Open School Orchestra Workshop

Open School Orchestras are the foundation of Bristol Plays Music’s ‘New Ambition for Inclusive Excellence.’ And now you can be part of one at Fast Forward Festival. Having won awards for Creative Music Technology, our partners OpenUp Music will be running workshops where you will be part of the most inclusive, cutting-edge ensemble using the latest assistive technology (which everyone can use) to make music alongside friends and family.

Whether you are a musician and want to try your hand (or your eye!) at using some of the latest inclusive instruments, or you are interested in how Bristol Plays Music are creating a whole new landscape in which absolutely everyone can make music together, taking part in an Open School Orchestra is guaranteed to open your eyes to a whole other dimension of possibility. And its also amazing fun!

OpenUp Music

Open Up Music empowers young disabled musicians to build inclusive youth orchestras. Together we develop accessible musical instruments and repertoire, challenge expectations and forge new progression routes through the creation of great music.

For more information about OpenUp Music, click here.

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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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