Though New Eyes: Life at the BSO (Part 2)

Rachel, Leah, Holly, Richard & Becky from the North Somerset Music Hub continue their behind-the-scenes, access-all-areas tour of the BSO as they learn about careers in the arts…

Day 2

The morning began with a session from Andy Baker, BSO Community Musician. By playing games, like copying someone’s arms movements whilst answering questions, we improved our communication and concentration skills. We also played a game based on the Dorian mode with hand chimes, then finished off by doing some improvisation on our instruments and discussing how we could apply everything we’d learnt to real life music jobs, including teaching.

Next we met Hannah from the Development team who told us about the in-kind corporate relationships BSO has with companies such as Hotel du Vin and Mercedes Benz of Poole, as well as commercial fundraising through sponsorship opportunities and the important role individuals play when donating money to the Orchestra. The BSO also operates a Membership programme which offers people benefits like meeting musicians and attending open rehearsals.

After lunch we went into the Orchestra’s rehearsal and saw the Janáček. Wow! The trumpet army at the back of the hall were incredible and sent shivers down our spines! It was such a buzz!

A huge brass section rehearses for the BSO Prom

A huge brass section rehearses for the BSO Prom

We talked to Anthony, Head of Marketing, about how marketing strategies are chosen for particular concerts based on popularity, programme, location and much more. It was also fascinating to hear about his wide and varied career, from working with fireworks to managing Orchestras, which shows how different backgrounds to arts jobs can be.

Then we met the Chief Executive of the Orchestra, Dougie Scarfe. He emphasised how working for the BSO was really enjoyable (everyone else said that too!) and it was interesting to see how young he was! Dougie talked about how important private companies were in supporting the orchestra financially. He was very inspirational discussing his vision for a safe future for the Orchestra. We really hope that we’ve given him some inspiration too by showing how valid it is for the Orchestra to run these taster experiences for young aspiring musicians. We could be the future of the BSO?!

Dear Mark… (head of service at the North Somerset Music Hub),
Our experience here has enabled us to see things we would like in North Somerset. These include:
•       more microphones for better quality
•       more advertising – using the orchestra to help out – making posters and promo videos!
•       let us use hand chimes regularly (serious fun!!)
•       Lasers!! Fireworks!!
•       Hand signed Elgar scores (we’re jealous of BSO’s)

Roll on day 3!

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