BSO Resound strikes a chord with school children

BSO Resound performed a concert at Lockyer's Middle School in Corfe Mullen. Some of the students meet  the orchestra after the concert.

BSO Resound performed a concert at Lockyer’s Middle School in Corfe Mullen. Some of the students meet the orchestra after the concert.

The world’s first disabled-led ensemble, which forms a core part of a professional symphony orchestra, filled a school hall with the sound of music when it treated pupils to an inspirational performance.

Lockyer’s Middle School in Corfe Mullen welcomed the BSO Resound ensemble for a concert and question and answer session.

The musicians performed to a packed school hall for 45 minutes and then spent time answering questions and showing their instruments to the children.

Headteacher, Mark Legge, said: “It was an absolute honour to welcome BSO Resound to our school.

“Their performance was incredibly uplifting and a real inspiration. These talented men and women demonstrated there is no barrier that cannot be overcome – and what an incredible message to leave with our children.”

BSO Resound performed at Lockyer's Middle School in Corfe Mullen. Pupils talk to Violinist Siobhan Clough.

BSO Resound performed at Lockyer’s Middle School in Corfe Mullen. Pupils talk to Violinist Siobhan Clough.

After performing seven pieces of classical music, including Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, the musicians took part in a special Q&A session.

Some of the questions the children from the Wimborne Academy Trust school asked were: What inspired you to play your instrument? What challenges do you face when playing your instrument because of your disability? Which piece of music is the hardest for you to learn altogether?

BSO Resound was formed from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Change Makers project, which began in June 2017 when disabled conductor James Rose started an 18 month training placement.

A core part of the BSO Change Makers project was to create a professional disabled-led ensemble for James to curate and direct that would also be embedded in the Orchestra.

BSO Resound was formed a year ago under James’ leadership with Siobhan Clough on violin/viola, Philip Howells on percussion, Roger Preston on cello, Kate Risdon on flute, Matthew Scott on clarinet and Charlotte Bott on LinnStrument.

Their formation saw the BSO become the first Symphony Orchestra in the world to have a professional disabled-led ensemble as a core part of its activities.

Its mission is to take its work beyond the concert hall and BSO Resound’s visit to Lockyer’s was part of a wider tour of local schools.

BSO Resound performed at Lockyer's Middle School in Corfe Mullen. Conductor  James Rose in action

BSO Resound performed at Lockyer’s Middle School in Corfe Mullen. Conductor James Rose in action

James Rose, BSO Resound conductor, said: It was a sheer delight touring schools in Dorset and meeting so many enthusiastic young people interested in our music.

“It is always a little uncertain as to whether there’s going to be any questions from students when it comes to the post-concert Q&A session. However, at every school we played at last week, we couldn’t keep up with the number of questions being asked. It was fantastic.”

Note to editors: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is a cultural beacon for the South and South West, existing to give people across the region of over 10,000 square miles the opportunity to experience and participate in great art. As one of the UK’s busiest orchestras, the BSO reaches around 5,000 concert-goers per week and is the only UK symphony orchestra not based in a major city.

In February 2018, the BSO became the first professional symphony orchestra in the world to have a disabled-led ensemble as a core part of its activities. Created, curated and conducted by James Rose, as part of his Change Makers training placement with the Orchestra, BSO Resound consists of six musicians who play a variety of instruments, from flute and violin to the latest in assistive music technology, the Linnstrument. BSO Resound is a permanent addition to the BSO’s output, promoting diversity within the orchestral music sector and the wider society as a whole, and continuing the BSO’s mission to make music accessible for everyone.

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