David Hill conducts a special anniversary performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Jette Parker Young Artist Simon Shibambu to mark the work’s 75th anniversary in March 2019. Other debut performances with the BSO this season include British singer Allison Oakes who makes her UK professional debut performing Strauss’ Four Last Songs (Poole: 24 Oct, Exeter: 25 Oct), and main season debuts for young British conductors Ben Gernon (Poole: 17 Oct, Portsmouth: 18 Oct) andJamie Phillips (Poole: 10 April, Exeter: 11 April, Portsmouth: 12 April). Violinist Baiba Skride makes her BSO debut performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto conducted by German conductor Clemens Schuldt, also making his BSO debut (Poole: 30 Jan, Exeter: 31 Jan).
BSO’s new Artist-in-Residence for the 18/19 season, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, gives three programmes throughout the season. Moser, hailed by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists”, performs Walton’s Cello Concerto for the first time in November in Poole (28 Nov), Portsmouth (29 Nov), Bristol (30 Nov) and Basingstoke (1 Dec) conducted by Karabits alongside works by Stravinsky and Shostakovich. For his recital in Poole (6 Feb) Moser is joined by his regular recital partner, pianist Andrei Korobeinikov, to perform a programme of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov following the duo’s ECHO Klassik Award-winning disc in 2016.
Moser returns for his final performances with the BSO in May to perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C and the World Premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Suite for Cello, Strings and Timpani, a work Moser commissioned, alongside works by Grieg and Mozart (Poole: 1 May, Sidmouth: 2 May, Bristol: 3 May). Grammy-Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich, who was BSO’s Artist-in-Residence in the 15/16 Season, returns to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Kirill and the Orchestra in January (Poole: 16 Jan, Basingstoke: 17 Jan, Exeter: 18 Jan). Sunwook Kim, who was BSO’s Artist-in-Residence in the 14/15 season, returns to performDvořák’s Piano Concerto with the Orchestra (Poole: 8 May, Portsmouth: 9 May).
Many pianists join the BSO this season including Kim Barbier who performs the Chopin Piano Concerto with Dutch conductor Frank Zielhorst, BSO’s Young Conductor in Association 2014-2016 (Portsmouth: 4 Oct, Bournemouth: 6 Oct), Saleem Ashkar (Poole: 31 Oct, Exeter: 1 Nov), Benjamin Grosvenor (Poole: 23 Jan, Portsmouth: 24 Jan) and Alexei Volodin (Poole: 5 Dec, Exeter: 6 Dec, Cheltenham: 7 Dec). Alexander Gavrylyuk performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1 in a programme also including the 1911 version of Stravinsky’s Petrushka conducted by Ion Marin (Poole: 6 Mar, Basingstoke: 7 Mar), who is also conducting a programme of Schubert and Bruckner earlier in the season (Poole: 14 Nov). Many other leading pianists join the BSO later in the season including Ronald Brautigam(Poole: 20 Feb, Exeter: 21 Feb, Bristol: 22 Feb), Andrew Tyson (Poole: 27 Feb, Portsmouth: 28 Feb), Lucas Debargue (Poole: 3 April) and Denis Kozhukhin (Poole: 10 April, Exeter: 11 April, Friday: 12 April).
Other highlights of the season include a welcome return by BSO regular Keels Bakels (Poole: 20 Feb, Exeter: 21 Feb, Bristol: 22 Feb) and Michael Seal conducting violinist Ning Feng in a programme of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Dvořák (Plymouth: 7 Feb, Portsmouth: 8 Feb, Bath: 9 Feb).
The Orchestra performs in a variety of venues throughout the season, bringing world-class orchestral music to audiences across the South and South West of England to a home region of over 10,000 square miles. In addition to its home, The Lighthouse in Poole, the Orchestra continues to build impactful relationships with organisations and venues across the region. This season, the Orchestra will perform at theGuildhall in Portsmouth, Bournemouth Pavilion, Exeter Great Hall, The Anvil in Basingstoke, Cheltenham Town Hall, Chichester Cathedral, Plymouth Guildhall, The Forum in Bath and Sidmouth Parish Church, in addition to The Victoria Rooms and St George’s Bristol whilst their usual venue of Colston Hall is being refurbished.
The 2018/19 season will see the BSO return to Cornwall for the Cornwall Residency in February 2019, and will see a mixture of school and community workshops, rehearsals and events all over the County. In 2019 the BSO aims to build on their record-breaking residency in 2017 where they reached over 6,000 individuals. BSO Participate will continue to deliver its regular programme of Schools’ Concerts, Rusty & Not So Rusty Musicians, Family Orchestra, Tea Dances and will also push forward with its work with people living with dementia delivering Dementia-Friendly Cake Concerts and work in NHS acute care wards around the region. November 2018 will see their Music for Youth Massed Ensemble perform at the Royal Albert Hall which aims to bring 500-600 young people together from the ages of 8 – 21 years from across Bournemouth, Southampton, the Isle of Wight and Poole to celebrate ensemble playing in the 21st century, as part of the BSO’s 125 anniversary year.
Alongside performances in major venues the BSO continues to perform high-quality chamber music concerts in local communities through its ensemble programme. The BSO is committed to making the orchestra as accessible to all – from taking music to rural locations, to inspiring and working with disabled musicians – through the world’s first disabled-led ensemble embedded in a professional symphony orchestra, BSO Resound. BSO Resound give their first major UK performance alongside the BSO at the 2018 BBC Proms in the second ever BBC Relaxed Prom on Monday 27 August at the Royal Albert Hall.