THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is set to perform a night of world-class music at the Anvil.

The orchestra is to perform on Thursday, 17 January with a programme which contrasts one of the best-loved violin concertos with a hugely entertaining though less often heard work by one of the greatest masters of orchestral writing.

The concert begins with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which unfolds from a simple beginning into the greatest of all concertos for the instrument.

Joining the orchestra is violinist Augustin Hadelich, a Grammy Award winner in 2016, who was named Instrumentalist of the Year for 2018 by Musical America magazine.

After the interval, there is a welcome opportunity to hear a live performance of Strauss’ Sinfonia Domestica which uses his home life – children playing, a quarrel and reconciliation with his wife, and dreams at night – as the starting point for a work which overflows with imaginative and exuberant music.

The Philharmonia Orchestra are to be performing at The Anvil on Wednesday, 23 January.

The programme begins with Sibelius’ Finlandia, which has a sense of stately purpose, and accumulates a feeling of giddy energy from the brass fanfare and rolling timpani that open the piece.

This is followed by Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, with two vivacious outer sections framing a slow movement of still and crystalline beauty. The light-hearted nature of the concerto is confirmed from the first sound we hear: a playful, percussive whip-crack.

The evening continues with the first of Sibelius’ great cycle of symphonies, a noble and powerful piece from the same year as Finlandia. While influenced by Tchaikovsky and Dvořák, it shows many signs of the composer he was to become, with a particularly ingenious finale. Its success made Sibelius’ international reputation.

Yet another in the long list of high quality Finnish conductors, Santtu-Matias Rouvali has been delighting audiences and orchestras all over the world. Don't miss his debut at The Anvil. The Philharmonia is joined by pianist Alice Sara Ott.

Spirit of the Dance has been touring for a record-breaking 20 years.

Now the international smash hit returns and comes to The Anvil on Friday, 25 January for a performance filled with breath-taking and explosive choreography.

Bursting with raw energy, this heart-pounding sensation combines Irish dance with the sensual Latin rhythms of flamenco and red hot salsa in a thrilling production filled to the brim with strength and passion.

For details of all the shows now on sale, visit anvilarts.org.uk or call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244.