Coda/BSO Family Orchestra

Not currently running in 2023 – if you would be interested in joining this ensemble in the future, please contact Coda. 

Family Orchestra
in partnership with the
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

The BSO/Coda Family Orchestra has been designed to bring together families of all shapes and sizes to share the joy of making music with each other.

The aim is to encourage people to come together, experience playing in an ensemble with other like-minded individuals and to create new pieces of music from scratch.

The BSO/Coda Family Orchestra is open to everyone, whatever your musical standard – from experienced musicians, to those who have only just started learning an instrument.

You don’t need to be related – this is much more about MUSICAL kinship – joining together and playing. Come with relatives, friends or even on your own to join our musical family.

Any instrument, any ability, any age* welcome!

*our guideline minimum age for children is 5+

Sessions will be led by BSO Associate Sam Mason, who will be joined by special guests from the BSO and Coda.

All elements of music will be examined from tone, timbre and tempo to conducting. The sessions will not just explore existing repertoire, but support composing and devising new music as part of an ensemble. In this way, participants will contribute and shape the sessions and compose an original piece which will be performed at the Lighthouse in July.

The Family Orchestra will meet from 2pm to 4pm 
at St. Michael’s C of E Primary School, Somerville Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5LH

Initial sessions will be monthly, with the final 3 sessions closer together to rehearse more intensively for the performance.
Dates are as follows:

  • Sunday 13th January
  • Sunday 17th February
  • Sunday 17th March
  • Sunday 7th April
  • Sunday 2nd June
  • Sunday 23rd June
  • Sunday 30th June

Saturday 13th July – Lighthouse – 6.30pm (approx) 

The Family Orchestra will share its work ahead of the BSO Inside/Out concert in the Summer. This is a fantastic, family event and a friendly, welcoming audience for the culmination performance.

The cost of each session is £5 for individuals, £6 for 2 people, £8 for 3 people and £10 for a family of 4 or more

Moving forward, we would like to encourage participants to book online via the BSO website but initially we will be able to accept payment at the sessions.

We will also be offering exclusive discounted tickets for two BSO performances to Family Orchestra members.

For more information, please contact Chris Bell at the BSO directly on 01202 644725 or email

Learn an Instrument

At Coda, near Christchurch, on the Dorset/Hampshire border. We offer music tuition for all ages and abilities in piano, strings, woodwind, guitars, drums and vocals. Lessons can be one-to-one, in pairs or groups – depending on preference and budget. Classes are offered at a variety of times – just get in touch for current availability.

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