BSO’s proms in Meyrick Park

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orches­tra’s 2017 Investec Proms in Meyrick Park start with a celebration of the music of John Williams on Friday 11th August at 8pm.

On Saturday 12th, there are all the lights and lasers you’d expect from the Queen Rock and Symphonic Spectacular, when the music starts at 7.30.

And on Sunday afternoon (13th August) there are events for all the family, including samba sessions, interactive workshops and BSO ensemble performances.

Sunday in the Park is aimed at providing something for everyone, starting at 1pm when Bournemouth-based BSO Associate Sam Mason starts his workshops, open to all. She invites participants to make new music on handheld percussion and instruments, exercise their lungs with the whole of Meyrick Park in a singing workshop, or just sit back and enjoy a picnic whilst listening to the many musical performances taking place throughout the afternoon; there really is something for everyone.

The day continues at 4pm with Summer Classics, conducted by Victor Aviat and including  well-known classics including works by Mozart, Bach and Elgar.

At 6.30,  Hampshire-based folk band Threepenny Bit will entertain audiences with traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds, and from 7.30 it’s the turn of Inspiration Choir from Southampton and their music director Pete Harrison  in a feel-good concert of songs for the height of summer, featuring pop classics, popular numbers from Broadway and spirituals.

Listen out for  a medley of Bee Gees hits, Elton John’s Your Song and guaranteed blue skies from ELO, together with uplifting spirituals from the Deep South of America including Down By The Riverside and Shenandoah, accompanied by the full symphonic sound of the BSO. There will also be numbers from popular Broadway musicals South Pacific, where a tropical storm is brewing on the island of Bali Hai’ and Hair, with the dawning of the Age of Aquarius where Inspiration really will Let the Sunshine In.

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