Young musicians’ virtual workshop with Chineke!

Young musicians from across Bristol are taking part in a virtual 4 week workshop with the Chineke! Orchestra.

Musicians from Music Centre West ensembles; Starter Strings, Strings Group, Bristol Junior String Orchestra, Wind Band, Bristol Youth Jazz Orchestra, and musicians from Bristol Centre for Musicians ensemble Bristol Bridge Orchestra will learn a specially arranged piece of music by composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, while receiving tips and tricks from Chineke! musicians.

The Chineke! Foundation was created by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE in 2015 to provide outstanding career opportunities to established and up-and-coming Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’.

The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of Black and ethnically diverse musicians in British and European orchestras.

Phil Castang, Director of Creative Learning and Engagement at Bristol Beacon said;

We are honoured to be working with Chineke! Not only are they a first rate orchestra but they are a catalyst for change, demonstrating the importance and richness of diversity in classical music. This is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians in Bristol to work with some of the very best musicians in the country. We will also be working together to make sure the music curriculum in Bristol is more diverse and representative.

If you’d like to find out more about our Music Centre West ensembles and enrol, click here.

Since Covid-19 derailed much of our face to face activity we’ve worked hard to make sure that we continue to bring the joy of live music to young people across the city.

  • We have supported over 300 young people via our Virtual Academy with online music tuition
  • 228 young people have been supported online to engage with our music centres
  • We have provided free online music tuition for young people with disabilities through our Flow Creative online programme
  • Free online sessions for 32 young people in care through Hope Creative online.

Find out more about the meaningful musical experiences we’ve created for people of all ages in Bristol, in our artistic, social and economic impact report called The Difference Music Makes here.

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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