Projects & Partnerships

Associate Artists

Paraorchestra & Friends

The Paraorchestra and Friends are the first Associate Artist of Bristol Beacon. The partnership sees the organisations joining forces to imagine and implement innovative approaches to live music programming, in particular focusing on ensuring a diverse range of creative voices are highlighted and heard.

For more information on our partnership with The Paraorchestra and Friends, click here.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

The Orchestra at Bristol Beacon, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have been performing here for over 60 years. Providing the backbone of our International Classical Season, the orchestra have a national and international reputation for high quality performances and recordings. Through BSO Participate, the orchestra works with the Hall to engage young people across Bristol in orchestral music.

Artistic Partnerships

Bristol New Music

Bristol New Music is a partnership between Bristol Beacon, St Georges Bristol, Arnolfini, University of Bristol and Spike Island which presents a festival of contemporary and improvised music as well as related visual arts projects. With a focus on music composed in the 21st Century the festival not only provides a platform for new work but also the opportunity to develop audiences across the venues.

Artist and Educator in Residence

Jason Singh

Jason Singh is an awarding-winning sound artist, beatboxer and creative facilitator specialising in voice and music technology.  For two years from 2019 Jason will be working with the Creative Learning and Engagement team to explore heritage through music in a range of different school and community settings.


St Pauls Carnival

Bristol Beacon works in unity with St Pauls Carnival to deliver a number of projects around the annual event and beyond, including schools programmes and music workshops.

Ujima Radio

We work closely with Ujima Radio on events and promotions to engage people in our work.


Bristol Beacon is a member of The Bristol DIY Network; an independent gathering of arts organisations and arts practitioners, large and small, funded (Arts Council, Bristol City Council) and unfunded, all of whom deliver cultural programmes within the city of Bristol.

We meet regularly to advocate for the sector and to discuss and inform policy, as well as forming working groups in response to specific issues and to develop shared activity. This thinking feeds directly into the wider cultural conversations happening at a high level in the city through the Cultural Strategy Steering Group.

The group’s members work across different scales and different artforms; some specialise in participatory opportunities, others seek out an audience; some charge, some don’t; and some provide complex programmes that sit across a number of strands.

Together, we are committed to the successful future of our city, and the creativity of both Bristol and Bristolians.

Network members include Bristol Old Vic, Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre, Artspace Lifespace, Field Art Projects, Circomedia, Architecture Centre, Bristol Beacon, Bristol Culture, Room 13, The British Paraorchestra and Friends, Zion, The Trinity Centre and many others including independent artists.

If you are an independent artist, practitioner or smaller organisation unable to attend a meeting, you can share ideas, views and concerns with us via Theatre Bristol who help to administer the group, or one of the members. We are working on a bursary scheme to help those who are independent to be involved, particularly in working groups and sitting on the committee. If this is you please contact us via Sarah at Theatre Bristol ([email protected]) to discuss your requirements.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch for more information, via [email protected]

Welcome to
Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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