Listen and Play Day for Strings – CANCELLED


from 9.30am until 11.30


Music Centre West
Stanton Road
BS10 5SJ

This event has unfortunately been cancelled due to ongoing impact of coronavirus outbreak.

Do you have violin, viola, cello or double bass lessons either at school or privately? Would you like to find out what it’s like to play with others of a similar level? Two of our junior string ensembles will be giving a warm welcome to anyone who is interested in finding out more about them.

Come along to our Listen and Play Day on Saturday 28th March  from 9.30am at our Music Centre West in Southmead.

It’s an ideal opportunity for children aged 7 – 11 who want to know what it would be like to join one of our groups to sit in or join in with our rehearsals.

Find out a bit more info about the groups below:

Starter Strings is for children who have been playing for as little as a term, and if they have learnt to use their 1st and 2nd fingers.  The music is designed so that there is always an open string with the first finger part but the more experienced children can be playing parts that are approaching grade 1 level.  There is no audition and we have tutors on hand to help and encourage the less confident players.

String Group follows on from Starter Strings and is suitable for children who have started using a ‘low 2nd finger’ on the violin/viola or 2nd finger on the cello.  This is approximately grade 1 level and we have parts that will stretch the players up to grade 2.  Again there are no auditions and we have encouraging and supportive tutors.

Timetable of the morning is as follows:

09:30 – 10:15 Starter Strings
10:15 – 10:45 Break and refreshments
10:45 – 11.30 String Group

If you have any questions feel free to contact us on 0117 204 7140 or email


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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