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Monthly rehearsals

Bristol NOYO Ensemble

Beacon Music Centre

Enrolment for Sept 2023 opens in

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A young person using a wheelchair playing an electronic instrument

The Bristol NOYO Ensemble is an inclusive group where 11-25 year-old disabled and non-disabled musicians rehearse and perform together. The ensemble is for young musicians with strong musical potential who already play an instrument, or use assistive technology independently, controlling it in a way they could apply to playing an accessible instrument such as the Clarion – though there is no need to read music or have taken graded exams to join.

Rehearsals are held monthly at Beacon Music Centre, Southmead, Bristol.

There are five regional NOYO ensembles across England and Wales, providing an inclusive and accessible rehearsal environment. Members of the Bristol NOYO Ensemble can also apply to audition and perform with the National Open Youth Orchestra.

The Bristol NOYO Ensemble is run by Bristol Beacon in partnership with Open Up Music.



Why join the Bristol NOYO Ensemble?

  • Develop your musical skills
  • Be creative with music, even if you don’t read notation. We also play by ear and through improvisation
  • Play acoustic, electronic and accessible instruments
  • Collaborate with award-winning living composers
  • Meet new people and perform
  • Potential to join the National Open Youth Orchestra

This is the first orchestra I’ve ever fitted into”

NOYO Member

How to apply

Before you apply

Open Rehearsals

In early 2024 we ran some open rehearsals for applicants to get a taste of what it’s like to be part of NOYO and to ask any questions. These open rehearsals have now taken place and no more currently scheduled.


Information pack

To prepare to apply, we recommend you take a look at the 2024 Applicant’s Information Pack. It gives lots of information about how to apply and audition. about the application and audition process. The word ‘audition’ might sound scary, but it’s just a way for the NOYO team to meet you. Auditions are friendly and relaxed.

Download the information pack


Make an application

Applications are now open for 11-25 year-old disabled and non-disabled musicians to join the Bristol NOYO Ensemble.

You don’t need to live in Bristol to apply – you just need to be able to make it for rehearsals approximately once a month.

Please read the application pack before you start your application.


The venue

Beacon Music Centre

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Music Centre is located on Stanton Road in Southmead.

Address: Beacon Music Centre, Stanton Rd, Bristol BS10 5SJ



Bicycle racks are available in the Beacon Music Centre car park to the left of the main entrance. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking:

Beacon Music Centre has an on-site car park which is free to use for visitors.

Bristol Clean Air Zone

Beacon Music Centre is outside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. View a map of the Zone and check if your vehicle will be charged.


The nearest bus stop is Pen Park Road a short distance (200m) away.

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Beacon Music Centre is an accessible space, with level access and ramps throughout.


There are accessible toilets in the centre.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are welcome.

Hearing Facility

There is no induction loop facility at this venue.


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