History-Making Orchestra Inspire Penryn College Students With Visit

15 February 2019

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s history-making disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound, visited Penryn College on Wednesday morning, showcasing their inspirational musical talents in front of the school’s students and staff.

In 2018, BSO Resound became the world’s first-ever professional disabled-led ensemble created by an orchestra – before becoming the first-ever disabled-led ensemble to perform at the prestigious BBC Proms.

Earlier this week, all six of BSO Resound’s musicians performed several spellbinding classical scores in Penryn College’s Creative Arts department, before fielding a host of questions from pupils and staff surrounding the secrets behind their magical success, and the inspiring manner in which they have overcome their disabilities to perform in a professional orchestra. 

At the helm of BSO Resound is Falmouth University graduate James Rose, who conducts with one hand, a headband and his vocals. After 18 months of training with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – James created and directed BSO Resound, and following his team’s performance at Penryn College, he expressed his delight in being able to inspire others. 

Conductor James Rose and the BSO Resound at Penryn College.

“BSO Resound and I were delighted to perform for pupils at Penryn College as part of the BSO’s Cornwall Residency,” said James.

“Performing for young people is an extremely important part of the work we do as an ensemble. We hope that we can encourage and inspire the next generation, showing them that whoever you are and whatever background you come from, if you have the passion to do something then you can do it,” he concluded.

Mrs Childs, Head of Music at Penryn College, also commented on BSO Resound’s visit to the school. She said: “To have the BSO Resound visit our school was an exceptional experience. It was simply wonderful to hear a live performance of such mesmeric standards.”

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