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Thu 21 Nov 2024


Orchestral Season 2024/25

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

with Mark Wigglesworth

Beacon Hall

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Mark Wigglesworth begins his tenure as Chief Conductor of the BSO with Walton and a landmark of English composition.

Walton’s First Symphony displayed the composer at the peak of his symphonic thinking. Its turbulent emotions and high-voltage energy were the fruit of tempestuous events surrounding Walton at the time. After an eloquent, dramatic first movement, a stinging, malicious Scherzo and a truly melancholic slow movement, the finale is totally different in outlook – an almost Elgarian ceremonial jubilation, as if a cloud has lifted.

The Concerto for the Left Hand displays a great deal of resourcefulness and originality on Ravel’s part. Unfolding in a single movement in three sections, dark and powerful, it is so full of illusion and texture that the solo part rarely gives the slightest hint that a mere single hand is involved. The exquisite orchestral scoring leans toward the rich, lower pitches which lends it a rather sombre hue and an apt heroic grandeur.

In the overture to his only comic opera, Wagner skilfully combines the main themes associated with the mastersingers and their apprentices.

Presented by Bristol Beacon

Mark Wigglesworth Conductor
Nicholas McCarthy Piano
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra



Wagner Die Meistersinger Overture
Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand
Walton Symphony No. 1

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


Format: Reserved seating

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


Performance Times

Doors: 19:00
Start Time: 19:30

All timings are approximate and subject to change

“[Wigglesworth is] one of the world’s leading conductors.”

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Pre-concert Talk

with Jonathan James

18:00 or 18:25, Lantern Hall (30 mins) Please check the event page for start time
with a concert ticket

Hosted by conductor, music educator, writer and presenter Jonathan James, pre-concert talks are a great way to take a deep dive into the season’s concerts.

With his breadth of expertise and bags of enthusiasm, Jonathan introduces the works being performed, interviews members of the orchestras and demystifies the creative process

Please check the event page for pre-concert talk start times.

Orchestral Ticket Prices

There are five price bands for every concert in the 2024/25 orchestral season: Premium and Bands A – D, with the exception of Víkingur Ólafsson’s Piano Recital on Tue 8 Apr 2025.

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

Take advantage of our 2024/25 Orchestral Season Multibuy offer and save up to 30% on tickets!

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

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

A group booking offer is also available – book 10+ tickets for any one concert in the season and save 10%.

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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