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Read our evaluation report for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

We are very excited that our external evaluation report for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Change Makers programme has been released! BSO Change Makers was an unprecedented and groundbreaking 18 month programme to make the Orchestra more accessible and inclusive, and we worked alongside the BSO for the duration to gather evidence of change.

The programme ran in three parts: a training placement for James Rose, a disabled conductor, to accelerate his development and confidence as an artist; the creation of BSO Resound, a six-piece disabled-led professional ensemble created and directed by James giving a series of public performances and workshops; a series of organisational change activities, including training for the whole BSO staff to embed inclusion and awareness.

The report presents compelling evidence of change within the BSO, outlines 5 key principles that led to successful integration of the programme, and calls on leaders to adopt the findings. As a result of the Orchestra’s learning and experience, they are committed to working with other organisations to explore and implement true inclusion for disabled people. The BSO Programme for Cultural Change, constructed through the 18 months of learning, is available to inspire change, both nationally and internationally. The programme is the first chapter of an ongoing story of change that will continue to evolve for the life of the BSO.

To download the report and find out more about how you can get involved with the BSO Programme for Cultural Change, click here.

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