• Bristol, Plymouth and Sidmouth welcome musicians from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra this July.
  • The Orchestra of the South West returns to the road following an 8-month period of pioneering livestreamed concerts.
  • Tchaikovsky’s popular Souvenir de Florence features in the line-up, alongside chamber music works by Beethoven, Dvořák and Mozart.

Socially-distanced audiences will be able to enjoy performances in Sidmouth Parish Church (Sat 10 Jul), St George’s, Bristol (Wed 21 Jul), and Plymouth’s Guildhall (Tues 27 Jul). Further dates will be announced soon, including music workshops for new parents.

The concerts will feature a group of the Orchestra’s musicians, with wind and string players performing works by Beethoven, Dvořák, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

Chief Executive, Dougie Scarfe, said, “Ordinarily, we’d have played around 150 concerts in 40 venues during the last year — instead we’ve kept going with a series of livestreamed concerts — and now, thanks to support from the Weston Culture Fund, we’re ready to get back out on the road to see our loyal audiences who have helped us in keeping the music alive!”

The Orchestra, which has residencies in Bournemouth, Bristol, Exeter, Portsmouth and Poole, was one of the first British orchestras to livestream full symphonic concerts, in 2020. The BSO sold 38,000 tickets in the first six months of its inaugural digital series, and its pioneering livestream performances gained international attention when recently championed at the G7 ministers’ meeting.

A series of popular symphonic classics will also run during the summer months from Lighthouse, Poole. Audiences can purchase socially-distanced hall tickets, or via digital livestream.

The BSO’s musicians will perform in Sidmouth (10 Jul), Bristol (21 Jul) and Plymouth (27 Jul). For full details and tickets visit bsolive.com.


Visit the BSO’s What’s On page for further details and to book tickets.