The new work has been commissioned on behalf of Allianz Musical Insurance to celebrate their 60th anniversary. Coinciding with the gradual return of audiences to concert halls, the seven-minute piece calls for inclusion to remain at the fore at this time of change within the sector.

BSO Resound, the Orchestra’s disabled-led ensemble, is known for pushing societal boundaries and spearheading change. The world’s first professional disabled-led ensemble as a core part of a major symphony orchestra, the six piece chamber group was recognised with the Royal Philharmonic Society Impact Award in 2019 for its part in improving opportunities for disabled people.

The world premiere of the piece makes up part of our summer series of events and is available to view online until 17 July.

Composer Shirley J. Thompson said, Emanation celebrates the journey towards independence for the disabled community, from the pioneering spirit of the 1960s through to the present day. This commission has enabled me to write for the linnstrument, a MIDI-based keyboard instrument that uses assistive technology, and it’s opened my eyes to a wonderful new world of sound: I look forward to hearing BSO Resound bring the work to life!”

Siobhan Clough, member of BSO Resound said, “For me, this piece really does represent a journey: when playing Emanation I can’t help but reflect on what has been achieved over the last 60 years for disabled musicians, whilst looking forward to the unknown yet to come. It’s a pleasure to explore this celebratory work and draw new perspective from it.”

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Watch the full performance of Emanation here.

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