Bolton Symphony Orchestra to bring a new concert to Bolton this July

Bolton Symphony Orchestra is bringing an exciting new concert to Victoria Hall this July.

Permission to use photographs granted by Nikki Lord

“Unknown and Unfinished” will feature the orchestra alongside The BMS Singers and BCMCS Choral.

Nikki Lord, Publicity Officer and member of the orchestra, said: “This concert is different, this is nothing like we’ve ever done before…and it’s also pretty unique in the musical world.”

The concert, which is taking place on Saturday 2nd July, is in collaboration with conductor, singer, and composer Ricardo Luna, who is currently the Capellmeister of St Charles Cathedral in Vienna.

He first approached Jane Hampson of the BMS Singers about a potential collaboration when the group were on a trip to sing in the country.

Luna has studied the work of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner and has spent many years finishing his incomplete pieces of work.

The first half of the concert will comprise of a selection of extracts from these unfinished symphonies, alongside a monologue performed by an actor in the role of Bruckner (John Matthias).

The second part will then feature Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony No 8 in B Minor, as well as a performance of Bruckner’s Psalm 150. This final piece will include the choir and soprano soloist Georgie Malcolm.

The orchestra has also received funding for a live recording to be made on the night, for Luna to use in the future.

Nikki said that this unique event is perfect fans of Bruckner who wish to gain a deeper insight, as well as being an accessible way to introduce the music to those who are less familiar.

She added that the orchestra is excited to be bringing new music to Bolton and adding to the town’s rich cultural life.

Permission to use photographs granted by Nikki Lord

Bolton Symphony Orchestra is based at Victoria Hall, Bolton and was first formed in 1988. It now consists of 50-60 members who perform six varied concerts per year.

Tickets for “Unknown and Unfinished” are available and can be purchased online, by ringing the Victoria Hall box office on 01204 522569, and will also be available to purchase on the door before the concert.

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