MUSICIANS from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have a full diary in the coming weeks, with concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanying young opera singers in Hampshire, continuing their St Giles House series, playing in Dorchester Hospital and fulfilling their annual concert programme in Poole and further afield.
The musicians return to The Grange at Alresford, where they have been playing for the opera season, on Sunday 10th September, to accompany semi-finalists in the Grange International Singing Competition, and again for the finals on Sunday 24th, both public rounds of the prestigious event.
The contest was launched in February, and since then 90 singers from 28 countries have taken part. The semi-final will feature the 12 singers who have gone through the preliminary heats. From them, six will be selected to continue to the finals.
Classic FM Live celebrates the music of John Williams in his 85th birthday year, with a special concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 19th September. The BSO has been invited to perform at the concert – A Night at the Movies – under the baton of Pete Harrison.
The concert also marks Classic FM’s 25th birthday .
On Wednesday 20th September, soloists from the BSO will travel to Wimborne St Giles, where they feature in the next concert organised in partnership with Lord Shaftesbury.
Now in its third season, the unique series of concerts has become a highlight of the musical calendar, featuring world-class artists performing intimate concerts in the special atmosphere of the library at St. Giles House near Cranborne in Dorset, the ancestral home of the Shaftesburys.
In the September concert, the musicians will showcase a great variety of music of the late Romantic tradition with works written between 1890 and 1915, by Debussy, Puccini, Ravel and Schoenberg.
Each concert in the Music at St. Giles series includes a pre-concert prosecco and canapés reception and a post-concert two-course dinner in the Drawing Rooms and State Dining Room.
A week later the orchestra is in Yeovil, opening the classical season at The Octagon Theatre. They will be joined by violinist Alexander Janiczek, the soloist in Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto. The programme, conducted by Victor Aviat, includes works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven. It starts at 7.30 on Tuesday 26th September.
For full details of the orchestra’s programme across the region and beyond, visit the website, www.bsolive.com