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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Visit

Many of you will remember the very successful visits last year of the trainers from the BSO, Matt Harrison and Patrick Bailey. I am very pleased to inform you that they are returning for the weekend of 8th/9th October to run some more sessions for the whole community. There are a number of different workshops on offer, and they are all free of charge:


Saturday 8th October


12.00 – 1.30pm – Young Peoples’ Instrumental Group 


This group is open to any young people who are learning an instrument, or who play. Band musicians are very welcome. You will be working on writing/creating your own piece of music with Patrick and Matt.


2.30 – 4pm – Adult ‘rusty returners’ session.


Did you used to play an instrument at school? Has it been in the case for over 20 years? This is a chance to start playing again and get some support and help in a very friendly environment. You will be able to use your newly found skills in the Family Orchestra session on Sunday, as well.


4.30 – 5.30pm NEW GROUP Community Choir


This is an opportunity for all members of the community to come together to try some mixed voice singing. No age limits, no auditions, just come along and have some fun using your voice.


Sunday 9th October


10.00-12noon –Brass Workshops. 


Would you like to learn a brass instrument?  Did you come along last time and have a try out? Come along and get started on the basics. We will be using a selection of school brass, and will be offering coaching and support to get you playing. There will also be information about the new Skype Brass lessons we will soon be offering in conjunction with Cornwall Music Service Trust. If you are a community brass player and would like to help us or have some coaching, we would love to hear from you! Please book in for your session via Facebook/email, stating number of adults and children, and which session (10-11 or 11-12).


2.30 – 4pm – Family Orchestra


This is a session for adults and children to make music together. We are using the term ‘orchestra’ in its widest form, meaning simply a large group of instruments playing together. The only rule is that if you bring a child along you have to stay and take part, so no unaccompanied children please! ANY instrument is welcome, and we have a limited number of amps available for electric guitars etc. If you do not play anything and your child wants to come, we can give you a percussion instrument to hit! This will be a fun, family session for the whole community to make music together. Music readers and non readers are welcome, and there will be parts that are accessible to all.


All sessions will take place at school in either the music room or the performance hall. This is an opportunity for the whole community, so please invite your friends, family and neighbours. 

If you want any further information, please contact me on or ring 424850 and leave me a message. Alternatively you can message me via our Facebook group – Five Islands School Music Department.


Yours Sincerely

Debbie Wainwright