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Orchestral Season 2023/24

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

with Kirill Karabits

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra opens our 2023/24 season in celebratory style. A newly commissioned fanfare written especially for Bristol Beacon by Mark-Anthony Turnage heralds spectacular orchestral showpieces from Beethoven and Stravinsky.

Stravinsky’s inspirational ballet, The Rite of Spring, is infused with an explosive fusion of rhythmic energy and instrumental colour, which evokes the violent genesis of pagan fertility and sacrifice.

The ‘Emperor’ is the largest in scale of all Beethoven’s concertos. It is an epic tour de force of unprecedented breadth and scale, pushing the virtuosic dexterity of the soloist to the full. Although Beethoven never gave the work its now familiar name, a spirit of heroism nonetheless infuses the music.

Shostakovich’s effervescent and triumphal Festive Overture shows the lighter side of an otherwise serious and introspective artist – perfect for any celebration.

Presented by Bristol Beacon

Kirill Karabits Conductor
Sunwook Kim Soloist
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Format: Reserved seating

Age: For all ages (Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)



MarkAnthony Turnage Beacons – Fanfares for Orchestra (world premiere)
Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’
Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Pre-Concert Talk with Jonathan James
Beacon Hall, 18:25. Free with concert ticket.


Performance Times

The Rite of Spring Projections: 18:00
Pre-concert talk: 18:25
Concert doors:
Concert start: 19:30
Interval: 20:30-20:50
Concert restart: 20:50
Finish: 21:25

All timings are approximate and subject to change

“Karabits’ negotiation of mood and tempo to shape this magnificently powerful performance is outstanding.”


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Pre-concert Talk

with Jonathan James

18:25, Beacon Hall (30 mins)
with a concert ticket

Pre-concert talks are a great way to take a deep dive into the season’s concerts.

Hosted by conductor, music educator, writer and presenter Jonathan James, these talks introduce the works in the programme and illuminate the creative process.

Orchestral Ticket Prices

There are four price bands (Bands A-D) for each concert in the Orchestral Season 2023/24. A fifth price band (Premium) will apply to some concerts in the season.

Within price bands A-D, there are two types of ticket: Standard and Open Concession.

If you are under 26, there is a fixed ticket price available on a limited number of seats for every concert.

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Ticket Offers

If you purchase tickets for more than one concert in the 2023/24 Orchestral Season, you may be able to take advantage of our Multibuy offer.

Buy 3 concerts save 10%
Buy 4-7 concerts save 20%
Buy 8-10 concerts save 25%
Buy 11 concerts save 30%

In order to qualify for the discount, tickets for the corresponding number of concerts must be purchased in one transaction.

Discounts are available for schools bookings.

About Beacon Hall

Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon

The venue

Beacon Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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