Bumper bundle of 18 classical concerts

The Heath Quartet will be performing as part of the University Of Portsmouth's Music In The Round.
The Heath Quartet will be performing as part of the University Of Portsmouth's Music In The Round.
Katherine Ryan

REVIEW: Katherine Ryan at the Portsmouth Guildhall

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A new link has been forged for the 2012-13 season between the two principal providers of professionally-performed classical music in Portsmouth.

The result is a bumper bundle of 18 concerts – 12 by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the Guildhall and six under the Music in the Round banner at the central library.

It is hoped that the link will help raise awareness of the Music in the Round series of chamber concerts promoted by the University of Portsmouth, and that the involvement of BSO players in two of them will encourage more supporters of each series to to try the other.

This comes at a time when the BSO is reporting a remarkable 11 per cent increase in attendances across all its venues last season - perhaps reflecting what principal conductor Kirill Karabits calls ‘the positive energy from the brilliant musicians of the BSO over the past year.’

Karabits will open the orchestra’s new Portsmouth programme on October 5 with an epic programme of Mozart’s final symphony, nicknamed the Jupiter, and Holst’s popular favourite, The Planets.

Other notable visitors include established favourites Tasmin Little and Steven Isserlis.

In addition to the BSO’s two concerts, the ninth Music in the Round season will include two by Ensemble 360, one by the Heath Quartet and one by violinist Peter Cropper with pianist Benjamin Frith.

For BSO concert details,visit BSOlive.com. For Music in the Round, visit port.ac.uk/musicintheround.

MIKE ALLEN