• The BSO and Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits to give the first symphonic performance in the newly-refurbished Hall for Cornwall, Truro this March.
  • Rural communities in Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset to benefit from further ‘BSO On Your Doorstep’ live chamber concerts throughout spring.
  • A unique opportunity to learn more about writing for disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound, in partnership with the 2022 Festival of Contemporary Music for All.
  • Symphonic music for all ages as family concerts make a spectacular return with the film music John Williams and a symphonic celebration of Elton John.

One of the UK’s best-loved orchestras, the BSO exists to champion the role of culture in people’s lives. This spring it returns with a series of performances — from Cornwall to the New Forest — as audiences of all ages return to live music.

Dougie Scarfe, the BSO’s Chief Executive said, “As people re-emerge from the pandemic and make steps back into their local village halls and concert halls we’ll be there to welcome them with a range of live music for all ages. Alongside our main concert series — in Exeter, Poole and Portsmouth — we’re excited to continue reaching further and deeper into rural communities with our ‘BSO On Your Doorstep’ chamber-scale concerts. We’re also excited to give the first symphonic performance at Truro’s newly-refurbished Hall for Cornwall with our Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits.

As well as presenting a special event that explores writing for disabled-led ensembles in partnership with the Festival of Contemporary Music for All, we’ll also continue to welcome families back into the concert hall with popular symphonic family concerts this spring. See you there!”

Hall for Cornwall

The Orchestra’s Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits, marks the first symphonic performance in the newly-refurbished Hall for Cornwall, Truro (Fri 18 Mar) with Beethoven’s Consecration of the House — a work written to celebrate the opening of a Viennese theatre exactly 200 years ago — when the BSO tours the county in March.

Inspired by a visit to the medieval Cornish castle of Tintagel in 1917, Arnold Bax’s atmospheric symphonic poem of the same name was given its world premiere by the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra (now BSO) in 1921. Steeped in Arthurian legend and with references to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde it remains Bax’s most highly regarded symphonic work.

The programme also features Sibelius’s monumental Second Symphony — an ecstatic work referred to by Sibelius as the ‘confession of the soul’ — and a new work, Unforged, by rising star Carmen Ho.

‘BSO On Your Doorstep’ concerts

Musicians from the BSO tour chamber-scale performances throughout the South West, as its popular series of ‘BSO On Your Doorstep’ concerts continues.

Launched in 2021 to reach those unable to attend larger city-based venues, the popular series of small-scale concerts visits Alderholt, near Fordingbridge (Sat 26 Feb) in partnership with Artsreach following recent ‘On Your Doorstep’ performances from BSO Resound.

Principal players of the BSO return to St Georges, Bristol (Tues 22 Mar) with a programme including Dvořák’s String Quartet in F major, and further ‘On Your Doorstep’ concerts take place in Yeovil (Sun 10 Apr), St Austell (Sat 19 Mar) and St Ives (Sat 19 Mar) with chamber music from JS Bach to Michael Nyman. A ‘Relaxed Concert’ will also take place in Yeovil (Sun 29 May).

Younger members of the family will also have the chance to experience live music-making for the first time: designed for babies and children aged 0-3 and their caregivers, a ‘Time Together’ session and relaxed concert takes place in the Westlands Ballroom, Yeovil (Sun 20 Mar).


Festival of Contemporary Music for All

BSO Resound — the world’s first disabled-led ensemble at the core of a major symphony orchestra — returns to Lighthouse, Poole (Sun 6 Mar) to give a concert in partnership with the 2022 Festival of Contemporary Music for All.

Presented from the stage, the event provides a unique look under the lid of the award-winning ensemble, offering inspiration to those wishing to learn more about writing for disabled-led groups.

Symphonic music for all the family

The music of film icon John Williams, whose soundtracks to ET, Star Wars, Schindler’s List amongst many more are heralded as the gold standard, will be celebrated in Poole (Sat 12 Mar). Later in the month, the Orchestra welcomes a host of special guests from the West End to mark its symphonic celebration of Elton John’s music Poole (Sat 26 Mar).

The Orchestra also continues its main season of full symphonic music throughout the season, with performances in Basingstoke, Exeter, Poole, and Portsmouth, featuring a range of guest artists. The BSO made history as one of the first British orchestras to return to the stage in 2020, and its livestreamed broadcasts continue to reach audience in the South West and beyond.

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