New conductor for Bristol Youth Orchestra

We’re excited to let you know that Tim Harrison has joined the Bristol Centre for Musicians as the newly appointed conductor of Bristol Youth Orchestra – a 70 strong orchestra of talented musicians aged under 18 and run by Bristol Plays Music.

Born in Neath, Wales, Tim first came to Bristol to study music at university, specialising in composition and orchestration. He then achieved his MMus in performance, on viola, at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and following this, continued as a post-graduate trainee conductor.

Tim returned to Bristol in 2012, performing as a freelance violinist alongside working as a secondary classroom music teacher. He works closely with trainee teachers, in particular as a tutor to PGCE music students at the University of Bristol. In recent years as a conductor, he has made many appearances in the South West: Musical Director of Clevedon Chamber Orchestra, Hereford String Orchestra and North Somerset Youth Orchestra. In addition to his work with Bristol Plays Music, Tim currently conducts Wessex Concert Orchestra and Bristol Chamber Orchestra.

Tim says:

I’m passionate about working with youth orchestras as it combines my passion for symphonic repertoire, working with young people and performing as a conductor. I had an extremely positive experience at West Glamorgan Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales as a student, and I believe that taking part in a youth orchestra is a very important institution for all, which has led me to campaign and lobby for fairer funding for youth music. I am looking forward to the privilege of working with the students and tutors of Bristol Youth Orchestra.

Rehearsing weekly and performing the great works of the orchestral repertoire, 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.

Laura Mitchell Access and Music Center Manager said:

We’re delighted to have Tim on board the Bristol Plays Music team. His wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with his passion and enthusiasm for working with young people, will no doubt create a positive and productive environment for all Bristol Youth Orchestra participants. We’re looking forward to the year ahead and cannot wait to see Tim and the orchestra in action at their Winter concert!

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.

Find out more about Bristol Youth Orchestra here