Learn about Monteverdi at this unique workshop

Monteverdi is one of the most important composers in the history of Western classical music and we are proud to be embarking on a close relationship with maestro Sir John Eliot Gardiner, his English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir to present a landmark semi-staged series of Monteverdi’s three surviving operas – Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, I’Incoronazione di Poppea and L’Orfeo.

For three nights in April and May 2017 Bristol will be at the heart of the classical music world, as the premiere of these operas take place at Colston Hall.

On Saturday 27th May we are delighted to host a FREE education workshop on L’Orfeo opera run in partnership with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, at Colston Hall.  This is a unique opportunity to see and hear the music of Monteverdi being played up close by the world’s experts in his music, and to have unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes information and rehearsals that the general public don’t get to see. Exploring how the original instruments work, how Monteverdi’s music influenced the direction of modern music and how it is relevant today.

Aimed at students from KS2 and upwards for further information and to book a place please contact

The timetables for the final workshop is below:

Saturday 27th May L’Orfeo Workshop

3pm Arrival and Registration at the Terrace Bar at Colston Hall
3.30pm Introduction ot the Monteverdi ensembles
4pm Presentation by Monteverdi Ensemble Musicians – including a variety of authentic renaissance instruments
4.45pm Break/Light Refreshments served (we suggest participants bring a sandwich meal or similar to eat at this point)
5.10pm L’Orfeo plot summary
5.30pm Participants take seats in Colston Hall main auditorium
5.45pm Welcome: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
6-9pm L’Orfeo Dress Rehearsal (in Italian, with surtitles)*

*There is no interval, though students will be permitted to leave silently at 7.30pm should they wish, to minimise disruption

For further information and to book a place please contact

There are still £1 tickets for Under 18s available and £8.50 tickets for Under 25s for the main performances at Colston Hall.  Secure your tickets below.

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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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