Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 15:11:2017

Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts In a night of intense drama the home audience was gripped by the raw, physical power of a performance in which passages of near silence teetered on the brink of stillness without ever quite surrendering to the void. Every inch the favourite general, Kirill Karabits marshalled his musical troops Read More…

Rudolf Schwarz – from Belsen to Bournemouth

He arrived in Bournemouth in a blaze of publicity seventy years ago as the first post-war musical director of the re-formed Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra in its brand new home – the re-commissioned Winter Gardens – but the appointment of Rudolf Schwarz was not without controversy and even elicited questions in the House of Commons. A Read More…

Alastair Simpson: BSO hurdy-gurdy man

It comes as no surprise to find a man whose Twitter profile describes him as ‘librarian, organ, trombone, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, tin whistle, conductor, composer, folk & choral singer, actor, bellringer, knitter, dog-walker’ is bemoaning a general lack of time to simply play. ‘Musical instruments are logical and with a few exceptions I can get something Read More…

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 09:03:2016

As religious works go, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem has come down to us more or less as the composer intended it – as a source of comfort to the living as they come to terms with loss. It’s an arm around the shoulder, a warm hug, an empathetic look that acknowledges the pain of grief and offers Read More…

Kirill Karabits 2013

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 120th anniversary this coming May with a concert of music that has been particularly associated with the Orchestra – including Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture from the then Municipal Orchestra’s first ever concert under Dan Godfrey’s baton on 22 May 1893. ‘It seems as if the new band will catch on’, a contemporary newspaper Read More…