Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1893, has worked with many famous composers, conductors and musicians including Elgar, Sibelius, Holst, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams and Thomas Beecham; and more recently with Michael Tippett, John Tavener and Peter Maxwell Davies. Principal conductors since the founder Sir Dan Godfrey have included Charles Groves, Constantin Silvestri, Andrew Litton and Marin Alsop. The Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits took over in the 2008/2009 season.

The BSO has toured worldwide, performing at Carnegie Hall, New York; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Musikverein, Vienna; Philharmonie, Berlin; as well as regular UK appearances at Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall, London; Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Bridgwater Hall, Manchester.

The BSO is known worldwide through its recordings; recent critically acclaimed recordings have included CDs of Bernstein, Bartók, Sibelius, Glass, Adams and Elgar, and three discs featuring arrangements of Mussorgsky, Bach and Wagner by Stokowski were nominated for GRAMMY awards in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Each year the BSO performs over 130 concerts in Poole, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Weymouth, Exeter, Bristol and Basingstoke, as well as a huge range of education and community projects throughout the south coast region