Review: BSO’s Hollywood Head to Head

The Great Hall, Exeter – Friday 6th March 2020

The Great Hall was at maximum capacity on Friday night, both on stage and in the stalls, as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra pulled out all the stops for their annual film-themed concert. A massive 84-person strong orchestra filled the stage to bring to life the glorious works of the world’s two greatest living film composers – John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Hollywood Head to Head

Review: Showcase- Jazz Orchestra and Ballroom & Latin Society

A chance to get all dressed up and attend the Exeter University Great Hall, alive with lights, jazzy tunes and spectacular dance numbers – what more could you want from a Monday evening? The Exeter University Ballroom and Latin Society and Jazz Orchestra Showcase promised to be “an unforgettable journey through Hollywood classics” and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere was filled with energy and expectation as audience members began to arrive and dancers milled around in their costumes for the opening number. The private bar and black-tie dress code added to the event’s glamour, with some people really committing in their DJs and posh frocks. My housemates and I certainly appreciated the opportunity to get out our classy velvet dresses without a £40 ball ticket usually characteristic of a Uni black-tie event! Continue reading Review: Showcase- Jazz Orchestra and Ballroom & Latin Society

Review: Loyle Carner @ Exeter Great Hall

It was always going to feel weird at a gig in the same place I’ve been forced to do so many exams. I was just getting past that, and the ridiculous Freshers’ Ball flashbacks (hello Professor Green), when the first surprise came out: Arlo Parks. Maybe I didn’t try hard enough to find out beforehand, but who was supporting Loyle Carner on his epic European tour seemed to be the best kept secret and one I was grateful to finally hear. Continue reading Review: Loyle Carner @ Exeter Great Hall

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

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

Review: BSO’s Pastoral Brahms

Having climbed the snowy slope to campus, the brassy warmth of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s presence in the Great Hall was sure to revive the spirits of all who made it there. As were the evening’s three pieces, under the heading of ‘Pastoral Brahms’. Clemens Schuldt was conducting, his second evening with the BSO following his debut the night before. His familiarity with the German Romantic canon was well-suited to the work, with which he displayed a near-frantic excitement throughout. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Pastoral Brahms

Review: BSO’s Smooth Classics Vol. 2

On Wednesday, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra brought to Exeter a different form of concert to the standard set-up. As the conductor, Marta Gardolińska, explained to me in my pre-concert interview for RAZZ, it was a night designed to attract those less familiar with classical music with a variety of musical delights. Rather than one or two shorter pieces, an interval, and then a symphony (as is typically done in contemporary concerts), the evening consisted of a tremendous sequence of pieces by a whole range of composers. The title of the evening was ‘Smooth Classics, Vol. 2’ with pieces chosen for their relaxing temperament. This being said, there was a multitude of emotions amongst the pieces of music, which the BSO asserted clearly in their performance. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Smooth Classics Vol. 2