Cornwall Residency round-up: Day 5 – BSO musicians up for adoption and the Orchestra does the splits

In another packed schedule of workshops, performances and visits, Day 5 of the BSO’s Cornwall Residency saw two of the BSO’s musicians adopted by local primary schools and the Orchestra’s ensembles delight audiences in North Cornwall with three intimate performances.

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The BSO arrive in Perranporth

As the BSO’s 2017 Cornwall Residency passes the halfway point, the Orchestra has already engaged over 1,500 children in local schools with its music and visited communities across the region, ranging from Bude in the north to as far south as the Isles of Scilly. Day 5 saw the BSO continue its extensive programme of music-making workshops and schools visits, which included two of its musicians being ‘adopted’ by local primary schools.

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Harrowbarrow Primary School ‘adopts’ BSO Principal Tuba Andi Cresci

The Adopt a Musician project enables schools to ‘adopt’ a BSO musician for a day and get to hear them perform, learn more about their instrument and take part in workshops. BSO Principal Tuba Andy Cresci ventured into the beautiful Tamar Valley to visit Harrowbarrow Primary School where 33 children were treated to a very rare hosepipe and didgeridoo duet! The other BSO musician up for adoption was BSO Second Violin Vicky Berry, who visited Dobwalls Primary School near Liskeard. The children were entranced by her beautiful performance of Massenet’s Meditation from Thaïs and were able to ask lots of questions about her violin. Besides providing an exciting opportunity to meet an orchestral musician and see and hear their instrument up close, the project also aims to inspire creativity and interest in orchestral music and ensemble performance.

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Dobwalls Primary School with their ‘adopted’ musician, BSO Second Violin, Vicky Berry

The BSO’s Blast schools visits continued to inspire local schoolchildren with creative workshops and special private performances in their own school halls from the BSO’s world-class musicians. Highlights included St Merryn School’s energetic performance of their Egyptian-themed composition ‘Tutenkhamoooooooon!’ with BSO Associate Matt Harrison; more lively sessions with BSO Bash, who visited Fourlanesend School and Menheniot Primary School; and creative workshops with experimental composer Nomura at Pennoweth Primary School and Mithian School.

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BSO Associate Matt Harrison and the children of St Merryn’s School

In the evening, the BSO did the splits and divided into the three main families of the orchestra to perform as Brass, Strings and Wind ensembles, enabling the Orchestra to reach communities without a venue large enough to host a full symphony orchestra. The peaceful rural community of St. Endellion were treated to the big sound of BSO Brass who performed a programme including works by Byrd, Sondheim and Gabrieli. The ensemble was also joined by 5 young local brass players who performed side by side with the BSO musicians, in collaboration with Cornwall Music Service Trust.

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BSO Brass performing in St. Endellion, joined by 5 local young brass players

The beautiful seaside town of Perranporth was treated to a concert of music reflecting the wonderful diversity of the classical string repertoire by the BSO Strings, conducted by BSO Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association, Victor Aviat, and featured works including Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Grieg’s Holberg Suite. Popular guest conductor Frank Zielhorst, meanwhile, was in the historic market town of Launceston with the BSO Winds, who performed a programme of Hummel, Jacobs and Dvořák to a packed hall.

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Launceston Town Hall, the venue for the BSO Winds concert

The concerts were in association with Carn to Cove, Cornwall’s performing arts scheme for rural communities and form a key part of the BSO’s Cornwall Residency, ensuring the Orchestra reaches those communities who, due to their location and small size, would otherwise miss out on engaging with live orchestral music-making by professional musicians.
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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