About us

Musical Director

After eight successful years, we are having to say goodbye to our wonderful Musical Director, Norma Daykin who is moving on to other professional roles. We are looking to replace her with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable musician who has experience of working with large, multi-instrumental groups and can help the Orchestra continue and develop its work as a leading and respected inclusive community ensemble.

The post of Musical Director is offered on a client/contractor model and remunerated at Musician’s Union rates to cover rehearsals, performances, music arranging and facilitating composition.

Written applications in the form of a brief statement and supporting CV are invited from suitably qualified individuals to the Orchestra Chair, Arden Tomison by 5pm on Monday 5th March to ardenrt@doctors.org.uk. Applicants are welcome to approach Arden for an informal discussion prior to formal selection which will take place during March.

We are recruiting a new
Music Director!

Do you love reggae, conducting, scores, working with strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, vocals, creating and arranging music for a large and diverse group? If so, we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us by 28th February 2018 for more information, or click here.

email: md@bristolreggaeorchestra.com

Colston Hall 150th Birthday – Sept 2017

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Photos: Chris Cooper


Bristol Reggae Orchestra is one of the UK’s most unique, inspiring and uplifting community projects. Set up in early 2010, its debut sold out St George’s in Bristol, a renowned classical music venue, and turned it into a seething dance hall. Since then, performances at local festivals, in the St Paul’s community and around the southwest have confirmed the Reggae Orchestra as one to watch.

 SEE US AT THE HARBOURSIDE FESTIVAL 2018,  ON SATURDAY 21ST JULY AT 2.15PM, ON THE AMPHITHEATRE STAGE.

We are a collective of about 25 local musicians, drawing our influences from reggae, ska, jazz and classical music, and include in our ranks professional musicians, students, hobbyists and session players, as well as those who have rarely played in public before. We play a compelling repertoire drawn from bravely crafted originals, many from talented composers in St Paul’s and the wider Bristol area, as well as reggae and ska classics from the likes of Bob Marley and Lord Tanamo. Listen out for our particular blend of toe-tapping, crowd-pleasing world music with verve, commanding solos and an infectious beat.

Originally called ‘The St Paul’s Reggae Orchestra’, the group was renamed ‘The Bristol Reggae Orchestra’ mid-2010 to reflect its wider scope, although it still remains true to its roots in St Paul’s where it rehearses on a weekly basis.

“The band swoops in with the precision of a swing orchestra on holiday in Jamaica. It’s one of Bristol’s most exciting music projects.” Venue Magazine