Association of British Orchestras

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Contact details

2 Seldown Lane Poole
BH15 1UF
“Karabits and his Orchestra go from strength to strength” The Guardian 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 Chief Conductor – a role which will see him lead the Orchestra to its 125th Anniversary in 2018 and beyond. 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. The current project with Onyx of recording all the symphonies of Prokofiev with Kirill has just seen the release of the third volume, following from the success of the first two which have received rave reviews and high critical acclaim. The BSO also partnered Nicola Benedetti in her CD The Silver Violin which was the top-selling classical recording of 2012. In 2013 the BSO became Classic FM’s Orchestra in the South of England and continues to give regular live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. For more details about Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra visit © Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra June 2015

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Glasgow from 9 – 11 February 2022.