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BSO Resound

I’m now over half way through my 18 month placement with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and while we have already done so much there is still more to do. Since my last blog post the BSO have launched their new disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound. I am delighted to welcome the ...

Photo of the author with the musician Basil Gabiddon sitting in a community hall

Loving Music Hating Racism – Basil and me

Being involved in Love Music Hate Racism is one of the greatest, most rewarding things I have ever done. Racism is a evil epidemic of discrimination which highlights the way the establishment divides us and causes mistrust within our communities. Differences strengthen society; not weaken it. Diversity enriches our culture ...

New Year, New Challenges

2017 was a busy but exciting year and I have now successfully been working at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for six months. These months have gone by so quickly but a lot has been achieved in this time. Conferences During my time with the BSO, I have attended some fascinating conferences. On ...

Hand with paper heart - by Gemma Nash

Piss, Productivity and Phillip Hammond

At the end of 2017 I had one of the worst few weeks I can remember in terms of impairment pain, discomfort, immobility and general health problems. A routine medical appointment resulted in three admissions to A&E for suspected urinary retention, emergency catheterisation and severe bladder pain. I don’t usually write ...

A wide shot of James facing away from the camera conducting to A4 posters of instruments on the walls of his lounge.

Decisions, decisions, decisions!

 Composer-in-residence It is safe to say that I have settled into my role at the BSO and still loving it! Since my last post, we have recruited Alexander Campkin as the ensemble’s Composer-in-Residence for the ensemble about which I am so delighted. The journey from whittling down to 1 composer from ...

James Rose, Dougie Scarfe (the CEO of the BSO), Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers at the Proms in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. Credit: Starlight Photography

Concerts and Composers

I’m in my eleventh week at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and I’m loving it! Recently, I went to the BSO’s very own Proms in the Park staged over three days in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. This fun-filled 48 hr period included meeting the private donors contributing a significant amount against ...

Photo: James Rose in a meeting at the BSO.

Starting at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Since my last post on Disability Arts Online (DAO) last October, things have progressed far beyond anything I could have imagined.  Since you’re reading this, you might have already noticed the publicity surrounding Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s (the BSO) Change Makers project and that I am now training there to ...

brilliantly coloured stenciled poster for A Very Queer Nazi Faust

Norwich Pride awaits the next installment of A Very Queer Nazi Faust

My live happening, A Very Queer Nazi Faust, is being performed at Norwich Pride 2017 as follows...

"The best theatre production you'll see all year! Telling the sad story that faces so many of our most vulnerable citizens with fantastic wit and compelling drama." Lewis Martin
Monday 24 July 2017: Act 1 ...

The Equals

Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys: Some Belated Praise for the Equals

Last year I bought a copy of a music magazine called Shindig. A magazine that covers music from past decades. The main focus often being on the 1960s. In particular, the psychedelic music that blossomed in the second half of the decade. My main reason for buying the magazine was ...

Signs: Push

Another song of exhortation, encouragement. I feel like I've been a long time gone from disability activism, that I've settled for work, photography and poetry, but my street actions were of a time, a time shared by others. I know also that there are others doing and leading the pushing ...