BSO announces 12 live streamed concerts from Lighthouse

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced a new series of 12 live streamed symphonic concerts from the Lighthouse for the start of the New Year.

They will run from 6 January to 24 March.

The orchestra sold almost 16,000 digital tickets for its live streamed autumn season in addition to over 2,000 spectators who watched the concerts live from a limited-capacity audience.

Audiences will be able to experience the live performances by digital subscription, which is available for individual concerts or season bundle. Limited seating will be available for socially distanced audiences in the concert hall.

BSO Chief Executive, Dougie Scarfe, said: “The level of support shown for the BSO during its inaugural livestream series has been astonishing.

“These symphonic performances have had a huge impact on audiences at home and all around the globe — and for the orchestra it’s been truly special to know that even in lockdown we have performed to more than a full hall online.

“We can’t wait to deliver this second series in partnership with our colleagues at Lighthouse, Poole, and series sponsor Investec, and are pleased to be able to present such an extraordinary line-up.

“From Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting Brahms and Schumann to the UK premiere of Mason Bates’ Auditorium and further Voices from the East discoveries — we look forward to sharing more live music.”

Kirill Karabits, Chief Conductor, opens the series in a programme of Ravel, Couperin and Richard Strauss before conducting five further performances.

Karabits said: “I’m excited to be joining my BSO colleagues for this new series.

“I’m especially pleased that we’re able to present a number of interesting lesser-known works for audiences in the South West and around the world to explore.”

The BSO will give the UK premiere of Mason Bates’ Auditorium. Bates is an American composer and DJ whose symphonic music has received widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds.

Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia is also in the new series which Karabits closes paying homage to Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki who died in March 2020.

Guest soloists include horn player Felix Klieser with Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.4.

Artist-in-Residence, Benjamin Grosvenor returns to perform a recital with duo partner, violinist Hyeyoon Park.

Mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston is the soloist in Mahler’s song cycle, Songs of a Wayfarer, in a programme of Richard Strauss and Brahms with the Orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor David Hill. Pianist Stephen Hough returns to perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Sunwook Kim performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 with Kirill Karabits.

Guest conductors

The orchestra will also present two additional programmes, Symphonic Abba and Hollywood Classics.

All performances are livestreamed through the BSO website (bsolive.com) and are available for 30 days.

For full details and tickets visit bsolive.com.

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