If you’re not very good at identifying the instruments in an orchestra, now is the time to find out more.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is to share a new five-part series online starting from 24 April, introduced and performed under the baton of Frank Zielhorst.
The programme is: 24 April, Brass – Britten’s Sea Interludes; Saturday 1 May, Wind – Carwithen’s Suffolk Morris; Saturday 8 May, Strings Coleridge-Taylor’s Willow Song and Saturday 5 May, Appalachian Spring Mvt 7.
During each session the audience will learn a new body percussion pattern inspired by the pieces through a newly-commissioned work: James Redwood’s Explore the Orchestra, which has been written for the series.
Presented in partnership with the University of Exeter, and supported by generous individuals, the series culminates in a performance of the finale on Saturday 22 May from Redwood’s new orchestral piece, which brings together elements of the four works and a chance for the audience to join in.
Lucy Warren, head of BSO Participate, said, “The BSO has stayed connected with audiences during the past six months through its live streamed symphonic performances and we’re thrilled that its digital pop-up studio has enabled us to develop and launch this series for all ages, inviting even more people to explore the prchestra.”
The orchestra also announced an initiative for GCSE Music pupils last week, with almost 3,500 pupils throughout the South West accessing new performances of set works through an online portal to help their exam studies.
Explore the Orchestra will be available to view on the BSO’s website from Saturday 24 April. Visit bsolive.com to book a free place.
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