The programme includes an arrangement of Alexander Campkin’s What Fear We Then?, a new work co-commissioned by NOYO and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.


BSO Resound, the world’s first disabled-led ensemble as a core part of a major symphony orchestra, will join musicians of the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) on the stage at Lighthouse, Poole, as NOYO makes its anticipated stage debut this spring.

Since making its acclaimed debut in 2018, BSO Resound has remained focussed on its mission to inspire the next generation of talent and regularly gives both schools’ performances and relaxed concerts.

NOYO is a pioneering inclusive youth orchestra where talented 11-25 year old disabled and non-disabled musicians rehearse and perform together. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) runs one of four regional NOYO Centres, with sessions led by musicians from the BSO.

Originally due to give its anticipated stage debut in 2020, NOYO will tour its four regions this spring: Bournemouth/Poole [22 May]; Birmingham [5 June]; Bristol [15 May]; and London [24 April].

The group joins BSO Resound for its concert at Lighthouse, Poole, which will be a Relaxed Concert for all ages, with BSL interpretation. It will also be livestreamed and available online for 30 days.

Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra said, “We are delighted to help introduce the National Open Youth Orchestra to our audiences on the South Coast. The joint commission of ‘What Fear We Then?’ and the involvement of BSO Resound reflects our commitment to nurturing the talent of young musicians, disabled and non-disabled. We invite audiences to discover a hugely creative youth ensemble that showcases how diversity can open up exciting new musical possibilities and opportunities for the next generation.”

BSO Resound is known for spearheading change: in 2019 the group was recognised with the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Impact Award for its part in improving opportunities for disabled musicians. It also made a high-profile debut at the 2018 BBC Proms as the first disabled-led group to perform at the festival.

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BSO Resound and NOYO perform at Lighthouse, Poole on Sunday 22 May, 4pm. The performance will be livestreamed and available for 30 days.

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