What makes a Viola player smile..?

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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!

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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

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