Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the University of Southampton are delivering a brand new module to equip undergraduate Music students with the skills to enhance lives through music.

Led by Dr Ben Oliver, the course will be delivered in partnership with BSO Participate who deliver over 650 community workshops and events each year across the South and South West.

Dr Oliver said of the partnership, “We are delighted to be partnering with the BSO to provide our students with a unique opportunity to receive training and mentoring from sector-leading community music leaders and practitioners. As part of the module the students will develop, organise and run a community music activity day, gaining invaluable skills and experience as well as making positive impact within our local communities.

Head of BSO Participate, Lisa Tregale, said, “We’re thrilled to work in partnership with these talented University of Southampton students on the cusp of a career in the Arts. Empowering lives through music remains at the core of all that the BSO do —it’s liberating for us to share our experience with the next generation of practitioners.”

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are known for their life-enhancing work both on and off the stage. The Orchestra was Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year’ in 2017, before presenting the world’s first professional disabled-led ensemble — BSO Resound —at the BBC Proms in 2018. BSO Resound was recently nominated for two prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards for its ground-breaking work.

To learn more about the ‘Music in the Community’ module delivered by the University of Southampton and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, visit