Update from Bristol Plays Music on our activity due to Coronavirus

Last updated: 11:00 Thursday 12 November 2020

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, and continually reviewing our position as an organisation.

We have now received confirmation of new guidance on extracurricular activities by the Department for Education.
As of Thursday 5th November, we have moved all in-person music centre activity, music lessons outside of school and Mini Singers online until restrictions are lifted, according to current information on 2 December.
This means the following activities are online until further notice and pending government updates:

  • All Bristol Youth Choir, Music Centre West and Bristol Centre for Musicians ensemble rehearsals, weeknights and weekends.
  • 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.

Some good news! Currently, if your child has an ABRSM or LCM exam booked they will go ahead as planned.

Please also note, this guidance does not affect BPM activity that takes place in school such as music lessons (instrumental/Whole Class Ensemble Tuition). All peripatetic teaching in schools will continue unless we are informed by government (DfE) or the school to stop due to COVID-19.

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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