2019: Impact

Sponsored by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

For an outstanding initiative or organisation which, between January 2018 and June 2019, set out to engage and have a lasting positive impact on the lives of people who may not otherwise experience classical music.

BSO Change Makers and Resound

Panel citation: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s transformative approach to inclusion and the role of disabled musicians in everything it does, and their willingness to share their blueprint, will resonate for decades to come. Vitally empowering and aspirational for musicians, this remarkable organisation-wide commitment redefines “brave”, and compels us all to be braver. It has the potential to change the music profession for good.

Also shortlisted:


This year's Impact Award was decided by an independent panel drawn from across the music profession comprising:

  • Barry Farrimond MBE, Chief Executive, Open Up Music
  • Lydia Connolly, Director, Harrison Parrott
  • Tabby Estell, Head of Children and Young People's Programmes, Trinity Laban
  • Sophie Lewis, Managing Director, National Children's Orchestra
  • Suzanne Hay, Head of Partnerships and Learning, BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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