This concert in Lighthouse, Poole, featured the BSO’s 20-21 Artist in Residence, the outstanding pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.

Watched by an enthusiastic live audience as well as the huge numbers following these concerts on line, he played Chopin’s First Piano Concerto – a work with which he has been closely associated and has lately recorded to great acclaim. His performance was capped with a charming encore: the second Argentinian dance by Alberto Ginastera.

The orchestra was conducted again this week by Gergely Madaras who replaced Marta Gardolińska who was unable to get to Poole from Vienna because of travel restrictions. To open the proceedings, he conducted Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C, a joyful and tuneful start to the evening.

The concluding work was Haydn’s Symphony No 88 – stately, dancing and rousing by turns. The work highlighted the mastery of Haydn’s inspiration and orchestration, which allowed the socially-distanced instrumentalists to shine.

We look forward to welcoming Mr Grosvenor back to Poole in the recently-announced Spring season which will surely be as great a success as this Autumn one has been.

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