Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive concert by the BSO so why not join us in some musical magic and sparkle! We have something for all ages and all tastes from an afternoon of family favourites and traditional classics to an evening of seasonal treats in the company of a full symphony orchestra and Broadway and West End star.


Christmas Starts Here

Lighthouse, Poole
Saturday 14 December, 3pm
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New for 2019, the special matinee performance to herald the start of the holiday season is specially designed for all the family. Enjoy an afternoon of Christmas classics, including Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, The 12 Days of Christmas and Winter Wonderland, as well as an exciting selection of Disney songs from Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, and music from Home Alone by John Williams


Handel’s Messiah

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 18 December, 7.30pm
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Handel’s magnificent masterpiece has been a firm seasonal favourite for over 200 years and continues to appeal to audiences you and old. The BSO is joined by a quartet of fantastic singers, and is conducted this year by Kirill who will definitely make it a very special occasion.

 

Last Night of the Christmas Proms

Great Hall, Exeter
Friday 20 December, 7.30pm
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Lighthouse, Poole
Saturday 21 December, 7.30pm
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Guildhall, Portsmouth
Sunday 22 December, 7.30pm
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After last year’s spectacular success, the BSO, Pete and Michael are back to serve up another enormous helping of light-hearted seasonal music and holiday entertainment. Michael, star of West End hit musicals including Sunset Boulevard and Phantom of the Opera, will be singing a variety of hit songs and Christmas classics, including Stars from Les Miserables, Oh What a Circus from Evita, Jingle Bells and another riotous rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas. With plenty of opportunities to join in with the fun and frolics, this concert will once again have you raising the roof and dancing in the aisles.

 

Celebration of Christmas Carols

Lighthouse, Poole
Monday 23 December, 7.30pm
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Experience the warmth and joy of Christmas with a concert devoted to the best traditional carols ever written. Join in the singing with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus with favourites including O Come All Ye Faithful, Good King Wenceslas, Ding Dong Merrily On High, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. With a selection of orchestral treats too, the evening is the perfect way to start the Christmas holiday in the company of family and friends, with a good old traditional sing-song.

 

New Year Johann Strauss Gala

Lighthouse, Poole
Wednesday 1 January, 3pm
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Great Hall, Exeter
Thursday 2 January, 3pm
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Town Hall, Cheltenham
Saturday 4 January, 7.30pm
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G Live, Guildford
Wednesday 8 January, 7.30pm
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The Brewhouse
Thursday 9 January, 7.30pm
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The Riviera Centre, Torquay
Friday 10 January, 7.30pm
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Pavilion, Weymouth
Saturday 11 January, 7.30pm
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Celebrate the New Year in style with the BSO’s annual Viennese gala featuring a bubbling selection of waltzes, gallops, polkas and marches by Johann Strauss and his contemporaries including Orpheus in the Underworld Overture (Can Can), Vienna Blood Waltz, Chatterbox Polka, Radetzky March and The Blue Danube.