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Fri 3 Feb 2023


BSO KS4 Set Works Concert

A special concert for KS4 GCSE music students

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Two people wearing black hold cellos in front of a blue circle

This event is for Bristol secondary schools. 

In this special event for GCSE and BTEC music students and teachers in Bristol secondary schools, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) perform pieces from the current GCSE syllabus, as well as live composition.

Presented by BSO Associate Musician Patrick Bailey, BSO’s KS4 concerts trace the development of music from the baroque period to the present day—supporting the music education of all KS4 music students. The musicians of BSO will be joined by student musicians from University of Bristol.

It includes pieces from current GCSE syllabuses (EDEXCEL, EDUQAS, AQA & OCR) and a live composition section, with schools contributing through their ‘Composition Storyboard’ worksheet which may be featured in the concert. Patrick will pull apart the compositional techniques and utilise them in a short creative composition.

The development of instruments and tastes is used as a narrative hook and this allows students to understand why styles vary from genre to genre, from harpsichord in Bach to musical theatre.

The event also includes access to a private online page featuring digital learning resources available until the end of the academic year to support study.



Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 5  (Edexcel)

Mozart – Clarinet Concerto III (AQA)

Spalding – Samba em Preludio (Edexcel/AQA/OCR further listening)

Curry/Fowler – Little Orpheus Video Game Music (Edexcel/AQA/OCR/Eduqas)