Award Winning News

Bristol Plays Music and Colston Hall are delighted to announce that our BBC Music Day broadcast in May has won the Gold Diversity award and the Silver award for Digital Innovation at the BBC Gillard Awards the annual BBC local radio awards.

Here are the judges comments:


Gold – BBC Music Day (BBC Bristol)

This would have been stand out radio in any category. A powerful story that used all the tools of the audio craft to engage with listeners. A stunning listen.


SILVER – BBC Music Day (BBC Bristol)

A brilliant idea and a really good cause: a Paraorchestra featuring the stories of musicians with disabilities for BBC Music Day. With very comprehensive use of digital platforms; this was an excellent issue on which to make use of digital innovation. It was digital from the get-go. It was also newsworthy. Good films well shot and edited – with engaging characters. This felt big – locally, regionally and nationally.

The entry also demonstrated fantastically high production values and is a gold standard entry – beaten only by an entry with the kind of massive wow factor that only comes along once in a while. We were captivated by the stories and the gorgeous films. The station was also clearly trying to reach new audiences and was one of few entries to include what the audience thought of it all.

Very well-planned and orchestrated if you’ll forgive the pun!


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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