These concerts give the chance for students to learn about instruments, listen to brilliant music, and be in a SEND school where all equipment needed is present giving young people the same access to concerts as their peers.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Type Of Organisation: Orchestra
Music should be experienced and enjoyed beyond the concert hall. The BSO Participate team work with the youngest and oldest members of communities across the South West, bringing music into the heart of everyday life.
Working with our world-class professional musicians, activities are tailored to the needs of local groups to celebrate diversity and individuality through concerts, workshops and other events.
We bring the the world of symphonic music to life, engaging with music lovers and introducing new listeners to the thrill of a live symphony orchestra. Much of our programme is designed in consultation with the Music Education Hubs across the South West of England.
Examples of our work include:
- Performing and workshops in schools and nursery settings
- Creating large-scale, inspirational projects where students get to perform alongside BSO musicians
- Presenting full orchestral concerts that promote school music making and enhance the curriculum
- Inspiring and supporting talented young musicians through coaching and masterclasses
- Developing CPD opportunities for teachers and music professionals
What I / we help young people achieve
In a landscape where it is increasingly difficult to experience live music, the BSO believes that children and young people are missing a vital opportunity to thrive. Scientific research suggests that placing music/arts at the centre of a child’s learning improves their personal development and academic attainment.
Visits to schools inspire teachers to embed music into their curriculum, and children develop inspirational relationships with musicians that will stay with them throughout their lives. Experiencing the incredible live power of a symphony orchestra enables students to listen, perform and share music with others, inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers and expanding cultural horizons.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
- To develop their wellbeing
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
Working with special needs
As a disability aware organisation, all our projects can be tailored for young people with special education needs and disabilities. Our pioneering work with BSO Resound – the world’s first disabled-led ensemble as part of a professional symphony orchestra – has shown the industry that disability is not a barrier to having meaningful intervention in the arts and music.
- Guitar & Bass
- Drums / percussion
- Piano / Keyboard
- Curriculum Music (Primary)
- Curriculum Music (Secondary)
- Music Theory
- Musical Director / Conductor
- Songwriting / Composition
- 4 and under
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Arts Award
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Calne & Melksham
- Trowbridge (CSL)
- Salisbury / Wilton
- Marlborough & Pewsey
- Malmesbury / WB / Purton
- Mere & Tisbury
“It’s an unmissable opportunity for the children to see live classical music that they almost certainly would not choose, or be able to afford to see at any other time. I also hope it might begin a desire to learn to play an instrument.” – Teacher at Poole Schools’ Concert 2019
Our Training & Development
The BSO has a clear CPD and training policy. Each employee has 1-2-1 meetings with their line managers to identify development needs and then appropriate training is put in place.