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Beacon Music Centre Bursary

Students whose family financial circumstances present a barrier to accessing music education can apply for a bursary to join one of our ensembles, bands, orchestras or choirs. The bursary covers the full cost of annual membership.

If your child attends more than one ensemble, the Bursary Scheme will cover the cost of a Music Centre Passport for the academic year.


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Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to students between the ages of 7-18, living and attending school in Bristol
  • Students who have demonstrated excellent progress and potential within their ensemble and through the Bristol Beacon teaching programmes
  • Strong ambassadors for Bristol Beacon’s ‘Young Companies in Residence’
  • Students whose family financial circumstances presents a barrier to accessing music education (gross annual household income of less than £25,000, or are in receipt of a means-tested benefit, for example Universal Credit)
  • Students in receipt of free school meals

For more information about bursaries, please email

Bursaries for Young Companies in Residence

Bristol Youth Orchestra

Bristol Youth Orchestra is the city’s leading youth orchestra for the most talented young musicians in Bristol (ages 12-18, entry grade 7+ upon audition). The orchestra, conducted by Tim Harrison, rehearses weekly and performs the great works of the orchestral repertoire as well as ambitious new commissions. Bristol Youth Orchestra is a member of the Association of British Orchestras and works closely with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and British Paraorchestra to give young musicians a professional orchestral experience, nurture talent and support careers in music.

Bristol Youth Choir

Bristol Youth Choir currently has 113 young members from all over Bristol and is made up of three choirs: the Junior and Intermediate Choir (aged 7-12), Senior Boys’ Choir and Senior Girls’ Choir (aged 12-19). The choirs, directed by David Ogden, Martin Le Poidevin and Elinor Cooper, sing choral music of all styles and perform in at least five concerts a year. Bristol Youth Choir has appeared in the BBC Proms, on BBC Breakfast, The One Show and BBC One’s Songs of Praise.

Bursary Award

Membership of a YCIR ensemble is by audition and for families with a financial situation that presents a barrier to accessing a music education, the Bursary Award enables students to join these flagship ensembles. The bursary covers the full cost of annual membership of the BYO or the BYC. To apply please email

Bursary Funders

We are pleased to announce the Young Companies in Residence Bursary Awards for members of the Bristol Youth Orchestra and Bristol Youth Choir. These bursaries will allow us to cover the music centre fees for successful applicants for the academic year. They have been made possible through the generosity of:

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
The Paragon Music Trust