Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Serving the South and South West of England, but with a national and international reputation, the BSO has been a cultural beacon since its foundation in 1893. The Orchestra has worked with such illustrious figures as Bartók, Sibelius, Holst, Stravinsky and Vaughan Williams and more recently with Michael Tippett, John Tavener, Peter Maxwell Davies, Rodion Shchedrin and James MacMillan. Kirill Karabits is the BSO’s current Principal Conductor. Awarded Conductor of the Year by the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2013, he succeeds founder Sir Dan Godfrey and a host of conducting greats including Charles Groves, Constantin Silvestri, Rudolf Schwarz, Paavo Berglund, Andrew Litton, Yakov Kreizberg and Marin Alsop.

The BSO tours worldwide and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, New York; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna; Rudolfinum, Prague; and Philharmonie, Berlin. It makes regular appearances at venues in London and across the UK as well as promoting over 130 concerts in its home region of over 10,000 square miles - from full symphonic concerts in Poole, Bournemouth, Exeter, Bristol, Portsmouth, Truro, Torquay, Winchester, Cheltenham, Guildford, Brighton and Basingstoke to a variety of ensembles, including Kokoro, the BSO’s new music group, which perform at smaller and more unusual venues across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Hampshire. BSO musicians also take part in an extensive portfolio of education and community projects, from national curriculum based workshops in schools, through to tea dances for the elderly, performing alongside enthusiastic amateur players, working with community groups and 18 Music Education Hubs.

The BSO has over 300 recordings to its name since pioneering beginnings in 1914. Recent releases of Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Howells, Dvořák, Bartók, Weill, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian have all been highly acclaimed. A recent Onyx collaboration with Kirill and James Ehnes of the Britten and Shostakovich Violin Concertos has received rave reviews and the BSO also partnered Nicola Benedetti in her CD The Silver Violin which was the top-selling classical recording of 2012. The current project with Onyx of recording all the symphonies of Prokofiev, is due to see the release of the third volume, following from the success of the first two which have received rave reviews and high critical acclaim. In 2013 the BSO became Classic FM’s Orchestra in the South of England and this partnership has helped increase the reach of the Orchestra to new audiences.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra