Summer Virtual Academy Programme goes live

Bristol Plays Music responded to the closure of schools and need for lockdown learning by creating a Virtual Academy, providing existing and new music students in Bristol with individual music lessons.

Following the success of the BPM Virtual Academy and the NCIE Virtual Academy,  both have joined forces to present the Summer Virtual Academy, taking place across two weeks from 3-14 August.

The Summer Virtual Academy provides a range of exciting and creative online musical workshops and activities for children and young people from 6-18, suitable for all levels of ability and a Family Sing for all ages.

The team of expert music practitioners will take participants on a creative journey, channelling their musical ideas and energy through composition and songwriting.

Learners can:

  • Sharpen their orchestral technique through the strings boot camp
  • Compose their own music for piano
  • Join one of the songwriting workshops
  • Have fun exploring sound effects
  • Hear from professional musicians about their unique musical journeys.

Plus, those who already take part in ‘Flow Creative’ or ‘Hope Creative’ sessions can check out the workshops that are especially for them.

Workshops range in price from ‘no cost’ to ‘low cost’. There is a maximum number of 8 participants per activity, unless advised otherwise.


Click on each link below to find out more about each session and book places.

Compose Your Own Piano Piece with Richard Barnard

Sound Effects with Tara Baggott
Orchestra/Ensemble Strings Boot Camp with Lynne McCabe and (guest) Tim Harrison
Music Journeys video series
• Flow Creative Group Sessions (for existing participants only)
• Hope Creative Group Sessions (for existing participants only)
The Great Big Ambient Jam
Song Writing Session

Phil Castang, Director of Creative Learning and Engagement at Bristol Music Trust explains:

“Our purpose is to support young people’s music education and discover the joy of music. That remains true even in these trying circumstances. We know that music is a vital part of a rounded education and also an important means of self-expression, so the Virtual Academy is a place for young people to continue with that experience and learning.”

How to book

Follow the event links above or below, click ‘book’, log in to Paritor and select the relevant event and event code from the Groups drop down menu.

To find out more click here or contact with any questions.

Virtual Summer Academy Programme

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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