Biography of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra:
“...an orchestra at the top of its game...”, The Daily Telegraph - The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1893 and throughout its illustrious history it has worked with some of the finest composers, conductors and musicians in the world including Elgar, Bartok, Sibelius, Holst, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams and Sir Thomas Beecham. More recently the BSO has worked with eminent British composers Sir Michael Tippett, Sir John Tavener and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The dynamic Kirill Karabits is the present Principal Conductor of the BSO – a role he will occupy until at least 2016. He continues the fine tradition of esteemed past Principal Conductors, since founder Sir Dan Godfrey, who have included Sir Charles Groves, Constantin Silvestri, Rudolf Schwarz, Paavo Berglund, Andrew Litton, Yakov Kreizberg and Marin Alsop.
The BSO tours worldwide, performing in venues including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, New York; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna; Rudolfinum, Prague; and Philharmonie, Berlin; and makes regular UK appearances at Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Royal Albert Hall, London; Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. The BSO is dedicated to providing orchestral music across the South and West of England and each year gives upwards of 130 concerts from its home base at Lighthouse, Poole to Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Cheltenham, Weymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Basingstoke and Winchester. Taking music beyond the concert hall lies at the heart of the BSO’s commitment to engaging with new audiences. Through the pioneering education and community department – BSO Resonate – ensembles perform at smaller and more unusual venues across the region, whilst the BSO’s contemporary music ensemble Kokoro is at the forefront of commissioning and performing new works. BSO musicians also take part in an extensive array of projects which
reach more than 125,000 children and adults every year. The BSO has been making recordings and broadcasts since the 1920s, and now has over 300 titles to its name. It continues to release several CDs every year making it one of the most recorded orchestras in Britain today. Radio broadcasts enable the BSO to continually reach new and wider audiences; a continuing partnership with BBC Radio 3 ensures regular UK broadcasts of live BSO concerts and this together with countless plays on Classic FM allows over thirteen million people to enjoy the BSO’s performances each year.