Fantastic chance for talented young Bristol musicians to learn from the world's best

August 26 2016

Young Bristol musicians will benefit from a new partnership with a global leader of creative and professional practice - Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

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Young Bristol musicians will benefit from a new partnership with a global leader of creative and professional practice - Guildhall School of Music & Drama. 

The Bristol Centre for Young Musicians opens this month and will work in partnership with the city’s music education hub, Bristol Plays Music. The Bristol Centre will be one of five branches of Centre for Young Musicians based outside of London, and is part of an ongoing national expansion of the Guildhall School’s provision for musicians under the age of 18.

The Centre, based at both Bristol Cathedral Choir School and Henbury School, offers young musicians aged between 11-17 a broad programme of activities. The staff will include music teachers from the Guildhall School. Pupils will also benefit from visiting music teachers from other conservatoires, including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and players from some of the UK’s leading orchestras.

Phil Castang, Head of Bristol Plays Music, the city’s music education hub based at Colston Hall, said: “BCYM offers Bristol’s young musicians an incredible opportunity to learn from some of the best established and emerging music teachers in the country. Bristol Cathedral Choir School and Henbury School have excellent facilities and we are very proud to be working in partnership with the famous Guildhall School and its Centre for Young Musicians on this project.

“One of our aims is to support talented young musicians to perform in front of large audiences. The Colston Hall’s transformation will enable young musicians, like those from the Bristol Centre, to both learn and perform in world class facilities in the future.”

Stephen Dagg, Director, CYM National Strategy, said: “I am delighted that the Young Artists’ division of the Guildhall School, in partnership with Bristol Plays Music, is launching this new branch of CYM. It is a great pleasure to be working closely with Bristol Plays Music and Bristol Cathedral Choir School to develop strong links between the Guildhall School’s many and diverse ensembles, local schools and existing Saturday provision.”

Colston Hall’s £45 million transformation plans will enable Bristol Plays Music to expand its current music education offering in the future, reaching more young people and introducing further programmes. The Hall’s redevelopment includes a new world-class learning centre that will engage school children and adults from all backgrounds and all levels of ability.