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Calling all string players! Join the BSO Rusty Musicians Strings Day this October

Have you ever wanted to perform in a professional string ensemble? Are you a student with ambitions to continue your musical career to A level, university, or beyond, and want to experience performing with the professionals? Or perhaps you have an instrument at the back of the cupboard just longing to be played again? Then now is your chance to dust off your instrument and revive your talent! The BSO Rusty Musicians Strings Day offers amateur string players of all ages the opportunity to spend a day performing and receive expert coaching from the BSO’s professional musicians in both sectional and tutti rehearsals. The project culminates in a memorable concert performance alongside the BSO’s musicians in front of family and friends.

Taking place on Sunday 15 October at Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth, the day is open to players of orchestral string instruments and is aimed at young fledgling talent, those who would like to experience playing in an orchestra, and also give those who may be more rusty a reason to begin playing once more. So whether your fiddle is in fine fettle, or it has been a while since you got your cello out of its case; or perhaps you’re just starting to master the double bass, or you’ve been meaning to dust off your viola – whatever string instrument you play, the BSO Rusties would love to hear from you. Everyone is welcome, with a recommended standard of Grade 5 advised to ensure participants gain the most from the experience. Rehearsals will take place from 10am, with sectionals in the morning and a full rehearsal after lunch before a final free concert at 4.15pm to showcase everyone’s hard work.

BSO Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association Victor Aviat will lead an exciting programme of some of the most beautiful Romantic and early 20th Century music ever written for string orchestra. Participants will have the rewarding challenge of learning and performing the opening movement from Tchaikovsky’s heartfelt Serenade for Strings, the fourth movement from Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings, Bartok’s colourful and lively Romanian Folk Dances; and Holst’s folk-inspired St. Paul’s Suite.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is a cultural beacon for the South and South West, existing to give people across the region of over 10,000 square miles the opportunity to experience and participate in great art. A core part of the BSO’s mission is its work beyond the concert hall and through BSO Participate offers a diverse range of people across a myriad of communities the opportunity to experience the power of music. The BSO’s Rusty and Not So Rusty Musicians project is delivered by BSO Participate’s Resonatestrand of work, which provides community engagement projects across the region, promoting social inclusion and social cohesion within local communities. For many BSO Rusty Musician participants, the project is an unforgettable experience and becomes one of the highlights of the musical calendar, returning year after year having made firm friendships with other Rusty musicians. With an emphasis on fun and taking place in a supportive atmosphere, the project is a great way for amateur musicians to meet like-minded people and enjoy the achievement of performing repertoire usually only undertaken by professional orchestras.

And for all woodwind and brass players, look out for details of the BSO Rusty and Not So Rusty Musicians Wind and Brass Day also coming up this autumn on Sunday 22 October with an exciting programme of works ranging from Holst to James Bond and Star Wars.


If you would like to find out more about the BSO Rusty Strings Day and to sign up, please visit

For more information, please contact Ben Jennings, BSO Participate Co-Ordinator on 01202 644717 or


Event: BSO Rusty Strings Day (Violin, Viola, Cello & Double Bass players)

Venue: Talbot Heath School, Rothesay Road, Talbot Woods, Bournemouth BH4 9NJ

Date: Sunday 15 October 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm. Free Concert: 4.15pm

Cost: Adults – £35; Under 18s and Students – £20

To Register: Please visit to sign up. Open to all ages (we advise Grade 5 standard & above); participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult

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