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National Open Youth Orchestra

Relaxed performance

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A group of young musicians holding orchestral instruments

Over twenty young disabled and non-disabled musicians, members of the pioneering National Open Youth Orchestra, take to the stage to play a captivating programme of contemporary classical music, merging the familiar with the unknown.

National Open Youth Orchestra commissions have been written for a wide range of instruments. Alongside traditional instruments, audiences will discover the sounds of the LinnStrument, Seaboard RISE and the Clarion, which can be played with almost any movement of the body. Many of the pieces are ‘modular’ – adaptable for any number of musicians on a wide variety of instruments, evolving through different versions for each ensemble.

The afternoon’s music will be a joyful celebration of diversity as a creative force that can push the boundaries of classical and contemporary music in exciting new directions.

Bristol Beacon is the regional training centre for NOYO

Seated event

All ages


Alexander Campkin What Fear We Then?
Liam Taylor-West Day One
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Variations on an African Air (new arr.)
Harold Arlen / Traditional Sleeping Rainbows (mash-up)
Yann Tiersen Comptine d’un autre été, l’après-midi (new arr.)
Antonio Vivaldi Spring (decomposed) (new arr.)
Hans Zimmer Time (new arr.)
Oliver Cross Barriers

How To Book

This is a Relaxed Performance and the venue has been adapted to maximise access and to suit people who might benefit from a more relaxed environment.

Central Stalls – Reserved Seating Area

The Blue Seats with the ‘I’ on them are intended primarily for wheelchair users to book. They are generally in groups of 3 or 4 and the others in that group are intended for other members of the party.

Side Stalls – Relaxed Seating Areas – Unreserved

Feel free to bring yoga mats, beanbags, cushions or blankets to sit on. Chairs are not provided in this area. When booking your tickets, please remember to let us know if you have any access requirements you would like us to be aware of.

Galleries – Reserved Seating Area

There is no lift to the galleries from the stalls. Access is via stairs with bannisters either side.

The venue

St George’s Bristol

Covid-19 Safety Measures at St George’s Bristol

Please follow these safety measures when you visit St George’s Bristol. If you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate you should not attend this event.

Strong encouraged:

Wear a face covering

Take a lateral flow tests before attending

Do not attend if you have Covid symptoms

Getting There

Address: Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR

St George’s Bristo is located near Bristol city centre just off Park Street, 5-minutes walk from the south end of Brandon Hill and opposite The Georgian House Museum.

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