PROUD TO BE THE MIDLANDS'
The Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra is the Midland's LGBT+ orchestra. BGSO promotes musical talent directly from within the LGBT+ community, illuminating the diversity that exists within it to the wider community and beyond. As an LGBT+ orchestra we provide a safe ‘non-scene’ environment centred around a shared interest where people can come together to express who they are without any additional pressure or expectations. We welcome all musicians whether they identify as LGBT+ or not.
The Orchestra was first formed in 2008 when two violins, a flute, an oboe, a trumpet and a french horn responded to an advert in Midland Zone. People who hadn't played their instrument in years sat next to professional players. By the end of 2009 the Orchestra had grown to over 20 regular players and was preparing to put on their first concert at Birmingham Conservatoire's Recital Hall.
Now in our thirteenth season, we perform three concerts a year in venues around the city, at St Paul's in the Jewellery Quarter and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and we are honoured to be St. Pauls' ‘Orchestra in Residence’. We have forged strong links with other organisations within the LGBT community, and can often be seen playing as smaller ensembles at key events in the LGBT calendar, including performances at SHOUT Festival and LFEST.
Who can join BGSO?
In a nutshell, anyone and everyone! As long as we have a vacancy within the orchestra, we welcome musicians of all abilities and backgrounds. All we ask is that you are over 16 years of age, and can commit to the majority of rehearsals. For some positions (such a principal seats) we may invite you to join on a trial basis dependent on your playing experience to date. Many of our members hadn't played their instrument in years before joining the BGSO, but now they practice daily! We are currently recruiting for our string, brass and percussion section but if you play a wind instrument, do let us know as there may be space. If you are interested in joining the BGSO - get in touch.
Rehearsals currently take place on alternate Sundays. Whilst we don't ask for a minimum standard, we do ask that each player can commit to the majority of rehearsals
TAKE YOUR PLACE ON OUR STAGE
We are looking for violin, viola, double bass, horn, bassoon, trumpet and percussion players to join us for our ambitious future concerts and projects.
Be a part of our exciting future - fill out the form below:
Members & Supporters
Jack has been Musical Director of BGSO since 2012, leading the Orchestra from strength to strength in concerts ranging from film score spectaculars to intimate classical soirées.
Jack is a prolific young conductor, leading orchestras, choirs and opera companies across the Midlands, the North and Wales. In addition to his position here as Musical Director of BGSO, he is Music Director at Stafford Sinfonia and Opera Ddraig in Cardiff, and Chorus Director at Spires Philharmonic Chorus in Coventry.
As well as his regular busy schedule of rehearsals and concerts, Jack was Assistant Conductor of the Royal Opera House’s production of The Firework Makers Daughter in December 2015, Music Director of Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Taunton Festival Opera with world-renowned bass-baritone Donald Maxwell and Assistant Conductor for an award-winning production of Britten’s Paul Bunyan with WNO Youth Opera. Jack studied Music at University of Birmingham and went on to study Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is tutored by Michael Seal (Associate Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and is both librarian and assistant conductor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Jack also works throughout the Midlands as a piano technician.
JOIN & CONTACT
We currently have vacancies for violins, violas, double basses, horn, bassoon, trumpet and percussion.
For the vast majority of positions we accept players of all standards, although you will need to read music, and be able to commit to the majority of rehearsals. Other positions (particularly principal seats) are on a trial basis.
Drop us an email using the form above or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see if we can slot you in!
Rehearsals are on alternate Sundays (September - December, January - March and April - July).
BGSO welcomes all enquiries. If you would like to hire us for your event please use the contact form below. We are able to provide string, wind and mixed ensembles in addition to full orchestra.
To avoid disappointment, please be aware that we are a busy community orchestra and as such plan our concert seasons many months in advance. Therefore, we may not be able to fulfil requests with short notice periods.
For general enquiries not related to joining, please email Robert, the secretary, at email@example.com.
The 2021-2022 BGSO committee:
Musical Director Jack Lovell-Huckle
Chair Lee Ireland
Secretary Robert Downing
Treasurer Kerensa Guest