Arts news

Karabits and the BSO – a new chapter

THE Ukrainian-born conductor Kirill Karabits will end his tenure as chief conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in summer 2024, after a remarkable 15-year partnership. But the relationship, which has been so successful, will continue with Karabits becoming the BSO’s Conductor Laureate and artistic director of the Voices from the East programme. Karabits is the…

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BSO’s Somerset home in Yeovil

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has a new residency in Somerset, at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre. The long-term relationship was announced on the eve of a BSO concert at the theatre in November. The new residency will provide greater access to world-class music for communities in Somerset when the theatre, which is managed by South Somerset District…

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Arts Council boost for the Octagon

SOUTH Somerset District Council’s arts and entertainment service has been awarded almost £760,000 and National Portfolio Organisation status in the newly announced Arts Council England awards, covering the period from 2023 to 2026. Adam Burgan, the venues manager for the district, says: “Becoming an NPO for the Arts Council is a huge milestone in our…

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Ronald Pickup

ACTOR Ronald Pickup, who has died at the age of 80 after a long illness, is now best known for his performances as Norman in The Best Marigold Hotel films and as the Archbishop of Canterbury in The Crown. But for those of us lucky enough to have been around for the early days of…

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