Several events take place throughout the region each year, with amateur musicians playing alongside professional musicians from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Dorset Rusties is our biggest event of the year, welcoming over 150 musicians as part of the full BSO, to the stage at Lighthouse, Poole. The rehearsals take place between April and July, and we also regularly organise ‘Symphony in a Day’ and section specific (such as Wind & Brass) coaching days between September and March. The events take place around the region for all musicians to enjoy.

‘Rusties’ benefit from specialist coaching during rehearsals, professional instruction from a BSO conductor and the opportunity to meet like-minded people in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Here are a few pictures from our latest event at Lighthouse, Poole…




Hear BSO Participate Programme Manager Jamie Harris and Dorset Rusties participant Moira Purver talking on BBC Radio Solent about this year’s Rusties experience in Poole: click here. (Listen in at 55.18)

If you’d like to find out more about opportunities for amateur musicians click here