Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra at Colston Hall, performing a series of concerts here every year. Since its foundation in 1893 the ensemble has worked with such historic figures as Bartok, Sibelius, Holst, Stravinsky, and Vaughan-Williams, among many others. The orchestra gives over 150 performances each year, collaborating with world-class conductors and soloists keeping them at the forefront of the UK orchestral music scene.
The BSO is proud to serve the communities of South and South West England, as well as appearing on many of the world’s great stages including Carnegie Hall, New York; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; and Musikverein, Vienna. Since the first pioneering recordings in 1914, the BSO now has over 300 recordings to its name. Releases include a critically-acclaimed collaboration with James Ehnes and the top-selling classical recording of 2012 in partnership with Nicola Benedetti.
Away from the concert hall and recording studio, the orchestra is committed to engaging new audiences through their education and community department, BSO Resonate. BSO musicians also take part in an extensive array of community outreach projects.
Pete Harrison studied bassoon at the Royal College of Music, and started out in the pit playing the bassoon in various West End shows, including Crazy for You, Martin Guerre, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Lautrec. He went on to become an Assistant Conductor on ‘Crazy for You’, and so his conducting career began in earnest.
Pete is a regular guest conductor with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked as the Musical Supervisor for Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert, Chess in Concert, and Les Miserables in Concert. Pete is involved with the orchestral management of West End and touring shows, including Shrek, Billy Elliot, Dirty Dancing, Priscilla Queen of the Desert , Sister Act, Hairspray and Guys & Dolls. Tours have included Rocky Horror Show, Legally Blonde, High School Musical (1 & 2) and Spamalot.