Designed with KS2 students in mind, the thrilling and interactive concerts will be presented by award-winning composer and conductor, James Redwood. Explore the Orchestra: Dance, Dance, Dance! will showcase the orchestral families, while exploring brilliant examples of how musicians and composers have stretched the boundaries of music. As well as pieces from the world of ballet and some orchestral classics, all the music has been specially chosen to get you moving and James will lead students in his newly composed song.

The concerts are completely free of charge. The concert running time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. If the concerts are shown as sold out; please click here to add your school to the waiting list.

Concert Preparation

James will be leading a FREE CPD session for a teacher from every school attending the concert to teach you the music and words for the participatory items, as well as giving ideas for other ways you can prepare for the concert. The CPD session will be held on Monday 29 January, 4.15 – 6pm at Bristol Beacon, Bristol, BS1 5AR

Please note that the CPD session is a requisite for your school attending the concert.

Click on the link to view the online learning resources with video guides for James’ participatory songs and body percussion pieces.


Due to the generous support of our funders Skyrme Hart Charitable Trust, We are able to offer 9 coach bursaries of £200 per school. We will be working in close collaboration with the local music hubs to offer these based on the criteria of supporting the schools in areas of the highest deprivation. If you would like to apply, please click here.

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 2018

With thanks to the Skyrme Hart Charitable Trust for supporting the BSO's programme of Schools' Concerts across the South West between 2023 and 2028