New professional ensemble led by disabled musicians

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced the names of a new professional ensemble led by disabled musicians.

The six founding musicians of its new disabled-led ensemble are Siobhan Clough (violin/ viola), Phillip Howells (percussion), Roger Preston (cello), Kate Risdon (flute), Matthew Scott (clarinet) and Charlotte White (LinnStrument).

The players trained at London conservatoires Trinity Laban, Royal Academy and Guildhall School of Music.

The ensemble is a core part of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Change Makers project funded by Arts Council England and already features James Rose a disabled conductor who began his 18-month training placement with the Orchestra in June 2017. James will curate and direct the ensemble.

This is a lovely piece of news. At the same time its not necessarily a surprise this is the kind of boundary breaking work Bournemouth is fast developing a reputation for. Can’t wait to see the ensemble in action.


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