What makes a Viola player smile..?


Tucking into the Pan Fried Scallops

Wednesday night saw the BSO play to a packed out Lighthouse, Poole, with a thrilling programme of Gershwin and Dvořák. Google reliably informs me that 15 hours of playing the viola in rehearsals and performances so far this week will have burnt around 2600 calories, so, in need of a quick energy boost before heading over to Portsmouth for the evening concert, I dropped in at our Bournemouth Pavilion Series sponsor WestBeach for a bite to eat on Thursday lunchtime. It’s a hard life, eh?

I was sampling the two dishes on the menu that directly support the BSO – the Pan Fried Scallops and WestBeach Mussels with Fries. Each time one of these dishes is ordered, a 50p donation is made to the BSO. But not only are you supporting a charity when eating here, both dishes definitely receive the sacred viola players’ Seal of Approval – as the smile on my face proves!


Delirious from delicious Mussels with Fries, or discovering a new instrument for the percussionists..?

There’s more good news from WestBeach too – you can currently win tickets to the BSO’s next concert in Bournemouth featuring some classical greats like Elgar’s Cello Concerto. I’m particularly looking forward to working with Philip Higham at this concert; a rising British star in the cello world and one to watch.

Take a look here to find out how to enter the competition. Good luck!

Jamie Pullman
BSO Viola


5 Reasons to See…

Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto

  1. Kirill’s Back!
    Our PC Kirill Karabits is back at the helm and in fantastic form. His last concerts with the BSO earned rave reviews and he’s really excited about performing Lutoslawski’s unique concerto. Listen to his thoughts here. 

    Image - Johannes Moser - Cellist

    Virtuoso Cello from Johannes Moser

  2. Mighty Johannes
    Johannes Moser is one of the very finest cellists on the scene today and a genuinely nice guy to boot! Enjoy a world-class musician on your doorstep. Have a look at Johannes tackling Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1, which he’ll be performing with us in Exeter too, and you’ll see what we mean!
  3. Historic Ties
    We’ve got a special connection to this piece. The BSO gave the world premiere of this concerto way back in 1970 with Mstislav Rostropovich the soloist. It was an instant success: “…the work is full of exquisitely imagined sounds and nuances, and gives much scope to Rostropovich’s extraordinary range of colour and articulation on the cello” (The Times, October 1970)
  4. Celebrate With Us
    The concert is part of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Bicentenary week, celebrating 200 years of landmark musical contributions. The RPS commissioned the Cello Concerto from Lutoslawski and you can find out all about it in a sepcial pre-concert talk with Johannes Moser (free to ticket-holders!). Discover more about the RPS’s celebrations here.
  5. What Sounds!
    You’ll be genuinely amazed by what the cello is capable of. From weird ethereal slides to frenzied bursts of pure passion, the unique soundscape of this piece will transport you to another world. Hear an excerpt of the opening here.

Hope to see you there!
23 January 2013 – Lighthouse, Poole. Find out more here.