BSO Resound calls for inclusion to remain centre stage as it performs world premiere by Shirley J. Thompson

Published 03 June 2021

    The new work, Emanation, joins two forces for positive change in classical music; BSO Resound, the world’s first professional disabled-led ensemble embedded in a major symphony orchestra, and the visionary artist and cultural activist, composer Shirley J. Thompson.

    Shirley J. Thompson’s Emanation — a seven-minute work for chamber ensemble — reflects on 60 years of the Independent Living Movement and its impact on the lives of disabled people.

BSO Resound performs Emanation at Lighthouse, Poole, on Thursday 17 June, 2021.

To both a socially-distanced physical audience and a livestreamed audience online (keep your eyes peeled as we'll be offering free access to the live stream!).

The concert forms part of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new summer series of events, as it welcomes audiences back to the concert hall.


Click here for tickets and more information. 

Composer Shirley J. Thompson said“Emanation celebrates the journey towards independence for the disabled community, from the pioneering spirit of the 1960s through to the present day. This commission has enabled me to write for the linnstrument, a MIDI-based keyboard instrument that uses assistive technology, and it’s opened my eyes to a wonderful new world of sound: I look forward to hearing BSO Resound bring the work to life!”

Siobhan Clough, member of BSO Resound said“For me, this piece really does represent a journey: when playing Emanation I can’t help but reflect on what has been achieved over the last 60 years for disabled musicians, whilst looking forward to the unknown yet to come. It’s a pleasure to explore this celebratory work and draw new perspective from it.”