Update from Bristol Plays Music on our activity due to Coronavirus

Last updated: 10:00 Wednesday 24 February 2021

Following the Government announcements on Monday 22 February 2021 regarding the lifting of lockdown restrictions, we’re pleased that the steps outlined will allow us to cautiously plan for the return of music activities.

At Bristol Plays Music the health and well-being of our audiences, musicians, participants and staff is of the highest priority and we wanted to let you know what steps we are taking in regard to the ongoing Coronavirus spread.

This is a fast-changing and difficult situation for us all, and we aim to support musicians, staff, parents and our audiences as best as we can. We’d like to thank everybody for their understanding and patience so far.

We are closely following Government, NHS and Public Health England advice, continually reviewing our position as an organisation and following guidance from Department for Education.

Music Centre Activity

The Government four-stage plan to ease lockdown restrictions begins on Monday 8 March 2021. Our Music Centres will remain closed for in person activity until at least Monday 19 April 2021.

Since of Tuesday 5 January 2021, we moved some in-person music centre activity, music lessons outside of school and Mini Singers online until national lockdown restrictions are lifted.
This means the following activities will continue to take place online until further notice and pending government updates:

  • All Bristol Youth Choir sessions
  • Bristol Centre for Musicians masterclasses
  • Weeknight Music Lessons at Music Centre West, Southmead
  • Mini Singers weeknight sessions at Southmead

Music centre instrumental music lessons have moved online through the Virtual Academy.

Activity in Schools

School in England will return to in-person teaching on Monday 8 March 2021 following the start of the Government four-stage plan to ease lockdown restrictions.

In-person classroom music lessons will resume from Monday 8 March and we have begun working with schools to safely deliver this activity.

We have also begun working with schools and music tutors to plan for the return of in person peripatetic music lessons. Very soon we will be contacting parents and carers of children who receive peripatetic music lessons to discuss returning to in-person lessons and update them on when this can resume.

Where activity cannot take place in person, the following will continue to take place online:

  • Individual instrumental music lessons
  • Group instrumental music lessons

Home Learning Resources

As we find ourselves in another lockdown and families across the city are working and learning from home, we’ve compiled our top picks of resources to help when you get stuck for activities to do.

Try out our home learning resources here. 

This page will be updated with information and FAQs as we receive it, and please keep an eye on the Bristol Plays Music social media channels for further updates.

If you have any further queries please contact

Thank you for your ongoing support during this time.

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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