On January 20 2020, the Bristol Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir Bursary Programme was awarded £4,662 by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, which will go towards breaking down barriers to participation in the arts.
Bristol Plays Music provides professional music tuition and experiences for over 30,000 children in 92% of schools across the city, which includes supporting 2,500 young people from challenging circumstances through music. Our bursary programme for the ‘Young Companies in Residence’ Bristol Youth Orchestra and Bristol Youth Choirs’ provides professional tuition and performance opportunities for young musicians aged 7 -19 whose families face economic disadvantage, combating barriers to progression.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s grant provides monetary support for music, theatre and heritage programmes which includes homeless teenagers, disabled actors, writers, directors and young people from low-income families.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said – “Engagement in the arts changes lives. The positive impact of the arts on health, social mobility and wellbeing is now irrefutable. I passionately believe that everyone in this country, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, should be able to participate.
“I am thrilled my foundation is able to support projects that widen access, inspire creativity and deliver opportunities. Around the country, across the arts, many people are doing brilliant things to unlock talent and empower the next generation to succeed. We are proud to work with them.”
For further information about the grant head to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Website.
For further information about the Young Companies in Residence talent development programme see here.
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.