BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orchestra has announced a new head of its internationally-acclaimed BSO Participate.

Lucy Warren, who is currently senior producer/head of engagement at south London arts centre The Albany, will start work with the BSO towards the end of this year.

She said: "I am thrilled to be soon joining the BSO, and to be continuing the pioneering and far-reaching work of BSO Participate."

BSO Participate works to reach communities throughout the region, organising activities such a school workshops and special performances in care homes.

The Participate established the world's first disabled-led ensemble and became the Alzheimer's Society's Dementia-friendly organisation of the year.

Lucy, an experienced professional musicianm who spent several years leading music workshops in Berlin and with Internationale Musikschule Berlin, said: "Now more than ever, we recognise the fundamental need to connect and to create.

"I am very much looking forward to bringing my own experiences of supporting diverse audiences and communities to the role – and working with the BSO team, orchestra, and the many partners across the south west and beyond, to champion the unique power of music in the further development of a responsive and innovative BSO Participate programme.”

Meanwhile, Dougie Scarfe, chief executive of BSO said: “We’re excited to bring Lucy, with her exceptional track record in delivering community-based projects, into the BSO team to build on the outstanding success of BSO Participate in recent years.

"Never has this work been needed more as we reach out throughout the south west and beyond with our life-empowering music making.”