Preludes, the education arm of the Bristol Ensemble, works in areas of Bristol that are experiencing high levels of economic disadvantage and aims to put music at the heart of every child’s education. By doing so we improve confidence, co-ordination, speech and language and benefit all other areas of their learning.
It has been running successfully since 2009 in several areas of Bristol and now extending into Keynsham and Bath. It is one of the most extensive projects of its type in the country and grew from discussions between Roger Huckle of the Bristol Ensemble, Professor Leslie Bunt of the University of the West of England and James Wetz, a former Head Teacher.
Preludes requires significant funding to run and to ensure we can continue to make it available and to develop it further. We have been successful in gaining support from a number of Trusts and Foundations as part of our ongoing fundraising campaign, which also includes fundraising events and personal donations from individuals.