The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is one of Britain's oldest orchestras, and among the country's regional orchestras (its mission is to serve South and South West England), it has attracted an unusually strong roster of international conductors and collaborators. The orchestra has premiered an impressive number of significant 20th century British works. The Bournemouth Symphony was founded by the city of Bournemouth in 1893 and was called the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra until 1954. Its musical organizer and first director was Dan Godfrey, a bandmaster's son who also helped the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras. It began as a wind band but added strings and began performing symphonic repertory two years later. Godfrey remained the orchestra's music director until 1933, performing numerous concerts of British music ...
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