Behind the name

Boco is an old Sussex word meaning 'lots of'. It was mainly used by Sussex fisherman who interacted with their french counterparts (it derives from the French - beaucoup). We have decided to use this to represent our Sussex roots and to show what we stand for - lots of arts!

Who we are

Boco Arts is a music events company based in Brighton which was co-founded in July 2020 by Camilla Carden and Julia Palmer. The company was formed as a direct response to the devastating results of the COVID-19 pandemic on the classical music industry and its artists.

With many industry professionals out of work and traditional live performances on hold, we felt that this was the time to bring new energy and ideas into our industry.

Boco Arts produces classical music events in Brighton and the surrounding local area. Our ethos is simple, we seek to innovate and modernise the live classical music industry through youth and energy, by combining high-quality musical performances within modern settings and always welcoming new projects and ideas. We draw upon our breadth of experience working within the music industry to support other young, local musicians at the start of their professional career.

Our key aims are:
  • To commit to diverse programming at all our events, in order to promote female, disabled, LGBTQ+ and composers of colour.
  • To seek out new opportunities to bring vibrancy and innovation to each of our events, through our artists, venues and programming.
  • To draw talent and skills from the Sussex area

Julia Palmer Co-founder

Julia Palmer is a Brighton-based musician. She graduated in 2019 from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on violin and viola, and holds a diploma in Instrumental Teaching. She works as a freelance musician, performing internationally and around the UK, and teaches both privately and for Brighton and Hove Music & Arts.

While at university she co-founded Women Can, a creative partnership that campaigns for equality in the arts industry and beyond through events such as ‘100 – championing women in art from 1918-2018’ and ‘What Next?’, a one-day festival celebrating equality in the arts through concerts, plays, panel discussions, comedy, spoken word and galleries.

Camilla Carden Co-founder

Originally from Sussex, Camilla spent five years living in Manchester where she gained a first class Bachelor of Music from the University of Manchester and a Diploma of Higher Education in Vocal Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Throughout her undergraduate studies she worked part time for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, based in MediaCityUK, Salford, as well as completing a placement with BBC Radio 3. Following her graduation, Camilla joined the highly regarded artist management agency, Hazard Chase Limited, as an Assistant Artist Manager working closely with a roster of internationally renowned instrumentalists and conductors.

Sadly, Hazard Chase was forced to close due to the effects of Covid-19 on the live music industry. As a response, Camilla co-founded the Brighton based music events company, Boco Arts, with Julia Palmer in July 2020, which sought to support other young music professionals during this uncertain time.