Bristol Centre for Young Musicians

Bristol Centre for Young Musicians
Bristol Cathedral Choir School, College Square, Bristol

Bristol Centre for Young Musicians is a collaboration between Bristol Plays Music, Bristol Cathedral Choir School, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Using the outstanding facilities at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, BCYM aims to provide Bristol’s young musicians with the opportunity to watch and be coached by some of the UK’s leading performers.

BCYM opened its doors last year in November, with renowned flautist and teacher Sarah Newbold (performer with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and teacher at the GSMD and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama) performing a short recital, before taking a woodwind masterclass. We then finished the year in July, by welcoming Rosie Biss (Principal Cello of the Welsh National Opera, and teacher at the RWCMD) to host the last of our string events.

This year BCYM introduces an even greater variety of performers, including emerging soloists (from the Young Classical Artists Trust, YCAT), professional orchestral musicians (belonging to orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), and graduating students from some of the finest Conservatoires in the country.

Each event runs from 5.30-8pm in the Cresswell Theatre at BCCS. Entry is: £10 to perform in the masterclass, £3 to watch. Concessions can be given to students wishing to play in more than one event. Please contact for further details, or to book.

Thursday 2nd March: Violin & Piano Event

Savitri Grier (Violin) & Richard Uttley (Piano) come to BCYM after their lunchtime concert at Colston Hall, to perform a short informal recital before leading a violin & piano masterclass.

Savitri Grier read music at Christ Church, Oxford, graduating with 1st Class Honours, and is currently completing her Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama studying with David Takeno. During 2016 Savitri made her debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and appeared as soloist with the Bournemouth Symphony, English Chamber, Welsh National Opera, and Birmingham Sinfonia Orchestras. A committed chamber musician, Savitri has collaborated with Susan Tomes, Christoph Richter, Steven Isserlis and Alasdair Beatson, and regularly gives recitals with the Grier Trio (including her sister Indira and father Francis).

Richard Uttley’s playing is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has featured on BBC Four and Sky Arts. He has released three solo discs to critical acclaim. Ghosts & Mirrors (ARC, 2014), was the first recording to be made at Milton Court Concert Hall. A passionate advocate of new music, Richard won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006 and has made several recordings for NMC. Richard is on the teaching staff at Guildhall School and City University, and is a trustee of New Dots, a charity supporting emerging composers and performers.

Monday 8th May: Brass Event

Tim Thorpe (Principal Horn, BBC National Orchestra of Wales) will perform a short informal recital with accompanist Claire Alsop, before leading a masterclass in Brass.
Tim Thorpe is one of the most accomplished Horn players of his generation. Upon leaving the Purcell School in 2002 he won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied for two years. In 2004 Tim joined the Philharmonia Orchestra as third Horn and just over a year later was appointed Principal Horn of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

In 2004 Tim won the Royal Overseas League award for Wind and Percussion, and the Philip Jones Memorial Prize for an outstanding brass player. He has played with all of the major London orchestras and enjoys chamber music; performing with ensembles including The Nash Ensemble and London Sinfonietta. You may also recognise Tim as soloist from the original BBC 10 Pieces.

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th May: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Details TBC