Seniors Summer Tour 2020

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes and are excited to be able to confirm details for a much-asked-for tour for the Bristol Youth Choir Seniors and Bristol Youth Orchestra Seniors, to the French Loire region taking place in the summer of 2020 on the 19th-23rd July.

We hope our students will be just as excited as we are to perform in international venues to a European audience and experience cultural excursions as a group.  Not only will this be a fantastic opportunity to develop the cohesion of the ensembles socially and musically, it will also be a memory-making experience for everyone involved!

We’ll also be exploring how we might help help finance the tour with fundraising activities.  If you are interested in being part of the discussions and coordinating activities then please get in touch with our Registrar Rhian on

Emails have gone to families on Monday 9th September and letters will be given to students on the 13th and 14th September at ensemble sessions.

The Bristol Youth Orchestra and Bristol Youth Choir are Colston Hall’s Young Companies in Residence, a talent development programme for young classical musicians and young creative musicians age 8-17.

The Colston Hall Young Companies in Residence programme aims to give talented young musicians a world-class music education to encourage a professional career in music. This includes masterclasses and side-by-side performances with visiting international artists such as John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists and drum and bass innovator, Goldie.

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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