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Blackpool Symphony Orchestra
It is our centenary season!
Although we haven't been able to meet together since the beginning of the first lock-down in March 2020 we have continued to find ways for our members to enjoy music making and stay connected throughout lock-down.
We have been holding virtual coffee breaks on Thursday evenings which have included desert island discs, a quiz or two and even some signing sessions as well as keeping people up to date on our other projects.
The first of these was Our Virtual Performance of Over the Rainbow, which was arranged for us by our composer in residence, Ed Rugman and has raised £3,041 for Blackpool Food Bank. This was followed by our 'The Making of BSO Rainbow' video.
We are delighted that our BSO Rainbow Lock Down Virtual Performance has been enjoyed by so many people and thrilled that it has been recognised by Making Music, the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Classical Music Digital Awards.
Online Come and Play String Afternoon
23 January 2021
It was lovely to come together on 23 January to play with some new and familiar faces.Our online string afternoon started with our annual tradition of playing Libertango. A workshop enabled us to work some tricky and Interesting corners. We then enjoyed meeting our section in a breakout room before then returning to play Tchaikovsky's glorious Serenade for Strings.
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In early September we were able to come and play together for the first time since March. Our music making was the experience we needed and is sustaining us through these challenging times. We are sharing this today on what would have been the second of our centenary concerts.
Virtual Coffee Breaks, Projects and Come and Play Events
We have been holding virtual coffee breaks online and working on projects since the beginning of lock-down 1 in March 2020.
Our virtual coffee breaks include a range of activities such as Desert Island Discs, mystery guests, learning some BSL signed songs and quizzes as well as virtual come and plays. These take place on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm on Zoom. Please email for information.
Our first project was our Over the Rainbow. We will soon be releasing our latest project - Life on Pause where members, friends and audience were invited to send music, poems or any media that explains what lock-down has meant for them.
Thursday 28 January 7.30pn on Zoom
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Given the current environment we are moving the start of our centenary celebrations to 2021 and will be reviewing this in line with government guidance.
We are disappointed to have to postpone some of our Centenary concerts.
We are rescheduling these and will get back to playing for you as soon as it safe for us to do so.