Cornwall Residency round-up: Day 1 – musical Mothers’ Day fun

The BSO’s 2017 Cornwall Residency got underway on Sunday with a Family Orchestra Day in Penryn which saw people of all ages collaborate to create a special piece of music to celebrate Mothers’ Day, with BSO Guest Composer-in-Residence Makoto Nomura.


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra began its week-long Cornwall Residency with an exciting community creative music-making workshop in the historic market town of Penryn. The Family Orchestra Day, appropriately held on Mothering Sunday, invited the whole family to come along and take part in 3 hours of creative composition led by BSO Associates Matt Harrison and Hugh Nankivell, together with the BSO Bash percussion ensemble and world-renowned experimental composer Makoto Nomura.

Open to anyone regardless of musical ability, the workshop enabled people from across Cornwall to experience orchestral music-making in a friendly and relaxed environment as part of a mixed ensemble. With no need to read music or to audition, musicians of all ages enjoyed any form of music-making to suit them, from having a go on handheld percussion instruments to using their everyday voice. 24 participants worked with Nomura and the BSO’s musicians to compose a special Mothers’ Day Symphony in a workshop session which then culminated with the premiere performance of the piece in the afternoon in front of an audience of family and friends.

The day provided participants with the opportunity to try out new instruments as well as learning about how ideas can come together to create a new piece, in a supportive and fun setting where there was no such thing as a ‘wrong’ note. It was enjoyed by all who attended with some very positive feedback from participants:

“What better way to spend Mothers’ Day than writing and playing a Mothers’ Day Symphony”

“Wonderful experience for the family”

“It was really fun and highly enjoyable”

The residency will continue throughout the week with the Orchestra visiting some 60 locations across the county and bringing creative workshops and concerts to schoolchildren at over 50 schools. Other community events that will be taking place during the week include the BSO’s Tea Dances at St Mawes and Gwinear, and the culmination of the residency on Saturday 1 April with the BSO Rusties ‘Symphony in a Day’, which will see over 100 local musicians rehearse and play alongside BSO musicians as they take on the challenge of learning Dvorak’s Symphony No.8 in a day.

To keep up to date with the BSO’s activities as part of the Cornwall Residency, please visit the live updates page


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