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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits for his last Dorset performance as Chief Conductor at Lighthouse, Poole on Wednesday, 15 May 2024 Photo: Mark Allan

Going out with a bang at Poole

Wednesday’s concert at the Lighthouse concluded one of the most imaginative orchestral partnerships in the UK. As the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s second-longest-serving chief conductor, Kirill Karabits bid farewell to colleagues in Poole following his fifteen-year tenure during which time he has championed much unfamiliar music in his ‘Voices from the East’ series. His final concert […]

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Jac van Steen and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Smetana’s Má vlast

In recent years it has been customary to present Smetana’s national epic in its entirety, all six-tone poems at one sitting. Unlike the 2011 and 2019 Prom performances at the Royal Albert Hall (both of which included a Dvořák concerto), this singular account under Jac van Steen was given in two parts. While denying an uninterrupted journey

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Nicholas Lester (Guglielmo); Kitty Whately (Dorabella); Samantha Clarke (Fiordiligi); Alessandro Fisher (Ferrando) - Così fan tutte – The Grange Festival - Photo © Craig Fuller

The Grange Festival 2023 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte – Samantha Clarke, Kitty Whately, Alessandro Fisher & Nicholas Lester; directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans; conducted by Kirill Karabits

Martin Lloyd-Evans’s production opens this year’s Grange Festival, and encompasses both the traditional and the new, in its alert, pertinent engagement with Mozart’s opera. It is set at exactly the time of composition (1789, and premiered January 1790) in Naples as specified, but in that city as a rather wild place where everything is up

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Bournemouth Symphony at The Anvil

As adventurous as Kirill Karabits is when planning repertoire for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, British music does not appear at the top of his to-do list. So far this season only Elgar (First Symphony and Cello Concerto) and Walton (Violin Concerto) have featured on the schedule, so it was a special treat to hear Elgar’s

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Alexander Malofeev and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits at The Anvil, with Alexander Malofeev

”The works of Rimsky-Korsakov may be conveniently divided into two groups: the over-played and the unknown.” So claimed the musicologist Richard Taruskin. Now Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have given a rare and long overdue performance of the composer’s Symphonic Suite, Antar, originally titled Symphony No.2. After its 1869 premiere, the composer tampered

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