Supported by Cornwall Music Education Hub, the project is presented by BSO Associate Musician Patrick Bailey and unpicks 5 GCSE set works, including music from The Chinese Room’s award-winning Little Orpheus video game and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A (finale), amongst others. The concert also includes a new composition which has been specially written by Patrick Bailey and is based around ideas that schools have submitted, focussing on rhythm, harmony and melody.

Digital innovations over the last year and the creation of the BSO’s pop-up digital studio have made it possible to record these special performances, which are being broadcast to thousands of pupils across the South West. The material is accessible for schools and colleges via their local Music Education Hub; 10 of which have signed up to the programme, spanning the region from Swindon to Cornwall.

Lucy Warren, Head of BSO Participate, said,

“The BSO is beloved by generations of music lovers for its engaging schools concerts, so we’re thrilled to be able to continue this work with a diverse, informative and exciting programme during lockdown and reaching more young people than ever — and at a time when it’s needed more than ever before. The Orchestra’s digital transformation over the past year has enabled it to livestream symphonic music around the world; and it’s essential that we continue to reach the next generation of musicians here in our home region in the South and South West.”

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