Recommendations for your week: 28/05/20

We’re firm believers that music has the power to connect us with one another and spread joy, and in our current global situation we know that’s more important than ever. So we’ve pulled together a selection of musical recommendations for your week. Stay safe

Re-watch Bristol Takeover Online

On Saturday 23 May a collection of Bristol’s music artists and venues, plus some specially invited guests, teamed up for an online festival to support the live music scene in the city.

We raised a whopping £10,000 to support Bristol artists and venues facing the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak. For 1 week only you can re-watch the stream and donate via our Crowdfunder page.


Bristol Old Vic present Messiah

Our friend at Bristol Old Vic present a live broadcast of their powerfully dramatised version of Handel’s Messiah. This ‘astonishingly beautiful’ dramatised concert (The Stage), captured and edited by CinemaLive, is directed by Tom Morris (War Horse, Touching the Void) and performed by one of Europe’s most celebrated Baroque orchestras, The English Concert, under their Artistic Director Harry Bicket.


Bristol Arts Channel

Our Bristol Takeover and Bristol Old Vic’s Messiah serve as pre-cursor to the launch of the Bristol Arts Channel – a lockdown lifeline for audiences missing the buzz and community of Bristol’s brilliant arts scene.

The pilot programme will be unveiled very soon, bringing together venues and artists from across the city to create moments of online togetherness in June. Founding partners include Watershed, Bristol Old Vic, Colston Hall, St Pauls Carnival, Trinity, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol, MAYK, Arnolfini, Paraorchestra & Friends and Bristol Museums.


The Self-Isolation Choir: Messiah at Home

Make it a Messiah-full weekend this weekend, as the Self-Isolation Choir presents their Messiah at Home concert. This has been recorded from people’s individual homes from all over the world. With their own Baroque Orchestra, voices from 3,600 choral members and 4 soloists, all of whom have recorded from self-isolation and none of whom have met during this process.

The Choir is led by Bristol Music Trust associate Ben England and we wish them all the very best for the performance.


Exchange Online

Our friends at Exchange, one of the fantastic grassroots venues in Bristol who partnered with us on the Bristol Takeover, have announced an online programme of music events. Coming up this weekend are sets from the wonderfully named Chewing on Tinfoil, and on Sunday Jon Snodgrass.


City of Hope

Something uplifting to end your week on, watch the fantastic City of Hope, the new film in the #WeAreBristol series, which marks the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as the city begins its journey to recovery.

Written and narrated by Bristol’s City Poet Vanessa Kisuule


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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