After six successful years, Lisa leaves BSO Participate as a benchmark for community learning and participation departments.

The Chief Executive and the BSO Board of Trustees thank Lisa for her work, which has helped transform the Orchestra’s outreach work — BSO Participate — into a benchmark for the classical music industry.

BSO’s Chief Executive, Dougie Scarfe, says: “Lisa has been an inspirational leader of BSO Participate. She has led a transformation in the depth and reach of our engagement with the communities we serve across the South and South West.

“Lisa’s drive and passion for the power of music, accessibility and inclusion has helped forge a programme of work which is admired nationally and internationally. As an organisation, we look forward to building on the solid foundations she has nurtured, and the work of BSO Participate continues to be at the core of our output.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra released its BSO Change Makers Report, in July, to create new opportunities for the next generation of disabled talent; a year earlier it presented BSO Resound — the world’s first disabled-led ensemble — at the BBC Proms. The BSO also became Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia-Friendly Organisation of the Year in 2017 for its ground-breaking work for people living with dementia.

Lisa says: “It’s been an honour to lead BSO Participate. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved during the past six years in building a modern cultural organisation with a world-class orchestra at its heart, serving communities across a large and diverse region. The BSO is an incredible company, with so many talented people. I’d like to thank Dougie, my colleagues and hard-working team, and especially the musicians for their contribution in shifting perceptions of what is possible.


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