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Support our young ensembles

Nurture glowing talent into shining musical careers

Become a sponsor of our Young Companies in Residence programme and support the musical careers of young musicians. 

The programme aims to give talented young musicians a world-class music education to encourage a professional career in music. This includes masterclasses and side-by-side performances with visiting international artists from John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists to drum and bass innovator, Goldie.

Bristol Youth Orchestra

The Bristol Youth Orchestra is the city’s flagship instrumental ensemble featuring over 70 of the most talented young musicians in Bristol.

The orchestra rehearses weekly at Bristol Cathedral Choir School and performs the great works of the orchestral repertoire, as well as ambitious new commissions, in some of the city’s finest venues including St George’s Bristol and Bristol Beacon.

“The biggest strength I gained from my time in the Bristol Youth Orchestra was learning to lead. It not only inspired and prepared me for music college life but educated me in how the professional world works.”

Tobias De Silva, Bristol Youth Orchestra Member

Bristol Youth Choir

Bristol Youth Choir is made up of three choirs with over a hundred and twenty young people from all over Bristol performing choral music of all styles.

The Junior and Intermediate, Senior Boys and Senior Girls ensembles that make up the Bristol Youth Choir give up to five concerts a year in prestigious venues across the city including Bristol Cathedral, St George’s Hall and St Mary Redcliffe. Bristol Youth Choir have also appeared on BBC Breakfast, The One Show, BBC One’s Songs of Praise and broadcast on Radio 3 and BBC Bristol as part of BBC Music Day.

“Singing with Bristol Youth Choir because of the bursary I’ve received has been wonderful – I just love singing! Music plays an important part in my life. I really want to be able to continue developing my interest in music and love of it.”

Rivie, Bristol Youth Choir member

How you can support

Bristol Youth Orchestra

Feel part this flagship ensemble by sponsoring a seat, desk or full section.

Your contribution will provide crucial support towards a young person’s musical development.

Bristol Youth Choir

Hundreds of brilliant young singers grow confidence, develop their musical skills and have life-changing experiences through Bristol Youth Choir.

Your support through sponsoring a singer or a choir can help the ensemble progress and remain accessible to everyone, regardless of their circumstances.

How your donation will make a difference

£10 can hire one student’s annual sheet music
£50 can fund 10 bars of music for a new joint commission
£100 can fund new music folders for 20 students
£235 will provide an annual bursary for one young chorister without the financial means
£380 will provide an annual bursary for one orchestra member without the financial means
£1000 will fund one masterclass from a leading professional musician

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about supporting our Young Companies in Residence, please contact:

Rosa Corbishley, Development Director


Phone: 0117 204 7176

Supporters of our young ensembles

With the generous support from these individuals, corporate supporters and trusts we’re able to nurture exceptional young talent and help them develop shining musical careers.

Individual sponsors

Patrick Stonehewer and Sandy Bowcock (Percussion section)  |  Joanna & Paul Pearson (brass section)   |  Anonymous supporter (Percussion section)  |  Vanessa Denman

Trusts and foundations

Paragon Music Trust  |  Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Other support

Bristol University Music Society

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