The Bohemia Symphony Orchestra Prague arose as a successor of the former Central Bohemia Symphony Orchestra in Poděbrady founded in this spa resort in 1961.
The original orchestra was active until the end of the 1980s, most of the time performing subscription concerts throughout Central Bohemia and Prague. After the political changes of 1989 it expanded its activity also to abroad. The first concerts abroad were given in Italy, Britain and Germany already under the name Bohemia Symphony Orchestra Poděbrady.
One of the orchestra's most notable performances of the last years was in Reims during the Les flâneries musicales festival supported by the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Paris. With the support of this foundation, the "Bohemia" orchestra toured throughout France. It gave a concert in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, made a recording for the TV Antenne 2 and appeared at the Festival de la musique sacrée de Lourdes. The orchestra also gave concerts conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin in France and at the Prague National Theatre.
Simultaneously, there was a long term co-operation with the Opera Theatre in Draguignan, France. The Bohemia Orchestra performed operas by Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi. It also gave several successful opera performances at the festival in Pula, Croatia, and executed an open-air opera project on the island of Corsica, France. It accompanied among others the soprano Montserrat Caballé and the trumpeter André Bernard.
The German concert agency Hoffmann Konzerte engaged the Bohemia Orchestra conducted by Giuseppe Raffa for numerous opera megaproductions entitled World Tour Aida, which took place in some of the most prominent European cities (Marseille, Basel, Munich, Stuttgart, Frakfurt/M, Amsterdam etc.).
In the recent years, the Bohemia SO has been several times invited to perform at the Darmstädter Residenzfestspiele, taken part in Mozart's Magic Flute at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo. The orchestra gave the opening concert at the Carlsbad Opera Festival and performed Mendelssohn's Elias oratorio in Prague. The orchestra co-operates with many German and Swiss choirs on a regular basis.
In August 2009, it appeared together with the tenor, José Carreras, in an open-air concert in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Shortly afterwards, the orchestra recorded a CD called "Classic Meets Pop" for the US production in the Czech radio's Studio A. In December of the same year, the orchestra accompanied the "Britain's Got Talent" winner, Paul Potts, in Luxemburg.
The present cast of the Bohemia SO consists of experienced musicians from Prague's symphony and opera orchestras and, if needed, can be extended up to about ninety members.