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Sat 4 May 2024


National Open Youth Orchestra - Feel the Music

Beacon Hall

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£1.09 - £8.72 incl. booking fee

A group of young people pose together while holding their instruments

Join twenty-four brilliant young disabled and non-disabled musicians for an uplifting afternoon of music mixing acoustic, electronic and accessible instruments – including the Seaboard RISE and the Clarion which some musicians play with head movement.

Alongside bold versions of audience favourites such as ‘Nautilus’, ‘Autumn’ and musicians’ own choice of ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, the orchestra will premiere music that speaks of themes close to their hearts.

‘Elements’ is an invitation to feel the devastating impact of climate change. ‘Wittgenstein’s Chorale’ carries the orchestra’s message of inclusion, paying homage to a virtuoso disabled pianist. ‘Soaring through Sparks’ will take you on a discovery of Clarion, the first-ever digital instrument to be assessed by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).


Presented by Bristol Beacon and the National Open Youth Orchestra

Relaxed performance

Format: Reserved seating – with unreserved soft seating available.

Age: Family concert for all ages

Doors: 14:30
Start Time: 15:00
Finish Time: 16:00

All timings are approximate and subject to change

About the performance

This is a relaxed performance welcoming of disabled and neurodivergent audiences, families, and anyone else who would benefit from a less formal environment.

There is a relaxed attitude to noise and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the concert hall at any point.

There will be a Chill Out area outside the concert hall, for anyone needing quiet time before or during the performance.

A range of seating options is available for this concert. You can book standard seats and wheelchair and personal assistant/companion spaces. There will also be a relaxed seating area with bean bags, where you can choose to move on the day if this is more comfortable for you.

This concert will be BSL interpreted, with the interpreter positioned on the right side of the stage.

There is a Changing Places toilet in the venue for those that require an accessible changing place. Stewards will be able to direct you to this.

“A rare kind of joyous celebration often absent from the concert hall”

  • – Thoroughly Good Classical Music

About Beacon Hall

Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon

The venue

Beacon Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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