Day 6 saw the BSO’s musicians and Associates visit locations as diverse as the rural hamlet of Gwinear and Truro, Cornwall’s only city, with an exciting line-up of workshops and community events including a BSO Tea Dance and a full symphonic concert with guest soloist Guy Johnston.
As the BSO’s 2017 Cornwall Residency reached its penultimate day, there was no change in the pace as the programme of music-making activities continued across the county. With 7 events planned on Day 6, it was another busy day for the BSO Participate Team and the BSO’s musicians and Associates, doing the part of their job they love best – inspiring local communities with music.
BSO Bash started the day’s activities in the north of the county with a workshop visit to Altarnun Primary School. The ensemble worked with 28 children in Years 4, 5 and 6 exploring the sounds and techniques of a variety of handheld percussion instruments including maracas, boomwackers and xylophones. Meanwhile in the rural hamlet of Marshgate, BSO Associate Matt Harrison led a creative workshop with children in Years 5 and 6 at Otterham Community Primary School, enabling all musical abilities to join in and have fun with different instruments and try out composing a new piece of music as a group.
The BSO’s residency aims to engage people of all ages and backgrounds with the joy of music-making and is delivered by three of BSO Participate’s five distinct strands of activity. Blast brings the professional orchestra to 5 – 18 year olds through a wide range of schools visits, concerts and workshops, developing new and exciting ways to bring classical music alive for schoolchildren across the region by working in partnership with schools and Music Education Hubs. In addition to the day’s primary school visits, BSO Associate Patrick Bailey visited Saltash.net Community School on the Cornwall/Devon border and worked with Year 10 students to compose a piece as part of their GCSE Music studies. The completed piece was titled ‘Buzz’ and the students also made a recording of their work with Patrick.
BSO Participate’s Boost strand of work focusses on health and well-being through music, making music accessible to all in the community including older people and those in full-time care and healthcare settings. As part of this year’s residency, Boost held two BSO Tea Dances in rural communities, enabling people in more isolated areas the opportunity to engage with live music-making, meet new friends and enjoy the chance to dance with like-minded people whilst enjoying tea, coffee and cakes. Day 5 had seen a Tea Dance held in the small fishing village of St Mawes, whilst on Day 6, a Tea Dance was held in the small west Cornwall village of Gwinear, overlooking the Angarrack valley. Held in association with Carn to Cove, Cornwall’s performing arts scheme for rural communities, the Tea Dances provided a fun afternoon of dance and music in a warm, friendly environment. The BSO Teatime Band performed a selection of dance floor classics including vintage Sinatra, Gershwin and Mancini to participants at the village’s Hall for Gwinear, where the village committee had made the BSO’s musicians and Participate Team members feel very welcome with a wonderful assortment of homemade cakes and beautiful bunting.
Further creative workshops followed in the afternoon and the finale to the events of Day 6 was a symphonic concert with the full BSO at Hall for Cornwall in Truro, Cornwall’s only city. Classical Brit Award-winning cellist Guy Johnston joined the Orchestra and guest conductor Michael Seal in a stunning performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, in a programme which also featured Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Sibelius’s Symphony No.2.
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