• RPS award-winning Principal Conductor Kirill Karabits conducts complete Brahms symphony cycle, his first Bruckner symphony with the Orchestra, and the UK premiere of C.P.E. Bach’s St. John Passion to celebrate the composer’s 300th anniversary.
  • The Orchestra leads the largest ‘Friday Afternoons’ gathering with over 1800 children celebrating the Benjamin Britten centenary in Bristol.
  • Valentina Lisitsa, a BSO debut artist, opens the season with the piano at its heart. Soloists include Stephen Hough performing Liszt, Francesco Piemontesi, Simon Trpčeski and a rare performance from Romanian Radu Lupu.
  • Soloists include Sibelius competition-winning violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky as well as Renaud Capuçon and Nicola Benedetti plus cellists Alisa Weilerstein and Johannes Moser.
  • An exciting year for guest conductors includes Christian Curnyn, Andrew Litton, Thomas Dausgaard, Carlo Rizzi, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Alexander Vedernikov.

    Following a hugely successful year, which saw the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) sell over 125,000 tickets, Kirill Karabits launches his fifth season with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In its 120th season, the UK’s busiest Orchestra presents over 140 performances across 35 venues in the South and South West of England, reaching 5000 concert-goers per week across 10,000 square miles.

    Dougie Scarfe, BSO Chief Executive, said: ‘2013 marks the BSO’s 120th consecutive year of bringing live music to the South and South West of England, and I am delighted that the Orchestra maintains its exceptional artistic reputation in this new series of concerts. The national and international status of the Orchestra continues to grow under Principal Conductor Kirill Karabits, and we look forward to a season that will reach many thousands of music lovers across our wide region, as well as inspiring new audiences of all ages.’

    Karabits, recipient of the 2013 RPS Conductor Award, launches the season with Valentina Lisitsa performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 alongside several orchestral pieces by Wagner, in a programme which celebrates the composer’s bicentenary (2 October).

    Karabits’ critically-acclaimed interpretation of Russian repertoire continues with his exploration of Prokofiev’s symphonic works: Sinfonia Concertante (3/4 October) and Symphony No. 2 alongside Korngold’s Violin Concerto, performed by Nicola Benedetti (26/27 March).

    The Orchestra continues their recording partnership with Onyx, releasing further Prokofiev recordings in the coming year.

    In a season rich with exceptional symphonic repertoire, Karabits conducts his first Bruckner Symphony in the UK (No. 9 on 9/10 April) and the season concludes with an ambitious Brahms Symphony Cycle – where he conducts the BSO in all of the composer’s symphonies over two days (Nos. 1 & 2 on 7/10 May, Nos. 3 & 4 on 8/11 May).

    The BSO continues to deliver the highest-quality programming for all audiences, with an all-Mozart concert conducted by Kees Bakels including the Overture to Don Giovanni, Symphony No. 38 and the Requiem (13 November); Handel’s Messiah conducted by Christian Curnyn (18/19 December); and Elgar’s Enigma Variations (16/17 October).

    In a season celebrating artists making their debut with the Orchestra, Danish cellist Andreas Brantelid performs Elgar’s timeless Cello Concerto (30/31 October); Augustin Hadelich performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto (4/5 December); Jac van Steen conducts Chopin and Rachmaninov (12/13 March) and cellist Peter Wispelwey performs Schumann (30 April/1 May). Guitarist Xuefei Yang performs Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in a concert welcoming back Pablo González a former BSO Young Conductor in Association.

    Karabits continues his long-standing interest in historical performance practice with the UK premiere of C.P.E. Bach’s 1784 St John Passion with the acclaimed BBC Singers at Cadogan Hall to celebrate the composer’s 300th anniversary (16 April). The iconic work, thought by many to be lost, was part of an archive rescued by Russian soldiers in Berlin. The piece for singers, strings, oboes and continuo, was discovered in Kiev where Karabits himself identified and transcribed the work.

    The BSO continues its Britten 100 celebrations with a performance exploring Britten’s ‘Russian Friendships’ with acclaimed cellist Johannes Moser (20/22 November). Adrian Partington conducts the orchestra in two performances of the composer’s timeless War Requiem with the Bristol and Gloucester Choral Societies (16/23 November). In a nationwide project engaging tens of thousands of children, Karabits leads the orchestra in the largest Friday Afternoons gathering in the UK. 1800 children will gather at Bristol’s Colston Hall to sing Britten’s evocative song cycle Friday Afternoons complete with a specially-orchestrated accompaniment (22 November). This project is part of the BSO’s pioneering education work with the 18 Music Education Hubs of the South and South West, which aims to inspire and nurture young talent.

    The BSO also celebrates the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss with two orchestral programmes in December. Yan Pascal Tortelier will conduct the tone poem Till Eulenspiegel alongside works by Hindemith and Beethoven (4/5 December) and Karabits takes to the platform for the elegiac Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings (11/12 December).

    In a season with the best of pianistic talent at its heart, Radu Lupu performs Bartók’s Concerto No. 3 conducted by Thomas Dausgaard (6/7 November). Pianists Simon Trpčeski and Francesco Piemontesi make welcome returns to the orchestra performing Chopin (12/13 March) and Mozart (2/3 April) respectively. Stephen Hough joins the orchestra mid-season to perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 in Poole (5 February) Basingstoke (6 February) and Bristol (7 February) and Louis Lortie performs an all-Chopin recital in Poole (12 February). The piano celebrations conclude with a special concert celebrating BSO favourite John Lill’s 70th Birthday in Poole (9 April) and Exeter (10 April).

    Kokoro, the BSO’s contemporary music group, continues to promote new music across the South and South West. The group performs Jonathan Lloyd’s score to Alfred Hitchcock’s silent film classic, Blackmail (5 October) as part of the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival. The concert also marks the start of the three-year residency with composer Hywel Davies and the ensemble continues its on-going projects with Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth University.

    BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a selection of concerts live.


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