Over 4,000 local schoolchildren to perform song celebrating 200 years of Bournemouth

On 13th and 14th July, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will perform four schools concerts in Poole , presented by the BSO/J.P. Morgan Children’s Composer, Paul Rissmann. Over 4,000 schoolchildren from schools across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth will attend the concerts free of charge.

At the Wednesday afternoon concert the audience will include a group of children aged just 10-12 from the Russian town of Belarus , a country still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear fallout, who are in Poole on a recuperative holiday. This has a special resonance for Kirill Karabits, the BSO’s Principal Conductor, who is originally from Kiev , only some 50 miles from the children’s home town. When he heard that the group, who speak no English, were to come hear the orchestra play, he recorded a special video welcome in Russian, to be played to them before they hear the concert.

BSO Community Musician Andy Baker will meet the children in the morning to lead a workshop on the music that is to be played. One piece he will explain to them is an interactive song, B200, written by Paul Rissmann with the help of Year 4 pupils at Muscliff Primary School , which celebrates the bicentenary of Bournemouth . Schools across the county have been learning the words and music and will perform the song accompanied by the full orchestra.

Jacky Thorne, BSO’s Head of Communications said, “The BSO is delighted to be making such an important connection with Chernobyl , and looks forward to performing its renowned school concerts to so many young people in Dorset.”


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