Auditions for the Bristol Youth Orchestra are now open!

If you are aged 12-18 and grade 7+ on your chosen instrument NOW is your chance to audition to join the city’s leading youth orchestra!

The Bristol Youth Orchestra is the city’s flagship instrumental ensemble featuring over 70 of the most talented young musicians in Bristol. The orchestra rehearses weekly and performs the great works of the orchestral repertoire as well as ambitious new commissions. A member of the Association of British Orchestras the Bristol Youth Orchestra strives to give talented young musicians a a world-class music education and experience to encourage a professional career in music.

They also hold the prestigious position of being one of the Colston Hall Young Companies in Residence, a talent development programme for young classical and creative musicians.

What you can expect at the audition

  • You will need to prepare a short piece of unaccompanied music which you feel reflects your current playing standard.
  • It’s a 10 minute audition in which you play your prepared piece you will also be given a short extract of sight reading and may be asked to play one or two scales.

We’re looking to recruit members across the whole orchestra but we are specifically looking for double bass, bassoon and brass players!

Closing date for applications is Friday 24 May at 5pm with auditions taking place on Saturday 29 June (am) and Wednesday 3 July (pm/eve).

Find out more about the Bristol Youth Orchestra 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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