Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Serving the South and South West of England, but with a national and international reputation, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has been a cultural beacon since its foundation in 1893
Serving the South and South West of England, but with a national and international reputation, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra strives to be the model of a 21st century orchestra, enhancing lives through the power of music.
Regarded as ‘the cultural heartbeat of the South West’, we perform over 140 concerts each year, serving our home territory of over 10,000 square miles with full symphonic concerts in Poole, Bournemouth, Exeter, Bristol, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Cheltenham, Salisbury and beyond.
Alongside our busy concert schedule, BSO Participate, our education and outreach programme, delivers events in over 200 locations across 23 Local Authority areas, extending our reach and impact far beyond the concert hall.
Music should be experienced and enjoyed beyond the concert hall. The BSO Participate team work with the youngest and oldest members of communities across the South West, bringing music into the heart of everyday life.
Working with our world-class professional musicians, activities are tailored to the needs of local groups to celebrate diversity and individuality through concerts, workshops and other events.
We bring the the world of symphonic music to life, engaging with music lovers and introducing new listeners to the thrill of a live symphony orchestra.
Health and Wellbeing
Hugh’s Musical Walks
Sing, clap or whistle along with Hugh on a series of musical ‘walks’. BSO Associate musician Hugh Nankivell is a popular figure across the South West where he and his accordion are known for bringing cheer to care homes, hospitals and schools.
Specifically developed for people living with dementia, Cake Concerts are relaxed chamber performances in informal environments, combining classical repertoire with tea, cake and light chatter.
The BSO is working in partnership with Bristol Drugs Project to present a recovery orchestra for people living with addiction.
BSO Voices is a vibrant community choir, celebrating music through the joy of singing.
Family Orchestra brings the joy of making music to everyone in fun, easily accessible sessions. Inclusivity is key – open to all; any instrument, any standard, any age!
Rusty & Not So Rusty Musicians allows amateur musicians to perform alongside professional musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
The BSO brings exciting music to our audience on a weekly basis and we host a number of events to give that extra layer of understanding about the music you are hearing.
Schools and 5-18-year-olds
Free concerts for KS2 students bring the symphony orchestra to life.
Trinity Laban Partnership
Celebrating and maximising the benefit and impact of collaboration between a major symphony orchestra and conservatoire.
BSO@Home – a weekly series of artist-led discussions on music, memories and the BSO.
Join us from the comfort of your home for a weekly series of artist-led magazine programmes. These regular discussions feature some of the Orchestra’s favourite guest soloists and conductors in conversation as they chat about their musical highlights and appearances with the BSO.