Soprano Elizabeth Watts joins Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Michael Seal in a programme of famous waltzes, polkas and more.

The family performances take place at Lighthouse, Poole (Sat 1 Jan), Cheltenham Town Hall (Fri 7 Jan), and Weymouth Pavilion (Sat 8 Jan).


The sound of Vienna comes to the South West as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Day concerts return to Cheltenham, Poole and Weymouth this winter. Suitable for the all the family, the programme promises to herald in the New Year in style.

Vienna’s famous New Year’s Day concerts have taken place in the Austrian capital since 1939, and remain one of the most coveted tickets in classical music. Featuring a host of waltzes, marches, galops and polkas, the event remains a highlight of the musical calendar.

Under the baton of conductor Michael Seal, and featuring leading British soprano Elizabeth Watts, the full symphonic forces of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra return with the annual celebration, which will include the Fledermaus Overture, Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Emperor Waltz and, of course, The Blue Danube.

Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra said, “The Viennese really know how to start the musical year in style, and we know how much families throughout the South West enjoy marking their New Year together at these special concerts — we can’t wait to celebrate with you all!”


The BSO continues to broadcast a number of its main season concerts from Poole throughout the year — and its symphonic touring continues in the New Year with further concerts in Basingstoke, Exeter, Portsmouth and Truro.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Viennese concerts take place at Lighthouse, Poole (Saturday 1 January), Cheltenham Town Hall (Friday 7 January), and Weymouth Pavilion (Saturday 8 January). For full details visit