Breaking the Glass Ceiling symposium

The National Open Youth Orchestra, Disability, and the Music Industry

Bristol Music Trust is proud to present ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling’ symposium at Colston Hall on the 29th September 2017, followed by a special presentation from the National Open Youth Orchestra.

Invited guests from across the cultural, creative and music industries join together at Colston Hall as we challenge expectations around disability and music, as we prepare to launch the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence in September 2018.

With a keynote from Suzanne Bull, CEO (Attitude is Everything and DWP sector champion for Music), expert facilitation from Phillip Flood (Sound Connections), and an industry panel representing broadcasting, education, music venues, unions, orchestras and the cultural and creative industries, the conference will break ground on Bristol Music Trust’s commitment to eliminate existing barriers to a career in the music industry for young people with disabilities.

A special presentation of the findings of the recent feasibility study into the setting up of the National Open Youth Orchestra (the UK’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra) will precede a performance of a specially commissioned piece of music from the South West Open Youth Orchestra and the Bristol Youth Choir.

To cap off the day, we’ve programmed a showcase of talented musicians with disabilities from around the country to provide live and recorded music in our Fast Forward Free Foyer Showcase.

For more information about attending the conference please contact Siggy Patchitt via  The final closing date for registration for this event is Monday 25th September.

Suzanne Bull, CEO: Attitude is Everything & DWP Sector Champion for Music
Nerissa Taysom, Research Manager: The Music Commission (ABRSM)

Artist Panel
Charlotte White – British Paraorchestra
Lloyd Coleman – British Paraorchestra
Kris Halpin – Drake Music
James Rose – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Industry Panel
Sean Gregory – Barbican
Ellara Wakely – BBC
Phil Castang – Bristol Plays Music
Lisa Tregale – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Chris Walters – Musicians Union

Symposium schedule
10:30 – 15:30 – Breaking the Glass Ceiling – disability and the Music Industry
15:30 – 18:30 – The National Open Youth Orchestra
18:30 – 20:00 – Fast Forward Free Foyer Showcase

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