Lucy Warren, who is currently Senior Producer/Head of Engagement at South London arts centre The Albany, has been announced as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new Head of BSO Participate; she begins work with the Orchestra at the end of 2020.

An experienced music professional, Lucy spent several years leading music workshops in Berlin and with Internationale Musikschule Berlin before her return to the UK. Bringing a wealth of experience to the role, Lucy has built relationships with a range of communities, artists and organisations, and in educational, health and wellbeing settings.  

“I am thrilled to be soon joining the BSO, and to be continuing the pioneering and far-reaching work of BSO Participate. Now more than ever, we recognise the fundamental need to connect and to create, and I am very much looking forward to bringing my own experiences of supporting diverse audiences and communities to the role; and working with the BSO team, Orchestra, and the many partners across the South West and beyond, to champion the unique power of music in the further development of a responsive and innovative BSO Participate programme.” — Lucy Warren

BSO Participate has an international reputation, setting the benchmark for community learning and participation in the classical sector. From establishing the world’s first disabled-led ensemble at the core of a professional symphony orchestra to becoming Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia-Friendly Organisation of the Year, the work of BSO Participate continues to innovate. Later in the 20/21 season, BSO Participate will present a new work commissioned by Allianz Musical Insurance and partnering two radical figures in modern British music: composer Shirley J. Thompson and disabled-led ensemble BSO Resound.

Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra said, “We’re excited to bring Lucy, with her exceptional track record in delivering community-based projects, into the BSO team to build on the outstanding success of BSO Participate in recent years. Never has this work been needed more as we reach out throughout the South West and beyond with our life-empowering music making.”

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