Curriculum Thanks

Primary Curriculum Thanks

Bristol Plays Music would like to thank Kirsten Cunningham for leading on the creation of this curriculum and the many schools and teachers involved. Their inspiration, energy and ideas have proved invaluable.

Anna-Louise Moorman, Christ Church CE Primary School
Christopher Morgan, Fair Furlong Primary School
Kathryn Sadler, Air Balloon Hill Primary School
Laurel Steel, Horfield CEVC Primary School
Ciara Whitehead, Bristol Grammar School
Jill White Elmlea Infants
Jo Lowe Illminster Avenue E-ACT Academy

Composers who have kindly allowed us to use their work

David Ogden
David Poore
John Searle
Gillian Sheard
John Pitts
Three Cane Whale


Graham Fowlie for recording the songs
Meg Green Creative Design
Ben England for recording and editing audio and video files

A very special thank you is extended to the following people, without whom the task of creating the curriculum would have been significantly more difficult:

Jenny Taylor and Laurel Steel for respectively welcoming us into their school, and leading such an inspirational lesson for the film. Claire Alsop, Arranger and Accompianist and the children from Horfield CEVC Primary school choir for recording the songs. Kirsten Cunningham (Horfield CEVC Primary School/Bristol Plays Music) and Gillian Sheard (Bristol Plays Music) for collating and editing the curriculum.

Secondary Curriculum Thanks

Special thanks to Rachael Peacock and Aardman Animations for their support

Authors and Contributors

Richard Speller, Redland Green School
Eiron Bailey, Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Liz Gleed, Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Ben Jose, formerly of Cotham School
Thomas Hamill, formerly of Merchants Academy
Jon Hall, Merchants Academy


Rosie Carmichael


Julian Leeks

John Pitts

Eric Wetherell

Derek Bourgeois
We at Bristol Plays Music and Bristol Music Trust were hugely saddened to hear of Dr Bourgeois’ passing on 6 September 2017.  We are very grateful to him for his support of our work in developing the musical education of the children of Bristol, and will continue to showcase his music through our curriculum to honour his memory.

Thanks to

Gillian Sheard for her editing and advice and to Cathy Hargreaves for her patience and creativity!

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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