Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced that they have selected six disabled musicians to be part of their ensemble.

The BSO announced the joining of the following musicians to their ensemble, who will be given performance opportunities, professional development and also be paid professional rates: Siobhan Clough (violin/viola), Phillip Howells (percussion), Roger Preston (cello), Kate Risdon (flue), Matthew Scott (clarinet) and Charlotte White (LinnStrument).

Dougie Scarfe, chief executive officer of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, said “The BSO is delighted to welcome these incredibly talented musicians to the ensemble. I am extremely proud that the BSO is the first Orchestra in the world to have a professional disabled-led ensemble as a core part of its activities. I know that this new BSO ensemble will help promote diversity within the arts and society as a whole, making music more accessible to everyone.”

The move comes funding was awarded to the BSO by the Arts Council England Change Makers Fund, which aims to promote the inclusion of black, minority ethnic and disabled people in the arts.