A combination of possibly the vastest array of audience I have ever seen – Club K brought out both young and old for this unique event – from miniskirts and makeup to ties and suits (neither of which seemed out of place) it seemed much of the audience was as intrigued about the event as I was, with an atmosphere of mystery and anticipation surrounded the BIC Solent Hall.

Stepping inside the venue, the neon colours and decorations combined with a smoke machine, and a scattering of banqueting tables and chairs, gave an awe inspiring effect. Composer-DJ Gabriel Prokofiev first took to the stage, above and behind the orchestra giving a bizarre set of rhythmic beats and noises providing an introduction to the BSO. With the crowd suitably psyched the BSO took to the floor (quite literally for the Violins), welcomed by loud cheers.

The opening Beethoven track was not one I would’ve chosen, but that was made up for by The Apprentice theme tune (Romeo and Juliet) which was warmly received by the crowd. For some the music seemed to be a background genre, whilst others felt compelled to listen quietly as part of a spectacle that certainly re-wrote the concert rule book. The BSO were outstanding in their classical performance, however, I wasn’t quite expecting such a strong emphasis of symphonic sound and found myself wondering when the famous DJ – Danny Rampling would break out into a beat alongside the BSO. With interaction from the principal conductor Kirill Karabits at the end of their set the BSO were received with rapturous applause, and in what seemed to be the swiftest turnaround the hall seemed to turn from a concert style to a nightclub with a house DJ providing a set before the Godfather of British House Danny Rampling made his appearance.

Such was the transformation it seemed hard to imagine at that point in the evening the BSO had been before where we stood now. And there we partied for a good few hours, dancing the night away…

With an evening of outstanding musical talent, combined with a revolutionary demographic of audience, this experience was probably the most bizarre event I’ve ever been to – yet seemed to be received very well by everyone attending, and certainly got a huge audience in, that had possibly never seen the BSO perform before. Maybe next time the 2 styles will interlock somehow…

Faith Donaldson 21st February 2010