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Hollywood Head to Head with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Date: March 7, 2020

Time: 19:30

Location: Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole

The BSO brings you more classic film soundtracks from John Williams and Hans Zimmer!

Following last year’s sold-out sensation, we’re back with even more phenomenal soundtracks from perhaps the two greatest living film composers, Hans Zimmer and John Williams. In March 2020 the BSO return with Hollywood Head to Head, a a whole new set of classics from Zimmer & Williams (along with a few returning fan favourites).

Feel everything from the rush of Gotham City with Batman Begins to the dazzling magic of Hogwarts with Harry Potter to a T-Rex breathing down your neck with the iconic theme from Jurassic Park. Plus, this year we delve further into these composers’ repertoire than ever before with spine-chilling moments from The Ring, swashbuckling adventures with Hook and much more. Brought to life by the full orchestral force of the BSO, this concert takes you on a tour through Hollywood like you’ve never heard it before. If you like hearing these classics in the cinema, just wait until you’ve heard them performed by a live orchestra!

Hollywood Head to Head premieres our film night to brand new audiences, bringing all the movie magic to Bournemouth Pavilion alongside returning dates in Poole, Portsmouth, Exeter and Bath. Tickets are already selling fast across all our venues so make sure you don’t miss out and join us for one of our most popular concert staples of the year with Hollywood Head to Head!

Hollywood Head to Head with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Date: March 6, 2020

Time: 19:30

Location: University of Exeter Great Hall

The BSO brings you more classic film soundtracks from John Williams and Hans Zimmer!

Following last year’s sold-out sensation, we’re back with even more phenomenal soundtracks from perhaps the two greatest living film composers, Hans Zimmer and John Williams. In March 2020 the BSO return with Hollywood Head to Head, a a whole new set of classics from Zimmer & Williams (along with a few returning fan favourites).

Feel everything from the rush of Gotham City with Batman Begins to the dazzling magic of Hogwarts with Harry Potter to a T-Rex breathing down your neck with the iconic theme from Jurassic Park. Plus, this year we delve further into these composers’ repertoire than ever before with spine-chilling moments from The Ring, swashbuckling adventures with Hook and much more. Brought to life by the full orchestral force of the BSO, this concert takes you on a tour through Hollywood like you’ve never heard it before. If you like hearing these classics in the cinema, just wait until you’ve heard them performed by a live orchestra!

Hollywood Head to Head premieres our film night to brand new audiences, bringing all the movie magic to Bournemouth Pavilion alongside returning dates in Poole, Portsmouth, Exeter and Bath. Tickets are already selling fast across all our venues so make sure you don’t miss out and join us for one of our most popular concert staples of the year with Hollywood Head to Head!

Last Night of the Christmas Proms with Michael Xavier and the BSO

Date: December 22, 2019

Time: 19:30

Location: Portsmouth Guildhall

After last year’s spectacular success, the BSO, Pete and Michael are back to serve up another enormous helping of light-hearted seasonal music and holiday entertainment. Michael, who has starred in many West End hit musicals including Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma! and My Fair Lady will be singing a variety of hit songs and Christmas classics, including I’ll Be Home for Christmas, A Spaceman Came Travelling, Stars from Les Miserables, If I Can’t Love Her from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and another riotous rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas. With plenty of opportunities to join in with the fun and frolics, this concert will once again have you raising the roof and dancing in the aisles.

Last Night of the Christmas Proms with Michael Xavier and the BSO

Date: December 21, 2019

Time: 19:00

Location: The Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole

After last year’s spectacular success, the BSO, Pete and Michael are back to serve up another enormous helping of light-hearted seasonal music and holiday entertainment. Michael, who has starred in many West End hit musicals including Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma! and My Fair Lady will be singing a variety of hit songs and Christmas classics, including I’ll Be Home for Christmas, A Spaceman Came Travelling, Stars from Les Miserables, If I Can’t Love Her from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and another riotous rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas. With plenty of opportunities to join in with the fun and frolics, this concert will once again have you raising the roof and dancing in the aisles.

Last Night of the Christmas Proms with Michael Xavier and the BSO

Date: December 20, 2019

Time: 19:30

Location: University Great Hall, Exeter

After last year’s spectacular success, the BSO, Pete and Michael are back to serve up another enormous helping of light-hearted seasonal music and holiday entertainment. Michael, who has starred in many West End hit musicals including Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma! and My Fair Lady will be singing a variety of hit songs and Christmas classics, including I’ll Be Home for Christmas, A Spaceman Came Travelling, Stars from Les Miserables, If I Can’t Love Her from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and another riotous rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas. With plenty of opportunities to join in with the fun and frolics, this concert will once again have you raising the roof and dancing in the aisles.

Christmas Celebrations with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Date: December 16, 2019

Time: 1.30

Location: Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

Start your festive countdown with our ever-popular Christmas Celebrations concerts, full of sparkle and seasonal cheer. Full programme and details to be announced.

Christmas Starts Here with BSO Voices and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Date: December 14, 2019

Time: 15:00

Location: Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole

New for 2019, the BSO and Lighthouse present a family-friendly matinee performance to herald the start of the holiday season. Enjoy an afternoon of Christmas classics, including Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, The 12 Days of Christmas and Winter Wonderland, as well as an exciting selection of Disney songs from Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, and music from Home Alone by John Williams. With decorations and special lighting, as well as the fantastic sound of a full symphony orchestra, together with our choir BSO Voices it will be a cracker of a concert.

Works and composers

Trad (arr. Rutter) The 12 Days of Christmas

Marks Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rutter The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol

Menken Beauty & the Beast

Trad (arr. Moore) I Saw Three Ships Lopez Let It Go

Christmas Celebrations with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Date: December 13, 2019

Time: 19.30

Location: St David's Hall, Cardiff

Start your festive countdown with our ever-popular Christmas Celebrations concerts, full of sparkle and seasonal cheer. Full programme and details to be announced.

The Snowman Family Concert with The Ulster Orchestra

Date: December 7, 2019

Time: 14.00

Location: Belfast Waterfront

This wonderful animated film is now a festive family tradition, creating special memories for young and old. Join Pete Harrison, the Ulster Orchestra and young guest soloists for magic and adventure in this big-screen, classic tale of a boy whose snowman comes to life.

The Snowman Family Concert with The Ulster Orchestra

Date: December 7, 2019

Time: 16.00

Location: Belfast Waterfront

This wonderful animated film is now a festive family tradition, creating special memories for young and old. Join Pete Harrison, the Ulster Orchestra and young guest soloists for magic and adventure in this big-screen, classic tale of a boy whose snowman comes to life.