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Launched in May 2011 the Bristol Music Trust is an exciting independent charity with two distinct aims.

The first is to manage the operations of Colston Hall, Bristol’s largest concert venue, where people have been enjoying music since 1867; developing a diverse musical programme, leading a major capital refurbishment programme and securing its commercial success. The Hall presents a wonderful opportunity to build a diverse Music & Arts Centre; comprising a traditional concert hall, a smaller intimate hall and an inspiring newly built foyer.

The second aim is to drive forward music across Bristol; working in partnership with city wide organisations; leading on musical education with the creation of Bristol Plays Music, commissioning new works, supporting local musicians, and promoting music across all communities to build on the vibrant talent already in the city. Much more, we want the Bristol music scene to stand out with its own unique culture and internationally renowned reputation.

Bristol Music Trust’s vision is to put music at the heart of Bristol life, and to lead a strategic, holistic, citywide approach to promoting music so that it flourishes through performance, composition, participation and education.

Work experience/student placements/Internships– we do not currently have the capacity for a work experience/student placement programme, whilst this may change in the future, we are not currently taking enquiries around work experience or student placements, there are currently no internship opportunities available and unfortunately we don’t have the capacity to respond to enquiries around work experience and internships.

Speculative job enquiries – we are unable to accept CV’s (unless requested) or speculative enquiries for roles, all available opportunities are listed here on our jobs page, we regret that we are also unable to keep enquiries on file or respond to general enquiries around job opportunities, but you can follow us on Facebook and twitter where job vacancies are posted.

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Bristol Music Trust is committed to being an Equal Opportunities employer, we recognise, respect and value individual difference and wish to attract applicants from all sections of society. The Trust has bronze status from the Charter of Best Practice for Accessibility and we continue to hold an Excellence Award from the Institute of Customer Service.


Bristol Plays Music, Freelance Senior Music Practitioner

£29.29 per hour

We have an opportunity to join Bristol Plays Music (BPM) the Arts Council England’s Music Education Hub for Bristol, managed by Bristol Music Trust.  You will join an existing pool of freelance music practitioners and play a part in developing Bristol Plays Music ambitious education aspirations and enjoy being part of a vibrant arts organisation.

Bristol Plays Music runs a busy and ambitious programme of activities at music centres across the city, partnerships with Guildhall School and the LSO are providing exciting new opportunities for all young musicians to reach the highest level and we are looking for a passionate and committed Senior Music Practitioner to particularly help develop and lead our Bristol Junior Strings Orchestra at our Music Centre West based in Southmead, Bristol. This runs on Saturday mornings, but work could be offered across Bristol Plays Music.

The role requires a high level string specialist with particular experience of enabling young musicians to achieve their potential and a high level of expertise in leading, conducting, composing and/or arranging and inspiring youth orchestras and ensembles.   You will have experience of teaching and playing string instruments to a high standard, excellent communication skills, including experience of liaising with a wide range of people, and practical experience of management strategies in teaching.

We are an inclusive practice organisation and welcome applications from musicians experienced in working with children in challenging circumstances, including children in care and children with SEND.

All BPM Freelance Music Practitioners receive comprehensive and high quality CPD throughout the year including training, networking and mentoring and we welcome applications from our existing pool of music practitioners.

For further details and to apply please complete the BPM Freelance Application form and our equal opportunities monitoring form  and email to  Deadline for applications is: 9.00am on Wednesday 3 May 2017 (closing date has been extended).

BPM Freelance Senior Music Practitioner Project Brief Music Centre West 240317

BPM Freelance Senior Music Practitioner – Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form Recruitment June 16

BPM Freelance Senior Music Practitioner – Application Procedure