Bristol’s only professional orchestra, Bristol Ensemble plays an important role in culture and music education in Bristol and the West of England, working with outstanding artists to present a vibrant and varied annual programme of concerts and events in the region’s major venues. Committed to all types of music, Bristol Ensemble has commissioned over 50 new works by British composers. It is also known for film and media collaborations and has provided the music for award winning productions including the BBC series Life in Cold Blood, Channel 4 drama Any Human Heart, and the 2021 Aardman Animation film Robin Robin.
Embedded in the Bristol music community, in 2009 Bristol Ensemble founded Preludes, an education project that now reaches more than 2,000 children a year. More than 80% of Preludes children live in areas experiencing economic and social challenges. Many are growing up in poverty and a high proportion have additional needs. Preludes children benefit from activities including choirs, instrument lessons, orchestras and holiday clubs. They perform in concerts in city centre venues and in their communities. As well as progressing musically they gain confidence and develop key skills, including teamwork and communication.