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!
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  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)
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  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.
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  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.

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.

On-Set: The making of a BSO Video

The spotlights are shining brightly as the clapperboard drops and emits a sharp crack; the camera is rolling and the director shouts “ACTION!”

Ignoring that the clapperboard is my hands and the spotlights are energy saving bulbs bought off eBay, our latest video brought a little Hollywood glamour to BSO HQ as the marvellous Petroc Trelawny popped by to lend us a hand.

Hopefully you might have seen the finished product, where in two minutes and 28 seconds you get a whistle stop tour of the great music that we have lined up for our 2012/13 Bournemouth Pavilion series. This blog shares some behind the scenes snaps of how it was put together.

A little while ago, Petroc was in Poole to introduce one of our live broadcasts on Radio 3. Having spent the morning with the crack BBC team and their incredible outside broadcast truck, he kindly offered to traipse up the two flights of stairs to our lavish “studio” and make his mark on cinematic history… So, piece of green cloth pinned on to the wall of an empty office and the light bulbs coaxed into life, we were ready to go.

Petroc Trelawny in the BSO Studio

Petroc doing his thing in the BSO office-cum-studio

Completely unfazed by his suddenly less illustrious surroundings, Petroc was brilliant and within 10 minutes we had everything needed and more in the can; a true pro and we’re incredibly grateful to him for helping us. Next we had to sort through the footage and begin to piece together the best clips, making sure everything flowed and made sense. Some quick digital trickery later and the obnoxious green hue had disappeared, leaving Petroc ready to narrate over any background of our choosing.

BSO Green Screen Sequence

Three stages of the edit: Petroc as filmed; greenscreen removed; and against the Southern Climes graphics

The problem with previewing concerts yet to happen is that there isn’t really an opportunity to film the Orchestra and soloists in action. The BSO’s busy schedule means rehearsals for a concert usually take place a few days before – not ideal when we want to show you what’s coming up next May! However, over the past few months we’ve been collecting footage every now and then of the Orchestra rehearsing and the archive is proving invaluable now. Throw in some photographs, tweak the audio, design some animation and, voilà!, you have… well, 200-odd little boxes all lined up in the editing software.

BSO video in Premiere Pro

Lots of boxes: the project in the video editor

Each box is a separate element (footage, graphic, audio or text) within the video which you can line up and play with as you go along, but you don’t really get a proper idea of what it’ll look like until the computer beats its processor into submission and half an hour later a shiny video file drops on to your desktop.

Hopefully you’ll agree that it was worth the effort, and perhaps even be tempted along to the Pavilion? Over the coming months we’re also looking forward to some bigger and better digital projects that help you get closer than ever before to the workings of the BSO. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to see, get in touch! – we always love to hear from you.

Matt (Digital Officer)