– Six concerts by Orchestra in Residence Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, including two with its new Chief Conductor Mark Wigglesworth

– Two concerts by Associate Artists the London Symphony Orchestra, including one with its new Chief Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano

– Visits from Sinfonia of London, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra and Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra of Colón Opera

– Leading soloists include Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Nicola Benedetti, Sir Stephen Hough, Víkingur Ólafsson, Gabriela Montero, Benjamin Grosvenor and more

– Four concerts as part of BBC Proms Across the UK over the August bank holiday weekend

– Bristol Beacon hosts the final of BBC Young Musician

Bristol Beacon has unveiled its first full orchestral music season following the much-anticipated reopening of the venue’s transformed concert hall at the end of last year.

The renovation of Bristol Beacon was driven by a vision to enhance and expand the venue’s orchestral and classical programme, capitalising on Beacon Hall’s world-class acoustics and bringing the very best orchestral music to enthusiastic audiences in the South West of England.

The new season firmly demonstrates this commitment, with performances by London Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia of London, plus soloists including Víkingur Ólafsson, Nicola Benedetti, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Sir Stephen Hough and more. The new season builds on sell-out orchestral performances at Bristol Beacon since its reopening, proving the strength of public interest in high-quality classical and orchestral music at one of the UK’s finest venues.

Orchestra in Residence and Associate Artists
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) – Orchestra in Residence at Bristol Beacon – present six concerts this season, including the opening and closing concert. Two of the performances are with the Orchestra’s new Chief Conductor Mark Wigglesworth, and the BSO’s former Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits returns to present a folklore-inspired programme. The BSO will also be joined by guest conductors Karl-Heinz Steffens, Valentina Peleggi and Gergely Madaras.

Six outstanding soloists will take to the stage with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra throughout the season, including Paul Lewis for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Nicolas McCarthy for Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand, Simone Lamsma for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Ksenija Sidorova for Václav Trojan’s Fairy Tales Concerto. Sir Stephen Hough performs his own Piano Concerto ‘The World of Yesterday’ which he premiered earlier this year, and Louis Schwizgebel closes the season with Grieg’s Piano Concerto.

London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) return as Associate Artists of Bristol Beacon with two concerts, the first of which is with its new Chief Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano who will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Walton’s Cello Concerto with LSO’s Principal Cellist Rebecca Gilliver. Later in the season Gianandrea Noseda and the LSO perform Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Symphony No. 12 alongside James MacMillan’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Nicola Benedetti, for whom the concerto was written.

Visiting ensembles and soloists
In addition to its Orchestra in Residence and Associate Artists, Bristol Beacon’s 2024-2025 season will see a range of leading ensembles from the UK and abroad perform on its new state-of-the-art stage. The season sees Beacon Hall debuts for Sinfonia of London, who perform a special afternoon concert with Sheku Kanneh-Mason and their conductor John Wilson, and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra who present a dance-themed concert with Jeneba Kanneh-Mason.

Other visiting ensembles include the London Philharmonic Orchestra who will perform with their Principal Guest Conductor Karina Canellakis and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and the Prague Symphony Orchestra who visit Bristol with Chief Conductor Tomáš Brauner and will be joined by pianist Gabriela Montero. The Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra of Colón Opera not only make their Bristol Beacon debut, but also their UK debut, with a programme that mixes music by Wagner and Tchaikovsky with that of Piazzolla and Bizet. Conducted by Mariano Chiacchiarini, the programme includes Piazzolla’s rarely performed Bandoneon Concerto with soloist Pablo Mainetti.Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson will perform a solo recital on Bristol Beacon’s Steinway piano which Ólafsson helped to choose prior to the reopening, bringing a programme of Beethoven’s final three piano sonatas.

BBC Proms Across the UK and BBC Young Musician Grand Final 2024
Bristol Beacon has two major partnerships with the BBC this year, starting off as a residency venue for the BBC Proms – the first Proms long-weekend to be hosted in Bristol. The weekend begins with an immersive concert experience by the Bristol-based Paraorchestra and Charles Hazlewood who will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 on the move, interspersed with new music by Ivor Novello Award-winning composer Oliver Vibrans. The BBC Singers celebrate their 100th anniversary with a programme of a cappella masterpieces, and Kirill Karabits performs his last concert as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor and will be joined by Evelyn Glennie for a performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto. The final Prom of the Bristol weekend is a CBeebies Prom with Kwamé Ryan and Southbank Sinfonia, presented by Andy Day and Puja Panchkoty from Andy’s Adventures.

As ever, BBC Radio 3 will enable the festival to reach millions of people by broadcasting every single Prom, and they will all be available on BBC Sounds.

Bristol Beacon will also be the host venue for the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2024, taking place on 24 September. Three finalists will perform a full concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the evening will be broadcast later in the Autumn on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds.

General sale for the 2024/2025 orchestral season at Bristol Beacon opens on 7 June, with multibuy offers available in addition to £10 tickets for Under 26s.

BBC Proms concerts and BBC Young Musician Grand Final are not part of the main Bristol Beacon orchestral season and are priced separately. BBC Proms concerts are already on sale and BBC Young Musician Grand Final tickets will be on sale on 7 June.