Performance at Bristol

Instrumental teaching

The department is extremely fortunate in its instrumental teachers, most of whom teach in major British conservatoires and all of whom are professional performers in their own right. Details of many of them can be found on our staff page.

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We pay for all performance students to have private instrumental lessons on their first study instrument/voice with our approved teachers.


We have a close relationship with several ensembles-in-residence:

Each week performers attend workshops and masterclasses given by members of these and other ensembles.

Our active student community

For details of our orchestras, ensembles and choirs, see our 'University Music Making' page. There are numerous student-run ensembles in addition to those listed, including several jazz groups, a Baroque group, a chamber choir and a chamber orchestra. In the summer, the music students put on a summer music festival, with concerts in local bars, churches and in the Music Department.

Opportunities in the city of Bristol

Bristol is home to some of the best concert venues in the UK, including Colston Hall and St George's Bristol.

Many professional musicians live in and around the city and there is an abundance of choirs and orchestras, together with regular visits by top national and international orchestras and opera companies, including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Welsh National Opera, which brings most of its new productions here.

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