The RPS Impact Award is given for an outstanding initiative or positive impact on the lives of people who may not otherwise experience classical music. The Orchestra was recognised for its BSO Change Makers programme — an unprecedented programme devised with Arts Council England to develop opportunities for the next generation of disabled talent — and its disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound; the accolade is a huge achievement for the newly-formed ensemble in its second year of existence.

Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, said of the news, “Music by its nature is inclusive. So much has been achieved in ensuring that as many people as possible can access performances as audience members, which is a huge leap forward. We hope that this win ignites similar conversations, ensuring more people can access concert platforms and build careers as performers.

“We’re thrilled that the BSO has been recognised with one of the highest accolades in classical music; this is an important moment in building a more inclusive profession.”

To hear Dougie Scarfe speaking on Scala Radio about the award, please click here (coverage from 1hr 17).

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra launched the BSO Programme for Cultural Change following its 18-month Change Makers programme. It enables senior leaders to build on the BSO’s experience and create organisational change within their companies. Click here to find out more.