Title adopted in 1954 by Bournemouth Municipal Orch., founded 1893, as band of 30 wind players, by Dan Godfrey. Augmented to incl. str. players 1893–4. Weekly sym. concerts began 1896, famous for encouragement of mus. by Eng. composers. Godfrey was succeeded, 1934, by Richard Austin. Other conds.: Rudolf Schwarz 1946–51; Charles Groves 1951–61; Constantin Silvestri 1961–9; George Hurst 1969–71; Paavo Berglund 1972–9; Uri Segal 1980–3; Rudolf Barshay 1983–8; Andrew Litton 1988–95; Yakov Kreizberg 1995–2000; Marin Alsop from 2002.