National Centre for Inclusive Excellence

Music is changing

The UK’s music industry has been leading the way for decades, but not when it comes to representing everyone.

Though music is a universal language, many are excluded from the conversation because of who they are.

We believe that music is everyone’s right. We believe that music should reflect the whole of society and that, in order to do this, it needs to continuously evolve. This evolution is only possible if we remove the barriers currently preventing many people from a meaningful musical life, because evolution and diversity are mutually inclusive.

Who is it for?

The NCIE supports young musicians, facilitates the careers of music education practitioners and acts as a critical friend to music education hubs, Higher Education institutions and the music industry.

To find out more about who the NCIE works with, click here.

How can I get involved?

Do you know a young person who could benefit from one of our programmes? Are you an organisation who would like to work with the NCIE? Are you a music or education professional who’d like to find out more about the NCIE?

You can get in touch with the team by emailing or by calling us on 0117 204 7140.


The NCIE has been set up by Bristol Music Trust with funding from the National Foundation for Youth Music. From September 2021, the NCIE will be based in Bristol Music Trust’s transformed concert hall in Bristol, working nationally with other major concert halls such as the Sage Gateshead and Barbican Centre, in London.

For a full list of partners, click here.

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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