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Professional Training for Musicians with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Lectures and training for the art activities leading to social inclusion

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  • Lecture / Symposium

There are a growing need and increasing attention for activities which spotlight the inclusivity of arts in recent years. Such movement introduced legislation for promoting artistic activities for people with disabilities. On the other hand, we, as practitioners of “arts activities leading to social inclusion,” are still trying to figure out how to handle those activities and how to deliver them with higher quality.
The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, therefore, launched lectures and skill-up training to sort out the points we need to understand on practicing “arts activities leading to social inclusion.” The focus will be on performing arts such as music and dance.

This training welcomes the musicians as trainers from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, an English orchestra that has been delivering unique and cutting-edge activities.
Their work has been highly praised, deeply committed to the local communities including multigenerational communities and other various socially challenging communities.
Notably, “BSO Resound,” the world’s first professional disabled-led ensemble has been drawing attention around the globe. Their performances include one at the BBC Proms.
At the training, the members of the BSO are going to share their secrets to develop socially inclusive arts activities with higher quality through their case studies (hardships), experiences, and know-how.

Program A

An orchestra conducting experience is not the only way to become a protagonist. This training is to develop activities in which every participant plays a key role. Let’s try a 10-15 minute interactive activity you can bring in to your outreach concerts, learning the practical methods and skills.

Date&Time: Sunday, November 24 11:00 – 16:30
Venue: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Large Rehearsal Room
Capacity: Approx. 15
Admission: Free
Hugh Nankivell (Composer, pianist / BSO Associate Musician)
Edward Hackett (BSO Percussionist)
Emma Welton (BSO Violinist)

Program B

This program provides training to conduct music activities building with diverse people. The onsite training teaches us how to create improvisational music with each diverse participant playing the leading role and how to set up the best locale for the activity. Let’s say you want to create a song or a melody from a musical fragment picked up from a participant. What kind of methods can be used? On day 2, we will join the workshop with the diverse participants including the elderly or people with disabilities to accumulate experiences. The workshop is followed by the participants’ reviewing, and their experiences and perceptions will be shared with the trainers.

Monday, November 25 13:00 – 17:00
Tuesday, November 26 10:30 – 16:00
Nov 25, Route Books (4 Chome Higashiueno, Taito City)
Nov 26, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Rehearsal Room, care house in Tokyo for socially challenged people (TBC)
Capacity: Approx. 15
Admission: Free
Hugh Nankivell (Composer, pianist / BSO Associate Musician)
Edward Hackett (BSO Percussionist)
Emma Welton (BSO Violinist)

[Special Forum] Diversity, Equality, and Accessibility: from case studies of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

This forum gives us an insight into the diversity, equality, and accessibility in classical music activities along with case studies of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Date&Time: Tuesday, November 26 18:00 – 20:00
Venue: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Large Meeting Room (4th floor)
Capacity: Approx. 50
Admission: Free
Panelists: Ben Jennings (BSO Participate Programme Manager) and more
Listener: Mia Nakamura (Sociology of Music and Arts / Associate Professor, Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University)


Peatix Application Form (only in Japanese)

The training programs are planned for participants such as professional musicians or music workshop facilitators. Please note that the programs focus on the expert field of classical music.

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*All programs are conducted in English with Japanese interpretation provided.
*Participating only on Nov 26 is not permitted due to the program arrangement.
*Photography and video recording will occur during the workshop for our publicity materials, SNS, and such.
*The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Production section
TEL: 03-3828-2111


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Rehearsal Room, Large Meeting Room), Route Books, Care house in Taito City for socially challenged people



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan / Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Cooperated by
Japan Century Symphony Orchestra
Supported by
The Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan