Concert series 2021
Note all programmes are subject to change in relation to COVID-19 precautions


Summer Serenade

10 July 2021 7:30pm

Conductor Ben Crick

A short programme of summer music in a COVID-secure venue.

Bologne Symphony No 2 Op 11
Finzi Romance Op 11
arr for Brass Septet
Strauss Wind Serenade Op 7
Boccherini Symphony No 6 ‘La Casa del Diavolo’


An introduction to our new timpani


A surprise from members of our flute section

This concert will last approximately one hour and will have no interval

Adults £12

Under 19s FREE

Past event

The Undefeatable Human Spirit

25 September 2021 7:30pm

Conductor Ben Crick

​Soloist Doug Badger

Music is a universal language accessible to all and reflecting all that is the human experience.

Copland Fanfare for the Common Man

Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor
Op  85

Shostakovich Symphony 5
in D minor Op 47

Adults £12

Under 19s FREE


Tradition and Redemption

13 November 2021 7:30pm

Conductor Ben Crick

​Soloists Bethan Thompson (cello), Eleanor Hill (soprano), Paul Chamberlain (baritone)

with the choir of Bolton Catholic Musical & Choral Society

Perhaps the most famous four notes in music open Beethoven’s 5th symphony.

Beethoven Symphony No 5
in C minor Op 67

Bruch Kol Nidrei Op 47

Fauré Requiem Op 48

Adults £12

Under 19s FREE

About us

Bolton Symphony Orchestra was first formed by Nigel M Taylor who conducted its inaugural performance in 1988, as part of the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Local Government in Bolton. The Orchestra was re-formed in 1993 under the musical direction of Paul Payton. The Orchestra has established a reputation as one of the leading non-professional ensembles in the North due to the high standard of performances and innovative programme.

BSO contributes significantly to the cultural life of Bolton and also the North West. Recent performances have included Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Mahler's 8th Symphony, Bruckner's 8th, and a complete cycle of Beethoven's symphonies. We have performed with many leading international soloists including the violinist Leland Chen and pianist Peter Donohoe.

The Orchestra has recorded two CDs, the most recent being a performance of Ein Helbenleben by Richard Strauss, the other being "A Celebration" that demonstrates the versatility of the Orchestra and includes a BSO-commissioned composition by local composer Ivor Hodgson.

Our membership incorporates the very best of amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians who are drawn from throughout the North of England. The Orchestra is totally self-financed, funded by a mixture of subscriptions, sponsorship, box office and our Friends Association. We are always interested in hearing from people who would like to play in, hire or help the orchestra in some way.



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