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We excite

All members of the BPSO know that they are truly fortunate to perform such exciting music in such inspirational venues, to such a wide range of audiences. We perform near and far, to the young and less so.

Right: In support of PRAYAS Juvenile Aid Centre, Delhi, India




Members also love to generate this excitement in others, through outreach work.







Although serving Officers do not perform in uniform for our Concerts, the friendly face of the Police Service is always in evidence during these workshops.




We engage

We understand that for some people, attending one of our concerts is simply not an option. In order to engage as many people as possible in our work we have organised workshops in a range of venues, including the Geriatric Ward at Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham.



Members of the BPSO spent an afternoon with children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. The children had the opportunity to feel the vibrations of the sounds of the instruments and to get really close to the materials of which they are made.



The legacy of these workshops cannot be underestimated and the children still ask about their BPSO Buddies.

We enlighten

Many members of the BPSO work in education, across all ages, abilities and subject areas; with several specialising in the delivery of Music and the Performing Arts. This wealth of experience enables the orchestra to offer workshops, with sound pedagogy and close links to the specific curriculum requirements of the schools involved.



In order to maximise the experience for children who attend the Family Matinee concert, preparatory workshops are offered to a variety of organisations. These are free of charge to the schools and very, very noisy, with interactive games, singing and movement. Children have the opportunity to explore the sounds made by the different instruments and to ask questions about the pieces performed. We love receiving feedback from the children.


PC Danny

PC Danny is our host for the afternoon matinee concert in early December. Up to 2000 children, parents and carers are taken through a musical journey. Find out about his journey in 2017 by clicking here and from 2018 by clicking here!

From small starts, develop great projects

Many of the ideas and contacts for our projects, workshops and concerts are generated by individual members of the orchestra. A member of our Viola Section works as a therapist for children and asked whether we could consider working with them on a Friday afternoon. One year on from a very small workshop and following an enormous amount of hard work, a highly successful concert was performed, in support of Tiny Tim’s Therapy Centre.

All involved with the BPSO are delighted to be able to give something back to the communities in which they live, work and perform. PlayOut! would not have been possible without the following:
The generous legacy of Joyce White-Sansom, in memory of her husband Trevor, who played timpani with the orchestra for many years and is truly missed.
The generous donation by former Musical Director, Tom Hammond, who was inspirational and a driving force behind all aspects of our early outreach work.

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