On Saturday 2 March, the BSO will once again be opening the doors of Lighthouse, Poole for a full day of public workshops as part of its Composers’ Day 2019.

The BSO’s Composers’ Day 2019 provides composers or anyone with an interest in new music the opportunity to take part in a full day of composition workshops and discussions at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts. Attendees will be able to network with like-minded people, as well as industry experts.

The BSO is delighted to welcome Sally Beamish as Director for its 2019 programme. As one of the UK’s busiest and most warmly respected composers, Beamish is a leading figure in British music. At this year’s British Composer Awards, Sally was presented with the award for Inspiration, in recognition of her long and distinguished career. Composers Alexander Campkin and Freya Waley-Cohen join Sally Beamish in leading the Composers’ Day workshops and discussions.

In October 2018 composers were invited to submit original scores for orchestral and/or ensemble forces. A selection of these scores will then be performed and workshopped by the full BSO and its dedicated new music ensemble, Kokoro.

As well as providing the opportunity to watch a world-class orchestra perform and work with new compositions, the BSO’s Composers’ Day 2019 will feature a series of talks from composers and industry experts. These will include representatives from the Bliss Trust, the Finzi Trust and Edition Peters, a classical music publisher who publish Beamish’s work, as well as musicians and members of staff from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Alexander Campkin the Composer-in-Residence for BSO Resound, the Orchestra’s ground-breaking disabled-led ensemble, and Barry Farrimond MBE, Chief Executive of OpenUpMusic, will be leading a workshop on the instruments and composition methods which are making music more accessible.


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