In what was probably the most remarkable and daring first symphony ever written, Mahler revealed himself as fully and radically himself. His musical mood swings, daring orchestral sounds, searing dissonances and provocative mixture of popular and classical idioms were a shock to audiences more used to the contemporary symphonies of Dvořák, Brahms and Tchaikovsky and thus it received mixed receptions. What struck so many ears as shapeless and vulgar in 1889 has become loveable, even quaint – it bursts with the boldness and fire of youth, proudly displays a burgeoning mastery of orchestration, and flirts cheekily with traditional ideas of good taste.

Rising out of mysterious depths, Rachmaninov quickly lets loose the first of many striking themes that litter his Second Piano Concerto. At just 28, in love and about to be married, no wonder he exhibited a youthful confidence in a mature work full of sincere, heartfelt passion that still continues to captivate audiences.


A message to ticket-holders:

Due to the forthcoming General Election on Thursday 12th December, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra ‘Fearless Youth’ concert programmed to begin at 7.30pm will be moving to the new matinee start time of 2.30pm, with doors opening at 2pm. This is to facilitate the Election count at Portsmouth Guildhall that night.

All tickets will remain valid for the new matinee start time of 2.30pm and Car Park Exit Tickets will be valid before 6pm on this day. Please contact your point of ticket purchase with any further queries.       

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Age: 14's and under to be accompanied by an 18+ adult


Discounted parking tickets are available online or at the box office.


No flash photography or iPads are allowed.


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No externally bought drinks or any liquids - only certain food will be allowed. See our house rules for more information.


All events at Portsmouth Guildhall include a ticket restoration levy.


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