Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra is resident at the Lighthouse arts centre in Poole

English orchestra, founded in 1893 and originally based in Bournemouth.

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Poole

Large coastal town and seaport in Dorset, on the south coast of England.

Large coastal town and seaport in Dorset, on the south coast of England.

The Poole Logboat, a 2,000-year-old dugout canoe discovered during dredging works in Poole Harbour
Beech Hurst in the town centre, a Georgian mansion built in 1798 for a wealthy Newfoundland merchant
Poole Quay was the busy centre of the town's maritime trade.
The borough council was based at Poole Civic Centre
The coat of arms of the Borough of Poole.
Poole lies on Eocene clays.
A panorama of Poole Town Centre viewed from Parkstone.
The Sunseeker shipyards opposite Poole Quay
Barclays House in the town centre.
Poole Quay, once a busy centre of maritime trade, has become increasingly popular with tourists
Poole Guildhall.
Poole Bay and the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth.
The Parish Church of St. James, built in 1819.
Poole Stadium is a greyhound racing venue and home to the Poole Pirates speedway team
The Lighthouse Arts Centre in Poole is the largest arts centre in England outside London.
The main transport features in Dorset.
Poole railway station
Poole Hospital is the trauma centre for East Dorset.

Despite their names, Poole is the home of The Arts University Bournemouth, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a significant part of Bournemouth University.

Godfrey (front left) in 1910 with Hubert Parry and Edward German (back) and Alexander Mackenzie and Charles Villiers Stanford

Dan Godfrey

British music conductor and member of a musical dynasty that included his father Daniel Godfrey (1831–1903).

British music conductor and member of a musical dynasty that included his father Daniel Godfrey (1831–1903).

Godfrey (front left) in 1910 with Hubert Parry and Edward German (back) and Alexander Mackenzie and Charles Villiers Stanford

He founded the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra in 1893 and remained its leading conductor for 41 years, until 1934.

Alsop, on the right, at a charity function in Baltimore in 2016

Marin Alsop

American conductor.

American conductor.

Alsop, on the right, at a charity function in Baltimore in 2016
Alsop with OSESP

Alsop was Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Bournemouth SO) from 2002 to 2008, the first female principal conductor in the orchestra's history.

Andrew Litton

American orchestral conductor.

American orchestral conductor.

Litton started his conducting career with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where he served as the principal conductor from 1988 to 1994, and is now its conductor laureate.

Paavo Berglund in the early 1960s

Paavo Berglund

Finnish conductor and violinist.

Finnish conductor and violinist.

Paavo Berglund in the early 1960s
Berglund (right) with the violinist Heikki Louhivuori of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Waiting for the train to Leningrad in 1963: from left to right, intendant Aulis Sallinen, conductor Berglund, violinist Pertti Kiri

In the UK, Berglund led Sibelius Centenary Concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1965, and became their principal conductor in 1972, concluding his tenure in Bournemouth in 1979.

Charles Groves

Charles Groves

English conductor.

English conductor.

Charles Groves

After accompanying positions and conducting various orchestras and studio work for the BBC, Groves spent a decade as conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Gustav Holst, c. 1921 photograph by Herbert Lambert

Gustav Holst

English composer, arranger and teacher.

English composer, arranger and teacher.

Gustav Holst, c. 1921 photograph by Herbert Lambert
Statue of Holst at his birthplace, Cheltenham. He is shown with the baton in his left hand, his frequent practice because of the neuritis in his right arm.
Blue plaque at St Paul's Girls' School, London
Literary influences, from top left clockwise: Max Müller, Walt Whitman, Thomas Hardy, Robert Bridges
The house in Barnes where Holst lived between 1908 and 1913. A commemorative blue plaque is fixed to the front
The Manse in Thaxted where Holst lived from 1917 to 1925
Holst's inscription on Adrian Boult's score of The Planets
Holst, caricatured as "The Bringer of Jollity", by F Sanchez, 1921
The opening of "Saturn", the fifth movement of The Planets
Holst drawn by William Rothenstein, 1920
"Boar's Head" scene from ''Henry IV Part I (1853 outline)

In 1902 Dan Godfrey and the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra premiered Holst's symphony The Cotswolds (Op.

Logo of Welsh National Opera

Welsh National Opera

Opera company based in Cardiff, Wales; it gave its first performances in 1946.

Opera company based in Cardiff, Wales; it gave its first performances in 1946.

Logo of Welsh National Opera
The New Theatre, WNO's Cardiff venue for 50 years from 1954
Geraint Evans, guest principal in 1966 and 1969
Tito Gobbi, WNO's Falstaff in 1972
Sir Charles Mackerras (pictured in 2005) became musical director in 1986.
Welsh Millennium Centre, Cardiff, WNO's home base since 2004

In 1952 the company moved its Cardiff venue to the Sophia Gardens Pavilion (built for the Festival of Britain), with the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra as the company's orchestra, replacing the previous ad hoc ensemble.

Conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006

Simon Rattle

British conductor.

British conductor.

Conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006
Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006

In 1974, he was made assistant conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Exterior of venue (c.2014)

Bristol Beacon

Concert hall and Grade II listed building on Colston Street, Bristol, England.

Concert hall and Grade II listed building on Colston Street, Bristol, England.

Exterior of venue (c.2014)
Interior of Colston Hall in 1873, before the fire
The Bristol Byzantine-style façade at the front of Colston Hall
The new foyer alongside Colston Hall, which opened in 2009

There is an annual International Classical Concert Season featuring regular appearances by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and visiting UK and international orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Berliner Symphoniker in the 2011–12 season, as well as solo artists such as Murray Perahia.