Review: BSO’s Love and Loss

Something many students do not know is that in the week before Freshers’ every year, the University welcomes a crowd of musically gifted students onto campus for a week of music making. Freshers and returners alike get to take part in a range of workshops, from African drumming to jazz improvisation, not forgetting the annual pilgrimage to Unit 1 dressed in our ‘garish garms’. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Love and Loss

Preview: BSO’s Love and Loss

Following their epic return to the Great Hall stage just a fortnight ago, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra continue their 2019-20 concert season this Thursday night. Celebrated operatic conductor Stephen Barlow will be taking the orchestra under his baton and leading us on a journey of love and loss through the music of Strauss, Beethoven and Prokofiev. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Love and Loss

Review: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

With a programme like Sibelius’ Finlandia, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra could do nothing but start their concert season with a triple forte bang. I should begin with a disclaimer that I perhaps don’t write from the usual perspective of a casual BSO concert-goer, having been connected with the orchestra in varying forms as a spectator, concert steward and President of Exeter Uni Symphony Orchestra for many years now. I always find it interesting seeing the different people that rock up to the BSO concerts: the regulars who have been coming religiously since The Great Hall was built (as one man informed me when I offered to help him find his seat), the well-dressed families having a civilised evening out, the young couples on a classy concert date. This Thursday, the crowds were out in full for the BSO’s return to Exeter with this spectacular programme. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

Preview: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are back and they’re kicking off their 2019/20 concert season with some absolute classical bangers. Their opening concert ‘Elgar’s Masterpiece’ will be taking place this Thursday 26th September and features some gems you won’t want to miss.

You’ll be jerked to attention by the opening chords of Sibelius’ iconic Finlandia, soon moving from dark and dramatic brass to a ceremonious anthem for Finland, via a lively melody that will lift your spirits to the Great Hall ceiling. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

Review: BSO’s Echoes of Home

Exeter University’s campus was buzzing with life on Thursday evening, as fans of classical music descended on the Great Hall for another night of entertainment provided by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. For the final instalment of their 2018/19 concert season, an iconic programme of music by Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius was on the cards and the BSO did not disappoint, performing with unwavering precision and charisma. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Echoes of Home

Preview: BSO’s Echoes of Home

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns to Exeter’s Great Hall on Thursday evening for the final instalment of their 18/19 concert season. This time performing ‘Echoes of Home’, the works of Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius will be brought to life by this world-class orchestra, under the direction of guest-conductor Jamie Phillips. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Echoes of Home

BSO’s Rusty & Not So Rusty Musicians-‘Symphony in a Day’

Music has a remarkable power for uniting people. Whether it’s club-goers getting down to drum and bass, musical-theatre lovers belting out show tunes or a bunch of ‘rusty’ and ‘not so rusty’ musicians coming together to play Sibelius’s Second Symphony. Continue reading BSO’s Rusty & Not So Rusty Musicians-‘Symphony in a Day’