Olivia Da Costa

Smooth Classics: Violin Magic

Saturday 12 November (Poole), Thursday 17 November (Portsmouth), Thursday 24 November (Exeter)

Smooth Classics: Violin Magic consists of a selection of soothing classics to revive the soul, including works by Grieg, Bruch, Shostakovich, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and many more. Our newly appointed Assistant Conductor Tom Fetherstonhaugh will lead this series of concerts and two internationally acclaimed violin players are to feature; Benjamin Baker and Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux.

This is the perfect night if you’re looking for an hour or two of mindfulness and relaxation, and the ideal thing to ease you into those winter months!

Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux (C) Kaupo Kikkas

Wednesday 30 November

Musical Pictures (featuring Finnegan Downie Dear and Vadym Kholodenko)

Then in November join us for Mussorgsky’s illustrious Pictures at an Exhibition, a piece the composer wrote in honour of his painter friend, who died at the age of just 39. After attending an exhibition dedicated to his friend, the writing of the piece came very easily to Mussorgsky, he described the process as follows: “Ideas, melodies come to me of their own accord, like a banquet of music – I gorge and gorge and overeat myself. I can hardly manage to put them down on paper fast enough.”

Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 meanwhile is known to be one of the most difficult and physically demanding for pianists. Rachmaninov stated that the piece ‘wrote itself’ and that he heard it ready made in his head! Vadym Kholodenko, who is fast building a reputation as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted young pianists and has been praised “for his absorbing melodic shading [and] glittering passage work” (Philadelphia Enquirer), performs as soloist.

Vadym Kholodenko (C) Jean Baptiste Millot

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