BSO Participate is pleased to release the first in a series of digital initiatives to inspire all ages over the summer months. From learning to compose and performing sea shanties to a curated night-time playlist there is plenty to occupy busy minds, supporting families during lockdown.

Sea, Voyages & Hope

Kids prepare to set sail on a musical voyage!

A three-week BSO Young Explorers: Sea, Voyages & Hope series of workshops introduces children to making music as they learn to make their own works, take part in warm-up exercises, and rehearse two newly-commissioned nautical songs to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage. The project culminates in a group performance at the end of the summer term. The workshops are designed to support the Key Stage 2 curriculum, but can be enjoyed by all ages. Led by BSO Associate Musician Sam Mason and composer James Redwood the sessions are free for all.

New sessions will be uploaded each week throughout June. Click on the box named Sea, Voyages & Hope workshops to access.

Pupils based in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole region will also have the opportunity to complete the coveted Arts Award Discover qualification, through BSO’s partnership with SoundStorm, the lead partner of the BCP Music Education Hub. The experience provides those studying at Key Stage 2 level the chance to achieve a qualification during lockdown.

Learning Resources to Support Music Education

Music education resource packs will help children aged 4-14 to deepen their love of music through a series of prepared activities designed to relieve the burden on teachers and parents during lockdown. Available to all, the activities include learning to make-your-own instrument, exploring pieces through video performances and talks, curated playlists, and musical cross-curriculum exercises. Click on the box on the right to access.