For nigh on thirty years, the British Police Symphony Orchestra have thrilled and delighted audiences the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. This fabulous orchestra draws its members from across the UK’s police forces. They’re either serving or retired police officers, police staff or other members of the extended police force family. This splendid organisation gives musical enjoyment to all its audiences and is a fine ambassador for the British Police Service.

The October 1989. PC Alex Roe, a viola player and West Midland’s Police officer, had a dream. He dreamt of creating a full symphony orchestra comprised of the wider policing community. A year later he’d secured both the voluntary commitment of ninety accomplished musicians and the patronage of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin K.B.E., O.M. And thus, the Police National Orchestra began tuning up.

Thirty Years on and Playing On

Tours and concerts followed and the orchestra morphed into the British Police Symphony Orchestra.

The BPSO is now one of the best national, amateur orchestras in the UK. A small number of founder members still play in the orchestra.

Nominated for the 2011 Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Music in the Community’ prize, the orchestra is a regular feature at the ‘Proms in the Park’ in Lichfield’s Beacon Park. They also appear each year in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

2019 is the 30th Anniversary Charity Gala concert that the orchestra will have performed. There’s going to be 450 choristers, bagpipers and fanfare brass – over 670 performers in all.

The concert will be compèred by Nick Knowles. In case you’re thinking it’s somewhat odd to have the presenter of DIY SOS compèring a concert – not so much – for Nick is a musician himself.

All the proceeds of the concert go to support Care of Police Survivors, the National Foundation for Youth Music and, of course, the orchestra itself.

Visually Explained is proud to sponsor the orchestra by means of working on their social media. Indeed, we’ve been doing so since September 2018. Because we know the orchestra is such a brilliant initiative we’re delighted to support it with our skills in the social media sphere. We’ll be at the concert for sure. Why don’t you join us?

The Stuff You Need to Know

Location: The Royal Albert Hall – a wonderful venue

Date: Saturday the 11th May, 2019

Start Time: 7.30pm. It should finish at 10pm

Where to Buy a Ticket

You can get a ticket from this great concert from the BPSO website:  or from the Royal Albert Hall’s box office here. NB: A booking fee applies if you book via them. With the BPSO site you save on the booking fee and can choose your preferred seat category – though you can’t choose specific seats.

Ticket Prices range from £19 to £60 for some of the box seats.

This will be a great event – no doubt about it. So, why not get work colleagues and friends together for a musical night out? Anyone can book through the BPSO website, so please feel free to pass this post around!If, like us, you’re into social media you can follow the orchestra on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and keep up to date with what they’re doing.