MUSIC has been a lifesaver for many during the pandemic in many different ways.

And bringing a sense of order, certainty and calm in a crazy, uncertain world has been one of its great contributions.

The penultimate concert in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's summer season at Lighthouse Poole was entitled Smooth Classics with a soothing programme designed to wash a sense of calm and contemplation over the audiences at home and online.

Two of the previous concerts had featured the works of just two composers, first Tchaikovsky and then Mozart - both have a familiarity that is very reassuring.

Smooth Classics by contrast delivered a feast of works spread over centuries, by a number of familiar names.

The evening began with Handel's stately Sarabande which penetrates deep into the soul followed by Gluck's Dance of the Blessed Spirits and then Mendelssohn's Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Interesting to learn he was regarded as the second Mozart and adored Shakespeare.

He also died in his 30s.

We heard from Faure (Sicilienne and Pavane), Mascagni with the Intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana and from Debussy, Offenbach, Rachmaninov, Satie, Ravel and Bizet.

Of particular note were the charming and wistfully romantic Chanson de Matin by Elgar and Mahler's beautiful Adagietto from Symphony Number 5, a piece belying his tormented personality and unhappy family life.

This was another sparkling performance by the players, full of the emotion bursting from or underlying each piece.

The orchestra was under the baton once again of maestro Stephen Bell who has become a firm favourite with the audience. And a special mention for principal flute Anna Pyne who had plenty to do throughout and did it stunningly.

An evening of calm (hosted by Classic FM's Catherine Bott) and indeed much contemplation on the journey home.