The Colston Hall Young Companies in Residence is a talent development programme for young classical musicians age 8-17. The programme aims to give talented young musicians a world-class music education and provide them with a safe and stimulating environment in which to explore and develop their skills and passions. At Bristol Music Trust, we have a responsibility to enable Bristol Youth Choir and Bristol Youth Orchestra to fulfil their potential, engender a lifelong love of music and widen career aspirations.
The Bristol Youth Orchestra is the city’s flagship instrumental ensemble featuring over 70 of the most talented young musicians in Bristol. The orchestra rehearses weekly and performs the great works of the orchestral repertoire as well as ambitious new commissions at Colston Hall. Bristol Youth Orchestra is a member of the Association of British Orchestras and strives to give young musicians a professional orchestral experience and support careers in music.
The Bristol Youth Choir is the city’s flagship choir. Repertoire ranges from classical works to spirituals, folk songs, and lighthearted arrangements of popular songs. The choir performs a year round concert programme at Colston Hall and venues across Bristol. Recent concerts include: BBC Music Day live on BBC Radio 3, the One Show, BBC Songs of Praise and the Summer Gala charity concert conducted by John Rutter.
We are delighted to launch two individual giving schemes that will directly support the next stage in developing our Young Companies in Residence. Each giving scheme brings supporters closer to the passion and excitement of our events and offers a unique view of Bristol’s talented and aspiring young musicians. Any level of contribution has a significant impact.
Feel part of Bristol Youth Orchestra by sponsoring a seat, desk or full section. Your contribution will provide crucial support towards a young person’s musical development.
Perhaps you have a favourite orchestral instrument? Does your son, daughter or grandchild play in BYO? Sponsor your favourite seat (e.g. 1st Clarinet) from £100 or preferred orchestral section (e.g. the brass) from £500 for a bespoke and rewarding experience.
Sponsor a Seat: £100
Sponsor an Orchestral Section: £500* (£45 pcm)
Support the big Bristol Youth Choir family fund exciting and ambitious developments such as new commissions and bursaries. These projects are crucial in helping the ensemble progress and remain accessible to all.
Sponsor a BYC singer with one £100 donation or an entire choir from £500. Choose your favourite from our Junior Choir, Senior Boys Choir or Senior Girls Choir.
Sponsor a Singer: £100
Sponsor a Choir: £500* (£45 pcm)
How your donation will make a difference:
If you would like to know more about supporting our Young Companies in Residence contact Lucy Newton, Development Team on 0117 204 7316 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Colston Hall’s Young Companies in Residence are proud to enjoy associations with the following individuals, corporate supporters and trusts.
The vital investment of these supporters allows the young people of Bristol to receive a world-class music education, fulfil their potential and experience extraordinary music-making opportunities.
Dr Rachael Craven | 1st Trumpet
Patrick Stonehewer and Sandy Bowcock | Percussion section
Anonymous | Percussion section
Trust and Foundation Support
Quartet Community Foundation