Highlights of BSO’s 2012

Well, another year is at an end. But what a year! BSO’s 2012 has seen the Orchestra travelling all over Europe giving unforgettable concerts and delivering inspirational education projects. We asked a selection of BSO musicians, staff and our fantastic volunteers what their personal highlights of the last 12 months have been:

Nickie Dixon (Double Bass):
My highlights were the soloists Benjamin Grosvenor, who brought such an interesting approach to the Grieg, and also the outstanding James Ehnes. Sibelius 4 is another favourite symphony of mine. I know it is dark, but I love plunging into the emotional depths of the piece. I also remember years back playing if for the first time when Paavo Berglund came to conduct; very moving.

Martin Grubinger with the BSO
The BSO toured to Germany with Martin Grubinger

Johanna Büker (Marketing Manager):
Winchester Cathedral Diamond Jubilee concert – such beautiful music in such beautiful surroundings, and a very interesting experience for a non-Brit!! Also touring to Germany with Martin Grubinger: my English orchestra in my former hometown with a memorable concert made for a very special moment.

Penny Tweed (Second Violin):
My highlight was in a small church in west Dorset on a wet and windy Sunday evening in November. BSO Resonate Strings, the Freedance Choir and the church bells performed to a standing-room only crowd. You can watch the enchanting performance here.

The Chalk Legend
The Chalk Legend

Janet Jeffs (BSO Volunteer):
The Chalk Legend concert at Weymouth in May was a highlight for me, it was just mesmerizing! Would love to see it again. 

Nick Thorne (Education Projects Manager):
The best moment of 2012 for me was the final event of our 18 month long project The Chalk Legends at the Sailing Academy. Seeing hundreds of musicians, singers, dancers and actors all come together to celebrate London 2012 with the BSO (and a JCB digger!) was just terrific. Watch 5 minutes of highlights here.

Hannah Gibson (Development Officer):
My overall highlight so far still has to be the opening season concert and hearing The Planets. The power of the Orchestra was brilliant and there was such an atmosphere as well; the entire hall was just completely taken in by the performance.

Geoff Morgan (BSO Volunteer):
Musically, the most memorable piece was Sibelius 4 last month. I never really liked this symphony, but by getting to grips with its very dark nature I saw the piece in a totally new light. It was a revelation. I was transfixed throughout the performance and the buzz I felt afterwards was amazing.

Matt Belcher (Digital Officer):
My first year with the BSO has been incredible with so many highlights. Working with amazing artists like Marin Alsop, Simone Lamsma, Francesco Pietmontesi, Julian Lloyd Webber and many more for BSO Vibes and helping with education projects like the Dorset Rusty Musicians and The Wreck of the Titanic definitely rank highly. But my favourite moment of 2012 has to be Kirill conducting Shostakovich 6 at the very beginning of the year – an amazing thrill hearing ‘my’ orchestra in concert for the first time.

What have been your favourite moments of 2012? We’d love to hear your highlights – let us know below or via our Facebook page.


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