National Centre for Inclusive Excellence

One of the ambitions for our transformation programme is to establish Bristol Beacon as the UK’s first National Centre for Inclusive Excellence for young musicians with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Bristol has a strong track record of championing the talent of disabled people in music and the performance arts, establishing a key artistic relationship with our Associate Artists the Paraorchestra.

Bristol Plays Music, our music education hub, has brought together a range of expertise to support the development and training of disabled musicians. Our partners include the One-Handed Instrument Trust, Drake Music, OpenUp Music and the University of the West of England amongst others. Together, we are working to deliver our three year ‘New Ambition for Inclusive Excellence’ which is transforming music education for young people with SEND.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

On the 29th September 2017, a national symposium called ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling’ was hosted by Bristol Music Trust at Bristol Beacon. The event brought together representatives from the music industry and music education sectors to explore how they might work more strategically to remove barriers to careers in the music industry for young, talented musicians with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D).

Read our full report below on how we’re working with others to remove barriers faced by young musicians.

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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