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 concert running time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

These FREE concerts are offered to primary schools and includes a CPD for teachers on Monday 27 March at The Spire, Poole. If concerts are sold out please click here to add your school to the waiting list.

The concert will also be streamed live on Wednesday 17 May at 1.30pm. Bookings for a  FREE digital ticket to access the stream will open shortly – watch this space for further details.

BSO is committed to removing barriers to participation. For schools with either a long distance to travel or where transport costs are likely to prohibit attendance, BSO is able to offer a small number of transport bursaries of £200 per school. For further information, please contact This will be on a first come first served basis.

Watch James’s short video welcome.


Works and composers

Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube Waltz
Louise Farrenc Symphony No. 3: Scherzo Vivace
James Redwood Participation Song
Sally Beamish Reckless
Astor Piazzola Libertango
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Valse Bohemienne
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

In addition Explore the Orchestra: Dance, Dance, Dance! in Poole has been generously supported by

Dave and Jan Pointer
Sir Neville and Lady Simms
Talbot Village Trust
and one anonymous supporter