Designed with KS2 students in mind, these thrilling and interactive concerts will be presented by award-winning composer and conductor, James Redwood and actor/director, Lynne Forbes. Explore the Orchestra: Sea Stories will feature material that fuses symphonic music with the written word and will explore how the oceans have ignited the musical imaginations of many.

So set your masts – and prepare the sails – and get ready to hear pieces from opera, films and symphonies. Also featured will be a specially composed participatory song, composed and led by James, in addition to a newly composed body percussion piece created in collaboration with schools from Portsmouth. In these pieces, the audience will learn to sing and perform with the orchestra, and be introduced to all the instruments that make up a symphony orchestra.

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

The concert will also be streamed live on Wednesday 22 May at 1.30pm. Book your digital ticket for access.

Works and composers

Bernstein The Great Lover from On The Town
Redwood Meet The Orchestra
Tchaikovsky The Tempest
Redwood Enchanted Isle
Ellington The Meander
Badelt/Zimmer Pirates of the Caribbean
Debussy Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea from La Mer
Miranda You're Welcome from Moana
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 in Poole has been generously supported by

Dave & Jan Pointer
Sir Neville & Lady Simms
Christine & Jim Dipple
and one anonymous supproter