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Kokoro Ensemble by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Kokoro is back with another fantastic performance for this year’s Arts by the Sea Festival and this time they are calling on young members of the public to compose new works for them. Kokoro is the new music ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – a celebrated outfit committed to bringing contemporary music to the South and South West. On Sunday 9 October, as part of the Festival’s opening weekend, Kokoro is performing a concert in the stunning Richmond Hill St. Andrew’s Church, to reflect the 2016 theme of The Sea, Visions and Voyages.

Their programme features haunting, vibrant works including the late Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Runes from a Holy Island, Eloise Nancy Gynn’s Song of the Awakening Dawn, Huw Watkins’s Speak Seven Seas, Thomas Adès’s Court Studies from ‘The Tempest’ .  As its centre piece, the first performance of a new work by Hywel Davies, Kokoro’s composer-in-residence, for voice and ensemble, setting texts with reflecting the festival’s theme.


The theme will also provide inspiration for new music by young composers from the south and south-west to be performed in the concert following a call for scores in two age categories 12 – 18 (in collaboration with Sound and Music’s Go-Compose! Initiative), and 18 – 22. (This is now closed for submissions).




Eloise Nancy Gynn           Song of the Awakening Dawn

Huw Watkins                     Speak Seven Seas

Elgar                                  Where Corals Lie (Sea Pictures)

Call for scores work

Maxwell Davies                Runes from a Holy Island

Ireland                               Sea Fever

Michael Nyman                Yellow Beach

Call for scores work

Thomas Adès                    Court Studies from ‘The Tempest’ 

Hywel Davies                    Three Sea Songs (world première)




Jeanette Ager  mezzo soprano

Mark Forkgen  conductor

Young musicians from Broadstone Music Series

Commissioned by Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival. Supported by Sound and Music Go Compose! Initiative

Sun 09 Oct 16, 19:00 - 21:00

£12.00 adults, £10.00 concessions

Richmond Hill St. Andrews Church, 8 St Stephen's Rd, Bournemouth BH2 6JJ