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Blackpool Symphony Orchestra

Playing for you

since 1921

Centenary +1 Concert Dates

We had to postpone our Centenary +1 concert in July so we will now begin our celebrations in September with a Centenary Prom.

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Our Centenary +1 season

Last Night of the Proms

Sunday 26 September 2021 7.30pm

at the Grand Theatre.


All the traditional Last Night favourites

plus we are delighted to be joined by

international soprano

Jane Irwin.

Concert Dates 2021-2022

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

  • Saturday 27 November 2021 Hodgson Academy, Poulton

  • Saturday 19 March 2022 Family Concert at Marine Hall, Fleetwood 3pm

  • Saturday 2 July 2022 Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Blackpool Symphony Orchestra was founded by Percy Dayman in 1921.


Our Centenary Season had to be postponed due to COVID 19 but our Centenary +1 celebrations will begin with a concert at The Winter Gardens.


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.

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Life on Pause

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.

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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.