BPM Masterclass Series

BPM Masterclass series
Bristol Cathedral Choir School, College Square, Bristol

BPM Masterclass Series is a collaboration between Bristol Plays Music and Bristol Cathedral Choir School. Using the outstanding facilities at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, BPM Masterclass series aims to provide Bristol’s young musicians with the opportunity to watch and be coached by some of the UK’s leading performers.

BPM Masterclass series 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 BPM Masterclass series offers 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.

The full programme for 2017/18 is below or see our facebook page for more info

Monday 15th January


Strings (Cello) Alice Neary (Cello) & Claire Alsop (Accompanist) Alice Nearey is a member of the Gould Piano Trio and has recently been appointed Principal Cello of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has played as soloist with many leading orchestras including the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, BBC NOW, Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, Israel Symphony and Baltimore Symphony. Alice has taught at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal College of Music, and is now based at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where she is an honorary fellow.

Claire Alsop studied music at Bristol University, during which time she was organ scholar at Bristol Cathedral. On graduating, Claire was appointed organist of Cheltenham Ladies College, where she worked until 2001. She gained the FRCO diploma in 2006, winning the Turpin prize. Claire is assistant organist at St Mary Redcliffe church, and enjoys a range of music making including teaching, ABRSM examining, accompanying and solo work, and has broadcast live on both Radio 3 and BBC1.

Monday 5th February


Strings (Violin & Viola) David Adams (Violin & Viola) David Adams is leader of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and formerly the Ulster Orchestra. He has appeared as guest leader of many of the UK’s symphony and chamber orchestras and recently enjoyed playing Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Passionate about chamber music, he has been a member of the Raphael Ensemble and Ovid Ensemble, and is currently a member of the London bridge Trio. David has taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, and now teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Monday 26th February


Brass Tim Thorpe     (Horn) & Claire Alsop (Accompanist) Tim Thorpe is Principal Horn of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and formerly 3rd Horn of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He is one of the most accomplished Horn players of his generation and alongside his work with the BBC NOW appears as a guest principal, chamber musician, and soloist with some of the country’s finest ensembles. He currently teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and can be seen on the original BBC 10 Pieces project performing the final movement of Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto.
Thursday 1st March


Strings (Violin) & Piano Savitri Grier (Violin) & Ricard Uttley (Piano) YCAT Artists Savitri Grier (Violin) and Richard Uttley (Piano) come to us after their lunchtime recital at Colston Hall.

Savitri is currently completing her Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Over the last year Savitri has 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. Throughout 2015/2016 she gave recitals and took part in festivals and masterclasses across Europe including IMS Prussia Cove, the East Neuk Festival retreat, the Holland International Music Sessions, Musique à Marsac in France, the Sage Gateshead, Newbury Spring and Roman River Festivals.

Richard is noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. He has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review), ‘amazing decisiveness’, and ‘tumultuous performance’ (The Daily Telegraph). His playing is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has featured on BBC Four and Sky Arts. Richard recently contributed to the Tido Music app, an innovative educational project with Edition Peters, filming performances and tutorials.