If your once-reasonable musicianship is now on the rusty side but you would still love to play in an orchestra, then a chance being offered by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra could be just the answer.
Dorset’s own orchestra is offering budding musicians, from students to those in retirement, to participate in music-making days around the county and then play in a concert.
Schools in Gillingham, Wareham, Bournemouth and Bridport will be hosting the sessions, culminating with the concert at Lighthouse centre for the arts in Poole in June.
The BSO’s Rusty and Not so Rusty project, now in its 15th year, enables people of all ages and abilities (Grade V and above is recommended) to receive professional coaching from orchestra members.
Over a period of six days between April and June, players will learn a full concert programme of music by Verdi, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Dukas.
Sessions will be held on Sundays from 10am until 4.30pm, leading to a rehearsal day on 8th June and the final concert on Sunday, 22nd June
A warm and friendly atmosphere will be created to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds for whom it has been a lifelong ambition to play in an orchestra.
Linda Higson, project manager of the BSO, says: “Over the years I have witnessed many grow in confidence and enjoy their playing more and more.
“It doesn’t matter if they don’t play all the notes, it’s the thrill of playing alongside a professional orchestra.
“I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity to manage this truly amazing project – such lovely people from dinner ladies to professional people. I admire their talents and eagerness for learning and participating.”
It costs £45 to take part (under-18s, £20). For more information and to book a place, contact Linda Higson on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01202 644707.