We are delighted to announce our Spring 2021 series of live and exclusive symphonic concerts, performed from our home venue of Lighthouse, Poole and simultaneously streamed to households across the UK. An exciting mix of concerts conducted by Kirill forms the backbone of the series and we are delighted to welcome back a host of guest artists including Sunwook Kim, Stephen Hough, Mark Wigglesworth and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Whilst our concerts will be slightly shorter than usual and presented without an interval, in planning our programmes our priority is to maintain the integrity of a full BSO season, bringing you great music, great artists and of course, your great Orchestra.

Pre-concert talks videos, given by Andrew Burn, will also be available to watch before each concert, giving valuable insights into the music being performed, and pdf concert programmes will also be downloadable.

Digital tickets are available to book online now. Each concert costs only £9 (including obligatory VAT). Alternatively you can purchase a digital subscription package which will give you access to all 12 concerts for just £100. Included in the ticket is free access to the pre-concert talk videos and free concert programmes.

All concerts will be livestreamed via the BSO website and are then available to watch on demand for 30 days.

As a digital ticket holder you will have automatic access to the premium page specific for each concert when you log in to your BSO account. Full details will be sent when you make your booking and you will receive a reminder email, together with viewing link, each Monday. The links also appear on each concert event booking page. And if you cannot watch live for any reason, all performances will be available to view on demand for 30 days after each livestream.

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Past Reflections
Ravel, Couperin and R Strauss

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 6 Janaury, 7.30pm
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An evening of homage to composing predecessors. Perhaps one of Ravel’s most personal creations Le tombeau de Couperin is a memorial to the fallen in the First World War. Bursting with colour and inventiveness, he reimagines the clarity and rhythmic liveliness of its Baroque forebears. Couperin in turn depicts the elder composer’s elevation to Mount Parnassus whilst the elegant, witty and tender music of Lully himself, enlivened by Strauss’ colourful orchestration and counter-melodies, is central to his bold adaptation of Moliere’s famous comedy.

Power and Passion
Berlioz and Dvořák

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 13 January, 7.30pm
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Not intended to open a performance of Shakespeare’s play, Berlioz’ “concert overture,” rather intended to suggest a link to a well-known literary or theatrical work in a single movement. He simply wanted to write a score of powerful tragic character and, having done so, entitled it with the name of the greatest tragedy he had recently read. If it was Smetana who effectively created the Czech musical character, it was Dvořák who took it to the world. His Sixth Symphony, the first to be published (which is why for many years it was known as his First), sees Dvořák’s style fully formed, the thick scoring of his earlier symphonies now replaced by the colourful, translucent sound that characterised his mature output.


BSO@Home: Behind the Scenes
Hough and Tchaikovsky

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 20 January, 7.30pm
View Now: Stephen Hough and Tchaikovsky

View Now: BSO Behind the Scenes
Watch our interesting video about how we bring our digital livestreams to you each week.
Head of Concerts and Programming, Heather Duncan interviews Pianist, Stephen Hough, about performance and his book. This is followed by a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet by our very own BSO.


Music from St Giles
Jesper Svedberg and Eluned Pierce

St Giles House, Wimborne
Wednesday 27 January, 7.30pm
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BSO Principal Cello and Harp, Jesper Svedberg and Eluned Pierce, perform a selection of pieces for cello and harp, expecially recorded for BSO@Home at St Giles House – its tranquil setting the perfect foil for the graceful music on offer which includes works by Mendelssohn, Fauré, Rachmaninov and Saint-Saëns, and concludes with JS Bach’s beautiful Cello Suite No.1.


Paul Lewis plays Mussorgsky
Mussorgsky and Mozart

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 3 February, 7.30pm
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Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.

Mozart and Beethoven
BSO Musicians

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 10 February, 7.30pm
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Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 is a bright, flirtatious work that opens with a famous melody. The Adagio finds the flute singing a dusky song over pizzicato strings, before the lively finale with its playful exchanges between flute and violin. During the second half of the 18th century, serenades and divertimentos represented the favourite pop music of the aristocracy and middle class and Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat sums up this frothiest of musical entertainments. Much to Beethoven’s chagrin, its relentless popularity tended to eclipse some of his greater achievements. He ranted and railed when the work continued to overshadow his truly great masterpieces until his dying day. However, the numerous reincarnations of the Septet bear eloquent witness to the work’s hit-parade status among amateur musicians of the time.


Wind and Brass
Mozart, Byrd and Bruckner

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 17 February, 7.30pm
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The BSO Wind Octet and BSO Brass Ensemble perform Mozart’s witty and stylish Wind Serenade No.11 and a selection of brass pieces by Byrd, Dowland, Handel and Bruckner.


Hough plays Brahms
Schumann and Brahms

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 24 February, 7.30pm
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Schumann’s overture to his tragic opera Genoveva sets the mood and foreshadows the story’s path from the brooding intensity of C minor to the ecstatic joy of C major, duplicating his hero Beethoven’s progression in the famed Fifth Symphony. The monumental First Piano Concerto occupied Brahms for at least five years. After beginning a two-piano sonata in 1854, he soon realised that the musical material required orchestral treatment and recast the opening as the first movement. Later adding the jaunty finale, followed by the radiant slow movement, adjustments were made up to and even beyond the first performances in 1859.


Defiant Shostakovich
Schubert and Shostakovich

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 3 March, 7.30pm
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Schubert’s concise Third Symphony, written in 1815 during an explosion of creativity which saw over 200 compositions written, nevertheless foreshadows ideas that would expand the scale of the symphony. Liadov’s brilliant and fantastical tone poem is one of the most beautiful atmospheric depictions of a lake, inhabited by fairies and wood sprites, in the moonlight. Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony was written in a fateful year – 1945 – and subverted the expectations of the Russian musical world. Devoid of pompous grandeur; it is a transparent, classically-oriented work belying a complex emotional landscape riddled with Shostakovich’s irreverent sense of humour.


Love Lost and Found
R Strauss, Mahler and Brahms

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 10 March, 7.30pm
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Dreaming by the Fireside is a tender and poignant symphonic interlude from Strauss’ comic opera Intermezzo in which the heroine sits alone by her fireplace, daydreaming of a lover. Mahler’s early song cycle depicts an incredible sadness on his breakup with Johanna Richter. With texts very much of the German Romantic tradition – themes of unrequited love, departure, nature as a comforter – musically, they are unmistakably Mahler’s own. Unlike the First Symphony, which took Brahms over 20 years to complete, work on the Second went smoothly.
It was finished in just four months and is often described as the cheerful alter ego to its solemn predecessor.


Sunwook plays Beethoven
Beethoven and Schumann

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 17 March, 7.30pm
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In this most lyrical, poetic and fantastical of his concertos, Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, one of his most daring keyboard works – ardent yet melancholy, heroic yet ethereal, anguished yet whimsical. There is a bucolic freeness to its opening, but it only takes a few minutes for it to explode into restless action. Schumann’s Fourth Symphony is a sinuous and structurally taught work. Its four thematically connected movements are played without pause, enhancing the poetic flow of the solemn grandeur of the music before reaching its volatile and explosive ending – and its threat of insurrection, violence, terror and madness.


Easter Passion
Penderecki and Haydn

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 24 March, 7.30pm
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Penderecki described his four-minute, brass Prelude as a distillation of his childhood memories from the period of German occupation and communist regime that came to dominate Poland after the war, leading to a sense of final liberation. Haydn “translated” the seven last short sentences uttered by Christ from the Cross (according to the gospels of Matthew, Luke and John) into a sequence of seven slow, prayerful, meditative sonatas, framed by an intense introduction and a short, explosive coda. It was commissioned in 1783 for the Good Friday service at the Oratorio de la Santa Cueva, Cádiz.