The Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra (BGSO) will today continue the theme of its 10th anniversary season by revisiting the very best music from its past, presenting a concert ‘full of summer sunshine and music to put a smile on your face and fire in your belly!’
Often referred to as ‘Birmingham's friendliest orchestra’, BGSO will be including music from West Side Story, Bizet's Carmen and Copland's Hoe Down from Rodeo when it performs at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire today.
The orchestra was formed in 2008 when two violins, a flute, an oboe, a trumpet and a french horn responded to an advert in Midlands Zone. By the end of 2009, the orchestra had grown to more than 20 regular players and was preparing to put on its first concert.
The orchestra has since forged strong links with other organisations within the LGBT community, and can often be seen playing as smaller ensembles at key events including SHOUT Festival and LFEST.
Commenting on BGSO, a spokesperson said: “In a nutshell, anyone and everyone can join us. As long as we have a vacancy within the orchestra, we allow musicians of all abilities and backgrounds. The only things we ask is that you are over 16 years of age and can commit to the majority of rehearsals.
"Many of our members hadn't played their instrument in years before joining the BGSO, but now they practise daily! If you’re interested in joining us, send an email to email@example.com.”
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