Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Residencies

As the south west's professional orchestra and a key partner of the Cornwall Music Education Hub, the BSO regularly visit Cornwall to offer a series of workshops, masterclasses and concerts to the young people and communities of Cornwall.

The BSO will returning to Cornwall to visit schools in February 2019.  We will be contacting schools to invite them to participate.


2017 Residencies

Autumn Mini Residency

Following the full orchestral residency in March, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was delighted to return to Cornwall for a smaller-scale series of concerts, workshops and events in November 2017.  

The week celebrated some of the lesser seen instruments of the orchestra, to enable children to experience the whole range of instrumental options available to them.  Inspired by the new commission of an opera, Burning Boy by Stephen McNeff which was performed at the end of the week, instruments touring the region ranged from horn to harp and double bass and offered children the opportunity to see these instruments up close.

BSO chamber ensembles performing 22 schools concerts in 19 schools, focusing on the south of Cornwall from Newquay to St Ives and Porthleven. Schools were targeted to ensure the opportunity was maximised for children that may not have had the opportunity in the past, or had the peripatetic lesson structure in place to follow up the instrumental learning after the visit.

This residency also highlighted the important relationship between words and music. Musical visits took place in library settings with parents and under 5s, and students aged 8-15 used poems as a starting point to make their own musical interpretations: 10 music and literacy composition sessions took place in schools for upper primary (KS2) and lower secondary (KS3) students.

The third focus of the week was composers and music creation.


7 days

4621 participants in total

26 school visits

3 care home visits

2 libraries

* - Taken from the BSO 2017 Mini Residency Report

Spring residency - 26th March - 1st April 2017

In March 2017, the Hub worked with the BSO once again to bring their players to work with schools and youth ensembles across Cornwall as part of the Hub's ongoing support for music education.  BSO made music in 56 locations between Launceston and the Isles of Scilly, making this the largest participation project undertaken by BSO Participate.


7 days

4,007 participants

56 locations

3,689 school children making music

52 school visits

68 events

531 hours of music in schools and communities

Teachers from visited schools were asked to fill in a short evaluation form and give their experience with the BSO a star rating. On average, workshops scored 4.91 stars out of 5 for the whole week, with 92.8% of schools rating 5 stars and 100% of schools rating 4 stars or more 

* - taken from the BSO 2017 Residency Evaluation Report.

Previous Visits

In January 2016, the BSO players undertook a 'mini' residency across Cornwall.  Details of the activities offered can be found in this report - BSO 2016 Residency Report

A video of the BSO 2015 Cornwall Residency is now available online  -

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