In a celebration of Kirill Karabits’ ten years as Chief Conductor of the BSO, his programmes reflect the remarkable breadth of his musicianship and creative programming, which has thrilled and moved us on countless occasions over the years. Whether exploring the cultural influences of the city of Weimar in the music of Liszt and Richard Strauss or John Adams’ jazz-inflected symphonic music in his City Noir, not to mention the music of Mahler, Beethoven, Elgar and Holst, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and his first Messiah with the BSO, our Chief Conductor’s versatility is remarkable.

Kirill celebrates ten years as our Chief Conductor

A highlight of the UK musical scene this autumn will be our performance of Richard Strauss’ visceral masterpiece Elektra, with a world-class cast – absolutely not to be missed! We are delighted to welcome the extraordinary Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero as our Artist-in-Residence this season.

Alongside Kirill we continue our ongoing relationships with a range of outstanding conductors and soloists including two visits each from Carlos Miguel Prieto and Ion Marin. Marta Gardolińska, who was so sensational when stepping in at short notice last year, has her own programme this season.

Gabriela Montero joins us as Artist-in-Residence this season.

From Rachmaninov to Symphonic Pink Floyd, Mozart to the music of John Williams and Hans Zimmer, your BSO is showing once again that orchestral music is accessible to all and we look forward to welcoming you to another compelling season of music making.