Young Companies in Residence

The Colston Hall Young Companies in Residence is a talent development programme for young classical musicians and young creative musicians age 8-17. The Colston Hall Young Companies in Residence programme aims to give talented young musicians a world-class music education to encourage a professional career in music. This includes masterclasses and side-by-side performances with visiting international artists such as John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists and drum and bass innovator, Goldie.

We are pleased to announce the Young Companies in Residence Bursary Awards for members of the Bristol Youth Orchestra and Bristol Youth Choir.


Bristol Centre for Young Musicians – Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Abbey House, College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS
Saturdays, 9.30am-12.30pm

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.

Entry Grade: Grade 7+*
Ages: 12-18
*Entry by audition

For further information and to apply please contact:  | 0117 204 7140


Cotham Secondary School, Cotham Lawn Road, Cotham

Juniors Fridays, 4.30pm-6pm
Intermediates Fridays, 4.30pm-6.30pm
Senior Boys Fridays, 5.15pm-7pm
Senior Girls Fridays, 6.10pm-8pm

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.

To find out more about joining the choir, please contact: | 01275 373 981

Help support Bristol’s young musicians

Colston Hall’s Young Companies in Residence provide the young musicians of Bristol with a safe and stimulating environment in which to explore and develop their skills and passions. At Bristol Plays Music, 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.

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.

Bristol Youth Orchestra:
Sponsor a Seat

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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

  • Termly newsletters with advance notice of concerts
  • Acknowledgement in programmes and on website
  • Invitation to exclusive pre-concert drinks receptions

Sponsor an Orchestral Section: £500* (£45 pcm)

  • As above, plus
  • Complimentary programmes for all BYO events
  • Invitations to pre-concert rehearsals in venue
  • 4 complimentary tickets to one BYO concert of your choice

Bristol Youth Choir:
Sponsor a Singer

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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

  • Termly newsletter with advance notice of concerts
  • Acknowledgement in programmes and on website
  • Invitation to exclusive pre-concert drinks receptions

Sponsor a Choir: £500* (£45 pcm)

  • As above, plus
  • Complimentary programmes for all BYC events
  • Invitations to pre-concert rehearsals in venue
  • 4 complimentary tickets to one BYC concert of your choice
*Please note that for Gift Aid purposes the commercial value at this level is £40. The balance of £460 will be treated as a voluntary donation eligible for Gift Aid.

How your donation will make a difference:

  • £10 can hire one student’s annual sheet music
  • £50 can fund 10 bars of music for a new joint commission
  • £100 can fund new music folders for 20 students
  • £235 will provide an annual bursary for one young chorister without the financial means
  • £380 will provide an annual bursary for one orchestra member without the financial means
  • £1000 will fund one masterclass from a leading professional musician

If you would like to know more about supporting our Young Companies in Residence contact Lucy Newton, Development Team at | 0117 204 7316

Thank you

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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, fulfill their potential and experience extraordinary music-making opportunities.

Individual Sponsors

Dr Rachael Craven | 1st Trumpet

Patrick Stonehewer and Sandy Bowcock | Percussion section

Anonymous | Percussion section

Trust & Foundation Donors

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