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Blackpool Symphony Orchestra

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since 1921

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Centenary +1 Concert Dates

We are hoping government guidance will enable us to begin our centenary +1 celebrations in July 2021.

  • Saturday 3 July 2021 at Horseshoe Pavilion, Winter Gardens 

  • Sunday 26 September 2021 - Centenary Prom at Blackpool Grand Theatre

       Tickets on sale now


  • Saturday 27 November 2021 TBC

  • Saturday 19 March 2022 at Marine Hall, Fleetwood

  • Saturday 2 July 2022 TBC

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Our second online string afternoon will feature Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis as well as the opportunity to play through Fantasiestucke no 5 Dance by Coleridge-Taylor. Adults £4 Under 19s £1

Blackpool Symphony Orchestra was founded by Percy Dayman in 1921.

Our Centenary Season had to be postponed due to COVID 19 but our celebrations will resume from July 2021.

The orchestra's history

Blackpool Symphony Orchestra

Although we haven't been able to meet together since the beginning of the first lock-down in March 2020 we have continued to find ways for our members to enjoy music making and stay connected throughout lock-down.

We have been holding virtual coffee breaks on Thursday evenings which have included desert island discs, a quiz or two and even some signing sessions as well as keeping people up to date on our other projects. We have also held some online Come and Plays and have been delighted to welcome musicians from across the country to join us.

The first of these was Our Virtual Performance of Over the Rainbow, which was arranged for us by our composer in residence, Ed Rugman and has raised £3,041 for Blackpool Food Bank. This was followed by our 'The Making of BSO Rainbow' video and Life on Pause.

We are delighted that our BSO Rainbow Lock Down Virtual Performance has been enjoyed by so many people and thrilled that it has been recognised by Making Music, the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Classical Music Digital Awards.


During the first national lockdown of 2020 we here at BSO quickly realised that we were living through historic times. Annoyance over cancelled concerts quickly turned to a deeper appreciation of the problems being faced by the whole world. Many in the Arts lost their livelihood overnight while other people couldn’t see family or friends or maintain regular social contacts. Hard on the heals of our successful and award winning #BSORainbow project we wanted to do something that would reflect these unprecedented times and how people were coping with the enforced changes to their lives. Life on Pause is a video collection of thoughts, words, images and music from orchestra members plus our friends and supporters. We hope that it proves to be a lasting record of these difficult times, how they have affected us, and of a hope for a brighter future ahead. Once again we are indebted to our friends at Ten Forward Media

for their technical wizardry in pulling everything together and our thanks go out to everyone who volunteered to take part and share their experiences.

Life on Pause
Premiered February 2, 2021

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We love this sound!

In early September we were able to come and play together for the first time since March. Our music making was the experience we needed and is sustaining us through these challenging times. We are sharing this today on what would have been the second of our centenary concerts.

Virtual Coffee Breaks, Projects and Come and Play Events

We have been holding virtual coffee breaks online and working on projects since the beginning of lock-down 1 in March 2020.

Our virtual coffee breaks include a range of activities such as Desert Island Discs, mystery guests, learning some BSL signed songs and quizzes as well as virtual come and plays. These take place on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm on Zoom. Please email blackpoolsymphony@gmail.com for information.

Our first project was our Over the Rainbow. We have just released our latest project - Life on Pause where members, friends and audience were invited to send music, poems or any media that explains what lock-down has meant for them.




Thursdays 7:15pm-9:30pm


Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School

Common Edge Road,

Blackpool, FY4 5DF

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