Sounds Inspiring celebrates everything about young people’s music-making: their energy, talent, and imagination, as well as the unique power of music written for young musicians.
Bristol Plays Music and St George’s Bristol have been collaborating to co-create Sounds Inspiring since 2015. Originally a summer festival of events, BPM and St George’s now programme events across the year, and highlights this year include performances at St. George’s with BPM Schools’ Christmas Concerts, Bristol Youth Choir summer concert, and a celebration of 2020’s Make Music Day with a concert from BPM’s Music Centre West ensembles, as well as masterclasses, workshops and early years and family events from the Minibeats programme.
Over the years, thousands of young people have taken part in events across the city. The inaugural 2 week festival in 2015 had an environmental theme, to coincide with Green Capital Week. 2016 saw a celebration of everything Shaun the Sheep for BBC Music Day, as well as a huge vegetable orchestra and a teachers choir at Parson Street Primary school, open to teachers across the city.
In 2018 Sounds Inspiring extended to a month long series of events, culminating in Sing, Sing, Sing, a massed schools singing event where over 600 young people sang farewell to Colston Hall ahead of its Transformation. That same year we brought the sounds of the savannah to St George’s with the University of the West of England presenting the Project Zulu choir, comprising of children from two primary schools in the Madadeni Township, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.
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.