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National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

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An orchestra sat on stage in a beautiful concert hall.

Formed in 1918, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (NSOU) is the country’s principal orchestra and recognised as one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe, having achieved worldwide recognition through multiple international tours.

Since 1993, the 98-strong orchestra has released more than 100 critically acclaimed recordings featuring Ukrainian and international repertoire. We are delighted to present the orchestra’s visit to Bath Forum this October as the first date in a 17-concert tour of the UK – its biggest UK tour in 100 years.

The orchestra’s performance in Bath will include a specially selected piece by Ukrainian composer Boris Lyatoshynsky (1895–1968) whose works the NSOU have proudly premiered in the past. Lyatoshynksy’s works are considered extremely accessible, thrilling and well-loved by audiences whenever they are performed, and it’s a special privilege to have his work in the programme for this concert.

Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko will join the orchestra on stage to perform Bruch’s much loved Violin Concerto and the orchestra will end their performance in Bath with Sibelius’ expansive and emotional First Symphony. The Finnish composer understood only too well the horrors of a Russian invasion and his music powerfully expresses the same emotions that resonate so strongly today with the people of Ukraine.

In addition to providing a UK-wide platform for the orchestra to perform, the 2023 tour is also fundraising to support the NSOU and the continuation of Ukraine’s rich musical culture during the ongoing conflict the country is facing. A JustGiving appeal has been set up with a target of raising £24,000, with all proceeds being donated directly to the orchestra at the end of their tour.

Presented by Bristol Beacon at Bath Forum

This is a seated event

Volodymyr Sirenko Conductor
Aleksey Semenenko Violin
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine



Boris Lyatoshynsky Grazhyna Symphonic Picture
Max Bruch Violin Concerto No 1
Jean Sibelius Symphony No 1

Extended programme notes are available which complement the printed programme available on the night.


Ticket Offers

U26s – £10 incl. bf (limited availability)
Ukrainian Nationals – FREE (limited availability)

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“The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine has been an important part of the country’s culture for over 100 years…We continue to perform, in order to protect and showcase Ukrainian musical culture and show that there is more to our country than just the conflict.”

Alexander Hornostai, NSOU managing director and producer

Ticket Offers

£10.00 tickets for Under 26s

There is a limited number of tickets available at £10.00 incl booking fee for Under 26s.


Free tickets for Ukrainian Nationals

There is a limited number of tickets available for FREE for Ukrainian Nationals


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18:30 Doors open

19:30 Performance starts

Boris Lyatoshynsky Grazhyna Symphonic Picture

Max Bruch Violin Concerto No 1


Jean Sibelius Symphony No 1

22:30 Finish

The venue

Bath Forum

Getting to the venue

Location: Bath Forum is located 270m from Bath Spa train station.

Address: 1a Forum Buildings, St James Parade, Bath, BA1 1UG

Car parking

On street parking is available directly opposite Bath Forum on Somerset street. The nearest car park, Southgate complex multi-storey, is 45m away from the venue.


Bath Bus Station is 200m from the venue with regular services to and from Bristol. (X39, 332, 319)

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Bath Forum is a wheelchair accessible venue and specific seats are available to pre-book for wheelchair users.

There is mobility parking for blue badge holders on the road opposite The Forum and in Avon Street and Southgate car park.

If you are a wheelchair user, please book tickets by calling our box office on 0117 203 4040 or email


Accessible toilets are located in the Lower Foyer area.
Baby changing facilities are also available.

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Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the venue.

Hearing Facility

Hearing loop facilities are available.
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