Bristol Centre for Musicians

Bristol Centre for Musicians
Bristol Cathedral Choir School, College Square, Bristol, BS1 5TS

Bristol Centre for Musicians is home to BPM’s family of bands, ensembles and orchestras. Young musicians can join a range of age and level appropriate ensembles and bands which progress to the Bristol Youth Orchestra, widely regarded as one of the best youth orchestras in the South West. Led by conductor Tim Harrison, the Bristol Youth Orchestra is a member of the Association of British Orchestras and has a close association with Colston Hall as a Young Company in Residence.

All BPM bands and ensembles have an excellent reputation in the city for producing talented musicians. Musicians have the opportunity to progress through the ensembles as their playing develops. Sessions are split between sectional coaching and performance rehearsals. Performances take place approximately three times a year in venues including Colston Hall, the Victoria Rooms and St George’s Bristol.

Bristol Bridge Orchestra is for all young musicians (strings, wind, brass & percussion) and gives everyone a chance to experience playing as part of a full orchestra. Once musicians feel ready, they are able to move on to the Bristol Youth Chamber Orchestra (strings only) and Bristol Youth Wind Ensemble (wind, brass & percussion), and provides musicians with an opportunity to hone their chamber music playing at a more advanced level.

Percussion Ensemble is a fantastic opportunity for drummers and percussionists (Year 7 upwards) to participate in an ensemble catered specifically for the development and exploration of orchestral percussion and wider-ranging instruments in the percussion family.

Group Day Times Standard Ages Cost (2 Terms)
Bristol Youth Orchestra Sat 9.30am-12.30pm Grade 7+* 12-18 £64
Bristol Youth Chamber Orchestra
(strings only)
Sat 9.30am-12.30pm Grade 5+ 12-18 £64
Bristol Youth Wind Ensemble Sat 9.30am-12.30pm Grade 5+ 11-18 £64
Bristol Bridge Orchestra Sat 9.30am-12.30pm Grade 1+ 11-18 £64
Bristol Young Jazz Ambassadors Sat 10.30am-12.30pm No audition to join, see the event listing for more info here. 14-18 £45
Senior Percussion Ensemble Sat 10.15am-11.15am Grade 3+ 11-18 £30

*Entry by audition

Enrolment for all ensembles is currently closed while we focus on our Virtual Academy during this difficult time.

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to find out when enrolment will re-open, please email with your child’s name, instrument, grade and they ensemble they are interested in joining.

Applications are currently open to join Bristol Youth Orchestra for their 2020/21 season. For more information, please click here.

We’re changing

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon, and this means we’re changing too.

Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust, the charity that also runs the venue formerly known as Colston Hall. These two organisations will soon unite under one name: Bristol Beacon.

Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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