IMPORTANT: Register now on our new booking system

We are delighted to inform you that registration is now open on our new pupil database, SpeedAdmin.

You may be wondering why we have changed software provider and why we are asking existing participants and parents to now register with us again.

We needed to change software provider simply because the previous system did not deliver the level of service we wanted for you. It caused all kinds of administrative problems for the team and parents.

The reason we are asking you to re-register is because the information in the two systems was incompatible and therefore we couldn’t migrate data from one system to another. Please be assured that all data has been removed from the old system, and we will only be using SpeedAdmin going forward.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, but the new system is much easier to use so registration should be straightforward, and it provides us with lots of updated features that will make things better for you and for us in the future.

Who needs to register

You will need to register to SpeedAdmin, our new pupil database, if:

  • you are an existing participant or parent
  • your child participated in Bristol Plays Music activity last year and would like to continue including instrumental/vocal lessons, orchestras, ensembles or choirs
  • you completed an expression of interest form for lessons to start this term
  • you are taking a break from lessons this term whilst face-to-face lessons cannot take place due to COVID restrictions. You will need to set up your new account to settle any outstanding payments from the Autumn term and your child will be held on our waiting list until face-to-face lessons can resume.

Please follow the instructions below on how to complete a registration.

Individual/Group Instrumental & Singing Lessons

Complete the following steps to make a parent/guardian registration and enrol your child/ren.

Please submit one enrolment application per child. Repeat the process for multiple children.

You will only need to make a parent/guardian registration once.

  • Please click here to access the new registration portal
  • Use the green boxes to select the individual and group lessons for your child which would normally take place in schools, via the Virtual Academy or at Music Centre West.
  • Follow the instructions and add lessons to your basket
  • If you require instrument hire, please see the notes further down this page before proceeding
  • When you’ve added all the child’s lessons to the basket, click ‘complete registration’ to proceed
  • Add student and payer information and submit
  • You’ll receive a confirmation email with details of your enrolment application. This email will also contain your new parent/guardian login details and a link to create a new password. Click this link to complete your parent/guardian registration.
  • Create a password for your account and submit. Your account registration is now complete.
  • You can now add lessons for another child, or finish.

Please note, where we are not able to deliver the lessons in person at the moment, we will arrange for them to take place online.

When registered, we will apply a credit to your new account for any lessons that were not delivered last term.

Once you have registered and enrolled your child/ren, we will add them to a lesson from the waiting list.  You will only receive a request for payment once the lesson is confirmed.

Music Centres – Orchestras/Ensembles/Choirs

For existing orchestra, ensemble and choir participants, we will send you a registration link to your child’s specific ensemble/choir/orchestra for you to register them.

You should receive a separate link to your child’s ensemble.  Please check your spam and junk folders if you do not receive this email.

We would like parents to register so we can keep in touch with you about the activities we are planning for all our ensembles and choirs. We are able to hold some online sessions at the moment, and we are looking forward to rehearsals starting back again as soon as possible.

Instrument Hire

If you currently hire an instrument through Bristol Plays Music, or you would like to hire an instrument for the first time, please submit an application by following the steps below.

Do you need more information?

There is more guidance and information on each section of the registration, which we hope will enable you to submit your application without any problems.

If you do encounter any difficulties please let us know by contacting us on .

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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