Fast Forward Music Festival

Bristol Music Trust is proud to present a revolutionary series of shows that puts accessible music making on centre stage.


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Fast Forward Music Festival

The Fast Forward Music Festival will feature a flagship performance by the British Paraorchestra, the world’s first professional ensemble of disabled musicians led by internationally renowned conductor Charles Hazlewood, alongside the Inner Vision Orchestra, the UK’s only blind ensemble which was “established to give its members the opportunity to be respected as musicians” (The Guardian).

Watch Lloyd Coleman’s introduction to the Sound of Disability and his commission from Disability Arts Online:

The festival will also feature a mixture of seminars, workshops, open rehearsals and more celebrating disabled arts and artists, including work by Drake Music, OpenUp Orchestras, a sonic art piece and the National Inclusive Excellence Conference.

If you need to book an accessible ticket and a free carer please call the box office on 0844 887 1500, this is so we can offer the best possible service to you and try to accommodate any additional needs/requirements you may have.

The Inclusive Excellence Conference

As part of Fast Forward Festival, Colston Hall is hosting The Inclusive Excellence Conference. The Inclusive Excellence Conference  has been devised to take an honest and much-needed account of the inequity of the music industry and address the many barriers that exist, particularly for young people with disabilities who want to participate in and listen to the best music available.

For more information, click on the event link below.

Disabled musicians with extraordinary abilities

Classic FM

Whilst the idea to form Paraorchestra was his, Hazlewood’s ensemble is very much a collective, very much ‘about us and with us

Disability Now

A pioneering orchestra made up entirely of disabled musicians at the top of their game

Channel 4

Your arrangement was beautiful and the orchestra performed it with pathos and artistry

Phil Harvey, Coldplay manager

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Presented by and with support from

  • The organisation that runs Colston Hall and Bristol Plays Music.

  • Transforming and enriching arts and culture.

  • Breaking down disabling barriers to music.

  • National Foundation for Youth Music

Welcome to
Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. 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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