Cornwall Residency round-up: Day 2 – boomwhackers, bananas and BSO Bash

On Day 2 of the BSO’s 2017 Cornwall Residency, the musicians have been out and about visiting the region’s primary schools, inspiring the next generation of musicians with creative workshops and coaching.

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BSO Associate Matt Harrison with the children of Jacobstow Primary

With an itinerary taking in 60 locations across Cornwall and visiting over 50 schools, this year’s Cornwall Residency is the BSO’s most extensive yet, enabling the Orchestra to reach even more communities with its live music-making. Monday 27 March saw the first day of schools visits where the BSO musicians, Associates and guest Composer-in-Residence Makoto Nomura provided creative workshops and coaching to schoolchildren in all four corners of the county. Delivered by BSO Participate’s Blast strand, which works closely with Music Education Hubs and schools to bring music alive for schoolchildren across the South West, the BSO musicians lead music-making sessions which are tailored to fit the school curriculum.

Beginning at Wendron C of E Primary School in Helston, on the northern Lizard Peninsula, 34 schoolchildren were treated to the unique musical style of Makoto Nomura, the world-renowned Japanese experimental and contemporary composer. Together in a creative workshop, the children worked with Nomura to compose a piece for telescope boomwackers, resulting in some inventive sounds and lots of original ideas. Meanwhile in North Cornwall, BSO Associate Matt Harrison was busy working with the children at Jacobstow Primary School to compose a brand new piece, called ‘Feelings.’

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BSO Guest Composer-in-Residence Makoto Nomura and 34 boomwacker-wielding children

Things turned decidedly noisier in the afternoon when the BSO Bash percussion ensemble arrived at Indian Queens School in the heart of Cornwall to lead an afternoon of workshops and a concert to 60 pupils. The BSO Bash musicians demonstrated the range of techniques used by percussionists on a variety of instruments including djembe drums, snare drums, xylophone and a variety of handheld percussion – even the music stands were played!

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BSO Bash in action at Indian Queens School

BSO Associate Hugh Nankivell also visited St Minver Primary School in Wadebridge where he led the Year 6 class in a creative composition session, resulting in the performance of their new piece, ‘Bananas of the World.’ The school visits will continue throughout the week as the BSO’s ensembles and musicians bring workshops, coaching and concert performances to primary and secondary schools across the county from Launceston to Sennen.

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BSO Associate Hugh Nankivell with the Year 6 class at St Minver Primary School

To keep up to date with the BSO’s activities in Cornwall, visit the live updates page

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