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BSO Change Makers project creates the BSO Resound Orchestra

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BSO Resound is a professional disabled-led ensemble made up of musicians led by James Rose, BSO Change Maker and Conductor.

For years orchestras have fallen behind other organizations when it comes to inclusion of people with disabilities. But in 2018, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra championed the Social Model of Disability to lead the way in giving disabled musicians access to professional careers in music.

Musicians in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra say that there surely is more that can be done to ensure people with hearing impairments, physical differences and visual disabilities have access to professional music-making. BSO Resound is a disabled-led ensemble that works alongside the symphony orchestra.

Resound has made many high-profile appearances since being set up, and has released a set of business recommendations with the hope they can be understood and implemented by other orchestras, music organizations and businesses to champion the Social Model of Disability.

In 2019 BSO Resound was nominated for and won the Royal Philharmonic Society's Impact Award. BSO Resound is part of the BSO's Change Makers Programme, which promotes diversity and inclusion within the orchestra and wider society, continuing to make music accessible to the widest possible audiences.

Read more about BSO Resound.