Next week, the BSO will be holding two special events dedicated to developing emerging talent at Lighthouse, Poole, providing composers of all ages with the opportunity to have their works performed by both the full Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and new music ensemble Kokoro.

On Friday 17 February, the BSO in partnership with Sound and Music, will be holding two days of workshops for 12-18 year olds as part of the national Go Compose! initiative, set up to provide secondary aged young composers the opportunities to learn more about composition. Following a call-for-scores, five successful young composers were selected, coming from Dorset, and as far away as Penzance, Cheltenham and Wales. They will work with professionals including composer-in-residence Hywel Davies and members of Kokoro, BSO’s new music ensemble, during two days of workshops to write new pieces for cello and flute, culminating with a performance for family and friends.

Saturday 18 February sees the return of the BSO’ biennial Composers’ Day, led by English composer of international stature, Mark-Anthony Turnage. A nationwide call for scores was held at the end of last year and a selection panel, led by Turnage, had the difficult task of selecting 12 original, unpublished works to be workshopped and performed by the BSO, led by BSO Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association Victor Aviat and Kokoro, led by Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Mark Forkgen. This year’s call for scores attracted over 120 entries from composers of all ages from across the UK, with scores received from as far away as the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Man, demonstrating the BSO’s remarkable geographical reach. The standard of entries was exceptionally high, revealing a wealth of unpublished talent. Both events are delivered by Rising Talent, BSO Participate’s strand of work to nurture and elevate new talent. Composers' Day is open to anyone with an interest in new music and the BSO hopes the opportunity will help all 12 composers selected this year to achieve success, as well as inspiring more people from all backgrounds to engage with classical music.

Venue: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG
Date: Saturday 18 February 2017
Time: 10.20am – 7.15pm
Ticket Prices: Day Ticket: £12 / BSO Vibes Day Ticket (free BSO membership scheme for ages 18-25): £1 / Student Day Ticket: £6
To Buy Tickets: Book tickets on 01202 669925

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