Forthcoming concerts
Note all events and programmes may by subject to change


The Poet as Hero

24 September 2022 7:30pm

Conductor Ben Crick

Leader Anita Levy

Narration in association with North West Theatre Arts Company

Once More Unto the Breach

Supported by Friends of BSO

Elgar Cockaigne Overture Op 40

Walton Henry V

Brahms Symphony No 4 in E minor Op 98

Adults £12

Under 19s FREE


The Trials of Life

19 November 2022 7:30pm

Conductor Ben Crick

Leader Anita Levy

Soloist Jane Burnell (soprano)

The End of the Affair

​Supported by Friends of BSO

Poulenc La Voix Humaine

​Vaughan Williams Symphony No 3 ("Pastoral")

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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The Orchestra is very grateful for the support of its Friends Association. The Friends offer practical and financial support and, in return, they receive a range of benefits including priority booking and access to rehearsals and social events.

The Friends Association has provided financial support for the Orchestra in many ways, including sponsoring soloists, contributing towards the CD recording and supporting the purchase of our timpani. The Friends are pleased and proud to support such a fine orchestra and contribute in these ways to its continuing success.

​​Members of the Orchestra have developed close ties with the Friends, and we welcome them to come along to see how the Orchestra works. We regularly put on private performances for them, and these are always convivial events greatly enjoyed by both Friends and performers alike.

The annual Friends subscription is £15, and we very much welcome new members!

For further information, please use the online contact form or enquire in person at the 'Friends' table at any concert.



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