Following the success of our autumn and winter concerts, which have sold almost 32,000 digital tickets in total, with streams reaching more than concert hall capacity; we’re proud to announce this new series of 6 weekly concerts.

New customers have made up almost 30% of all digital tickets sold in the past six months, with audiences regularly viewing the livestreams throughout the globe: 35% of the BSO audience is listening beyond the Orchestra’s traditional territory in the South West of England.

Notable moments of the new season include the return of conductor Mark Wigglesworth who opens the first concert with Walton’s Henry V suite (arr. Mathieson) and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No.5; Berlin-based clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer makes his UK conducting debut with the Orchestra in a programme of Mozart and Mendelssohn, while British conductor Alexander Soddy — who has been General Music Director of Mannheim National Theater since 2016— makes his UK symphonic debut with Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Brahms’ Symphony No.1.

Artist-in-residence Benjamin Grosvenor will perform with duo partner, violinist Hyeyoon Park, and together they take on Cesar Franck’s mighty duet, the Sonata in A major, and Clara Schumann’s Romances. Finally, Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits closes the series with Sibelius’s life-affirming Fifth Symphony.

To present these concerts, we’ll be welcoming back a host of the UK’s leading Classical Music presenters, including Catherine Bott, Martin Handley and Sarah Walker.

We’re grateful for the continued support from Series Sponsor Investec, which allows us to produce this series.

Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits says, “As we reflect a year on from the announcement of the UK’s first lockdown, when it became apparent the arts would suffer greatly, I feel deep pride for what the BSO has achieved in remaining connected with its loyal audiences and supporters in the South West — and now reaching even further afield. I can’t wait to be reunited with my colleagues so that we can continue to do what we do: make live symphonic music for our ever-growing musical community.”

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