Orchestral Evolution


Orchestral Evolution; An original Hub project and brand new commissioned score for a revolutionary ‘pop up orchestra’, that welcomes all instruments and all abilities. The score has been created by renowned boundary breaking composer, Hub Partner and guitarist Chris Woods.

Students from every type of school ensemble traditional or unusual, from orchestras to jazz bands, an after school ukulele club to the in house rock band all invited to learn the piece with Chris and a visiting member of the Chris Woods Groove Orchestra, in a one hour workshop (dates below). Further content will be made available for free online, to help students practice and further develop their playing.

All of the groups will then be invited to join a mass pop up orchestra hosted by one of the participating schools ; to perform alongside some of this country’s finest players as part of ‘The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra’ at a one off inspirational concert.

This is a unique chance for your students and ensembles to work with an exciting contemporary composer and world class musicians, developing them individually and offering supported progression.

The score and parts (from beginner to advanced) will be published in January 2018; Chris will be publishing a blog on the progress of the commission before then.

8 school ensembles have the opportunity to take part and register for one of the 8 free workshops scheduled 27 Feb – 2 March with the finale performance during the afternoon on March 15th at The Bourne Academy.

To register your school’s interest and secure one of the free workshops email rachel.sene@bournemouth.gov.uk detailing the type of ensemble, number of students and your preferred date from the following:

27th Feb: AM or PM

28th Feb: AM or PM

1st March: AM or PM

2nd March: AM or PM

Orchestral Evolution sign-up form

All Orchestral Evolution participants invited to come together for a mass pop up orchestra hosted by The Bourne Academy on the evening of 15th March.

This one-off acoustic concert is your opportunity to experience performing in a mass-ensemble alongside young musicians from across Bournemouth and Poole, including performances and collaboration from The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra.

Fill out the form below to register your interest. More info about timings will be sent nearer the time.

Name of applicant


Date of birth


Skill Level(if applicable)

Beginner (grade 0-3)Intermediate (grade 4-5)Advanced (grade 6+)

Please state if you have any Allergies / Medical Conditions / Access Needs

Parent/Guardian Name

Parent/Guardian’s Email address

Number of guests coming: (limited to two per performer)

I confirm that I will be attending the Orchestral Evolution concert on Thursday 15th March.

SoundStorm would like to take photographs and/or film footage of your child/ward participating in the above ensemble for promotional purposes. These images or video footage may appear in the printed publications, website or social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vimeo) of SoundStorm. Parents/guardians must give written permission for the use of any photographs or video footage. Young people’s names will not accompany photographs unless we have sought separate permission.

I consent to SoundStorm using photos or film footage of my child for printed publications, website and social media


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