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Artsreach, Dorset’s touring arts organisation, has teamed up with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to offer audiences across Dorset the opportunity to see ensembles perform in a variety of rural venues.

And on 6 November the orchestra’s newest ensemble, BSO Resound, will perform one special ‘Reimagining the Classics’ concert at Gillingham School in Gillingham.

Developed as part of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Participate’s Change Makers project in 2018, BSO Resound is the world’s first disabled-led ensemble as part of a professional orchestra’s core activities.

Under the baton of their conductor and artistic director, James Rose, BSO Resound have gained high profile international attention for their ground-breaking performances and advocacy for equality, changing peoples’ perceptions of what disability is and what disabled people can achieve.

BSO Resound conductor James Rose said: ‘Our aim is simply to be treated as a professional ensemble who happen to be disabled. We want to be compared with other groups musically, not to have people say, “It sounds OK but they’re not the same”.’

From Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to Vivaldi, Rachmaninov and Copland, BSO Resound will perform a range of repertoire, including arrangements of well-known classical works and new commissions written specifically for the founding members of the ensemble.

The BSO Resound concert will take place at Gillingham School Theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 November. Further information and tickets are available from Gillingham School on 01747 833844 or online at www.artsreach.co.uk

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