BSO open air spectaculars

SUMMER seems a long way off while winter storms are still drenching the land, but there will surely be a lot of interest – and early bookings – with the news that the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will be back in the open air for two spectacular concerts in August.

Proms in the Park, in Bournemouth’s Meyrick Park, will take place on Friday and Saturday, 5th and 6th August, starting at 8pm. The classical extravaganza, on the Friday, includes the usual Proms favourites by Tchaikovsky and Elgar, while the Queen Spectacular show on Saturday will see conductor Pete Harrison harnessing the full forces of the BSO with an on-stage rock band and soloists from the West End musical We Will Rock You, in an evening of hits from (arguably) the greatest British rock band.

The BSO has a series of family events at Yeovil’s Westlands entertainments centre, including Time Together, a concert for young families and new parents, at 10am on Sunday 10th March, and Homelands, folk-tinged classical music, as well as sea shanties and folk songs, on Sunday 29th May at 2.30pm.

The West Country’s leading orchestra also makes regular visits to the University Great Hall at Exeter. Spring dates include Thursday 7th April when BSO principal conductor Kirill Karabits will conduct an exciting programme Soviet Heritage, with Suite from The Seven Beauties by the Azerbaijani composer Kara Karayev, the world premiere of Cosmology by his student Franghiz Ali-Zadeh and Shostakovich’s Symphony No 12. (This concert is at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Wednesday 6th).