Day 4 saw another full schedule for the BSO as intrepid BSO Associate Patrick Bailey made the journey – by boat – across to the Isles of Scilly, whilst on the mainland schoolchildren found themselves ‘In at the Deep End’, and the ensembles continued their tour of Cornwall’s schools.
As the Orchestra of the South and South West, the BSO has a unique remit covering a region of over 10,000 square miles, embracing many rural and isolated communities. The BSO’s Cornwall Residency enables the Orchestra to reach these more isolated areas and engage people of all ages and backgrounds with the thrill of live music-making.
Day 4 of the residency saw BSO Associate Patrick Bailey brave the blustery weather and choppy waters of the Celtic Sea to make the journey to the Isles of Scilly, the farthest flung corner of the BSO’s home region, to spend a day working with the children of Five Islands School. Patrick is a familiar face on the Islands, together with fellow Cornwall Associate Matt Harrison, who visit throughout the year to deliver community music-making projects including a community choir, Family Orchestra and ensemble for ‘Rusty Returners.’ Patrick’s visit as part of the residency involved creative music workshops with the children, using various hand-held percussion instruments accompanied by Patrick on guitar. There was also a special guest as PC Mat Crowe from the Islands’ Police Station dropped by to join in!
Back on the mainland, the BSO’s ensembles continued their packed itinerary visiting schools along the length and breadth of Cornwall, together with BSO Associate Matt Harrison and guest Composer-in-Residence Makoto Nomura. The BSO Bash ensemble spent the day at Sennen Primary School, not far from Lands End, whilst BSO Strings were at the other end of the county in Bude as they met pupils at Budehaven Community College, before joining up with BSO Brass in Bodmin for an inspiring performance in front of 600 children at St Petrocs C of E Primary.
Students at Humphry Davy School and Bodmin College found themselves ‘In at the Deep End’ when an ensemble comprising musicians from the BSO and Cornwall Music Service Trust performed for them. The ‘In at the Deep End’ ensemble of Tuba, Double Bass, Bassoon and Trombone aims to encourage more young musicians to take up bass clef instruments and the concert demonstrated just how versatile these instruments can be and that their roles are far from being limited to just providing a bass line, with the group performing as an ensemble and also treating the audience to solo performances.
In the evening, BSO Brass visited St Dennis Community Band in St Austell, where the 26 strong brass ensemble received coaching and rehearsed side by side with the BSO musicians. The band has been performing in the town since the mid-19th century and brings together musicians of all ages from across the local community, demonstrating the capacity of music to transcend generational and social barriers.
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