Autumn 2018-  We will be joining in the Guy Fawkes celebrations at the Trinity Centre, on Sunday 4th November. More details to follow soon!

If you are interested in booking the orchestra to perform at your event, please contact Stella Quinlivan on 0117 9145479 or

Previous Gigs:

Saturday 21st July 2018- Bristol Harbour Festival, Main Stage.

Saturday 30th June 2018 – Private Wedding, Clevedon, Somerset

Sunday 24th June 2018 –Celebrating Sanctuary, Queens Square, Bristol.

Sunday 22nd April 2018 – Festival of Sound, Main Stage, Colston Hall, Bristol


September 2017 –  Colston Hall 150th Birthday Celebrations, The Lantern, Colston Hall.

Tuesday 20 June 2017. Bristol Reggae Orchestra performed at the Watershed in Bristol in the evening as part of an international conference to showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. The conference discussed the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. More details on the conference website.



Sunday 11th Dec 2016. Bristol Reggae Orchestra opened the Regional Youth Music Awards (RYMA) which was a fabulous event celebrating the talents of local youth performers.

Friday 21st Oct 2016, CD Launch in the Colston Hall Foyer, Bristol.  It was great to see so many people at this performance where Bristol Reggae Orchestra launched its new CD, ‘From the heart of St Paul’s, Bristol’. The culmination of six years’ work, the eight track CD includes pieces by orchestra members and features over 40 musicians drawn from a wide range of backgrounds playing reggae classics, original orchestral works and innovative fusions such as Persian reggae, developed with refugee musicians from the Lorraine Ayensu Refugee Arts (LARA) project. We sold lots of CD’s and a portion of the funds raised will go towards supporting refugee-related organisations.

Monday 20th June 2016. Performance for refugee week at St. Georges, Bristol, featuring our long-time friends: Iranian singer Bahman Salashour, and local reggae singers, Dallas and Sauda Kyalambuka. You can find details on this face book page and can even book tickets at the venue booking office.

Friday 24th June 2016. Performance at the Blue Sky Festival at the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham. We performed with the “Blue Sky Children’s choir” who are 100 strong and drawn from 6 local schools. More details at the festival website.

4th April 2016. Performance/Workshop with trombonist Hannabiell.Venue: Malcolm X Centre, St. Pauls, Bristol. (free to residents of St Pauls).


29 Oct – 21 Nov 2015.We enjoyed performing (twice!) as part of the current Bristol Sanctum project. This was an arts project by Theaster Gates, a USA based artist, in which a temporary performance structure was built in the remains of Temple Church, Temple Street, Bristol. There was continuous performance throughout the project from many different performers.

Sun 13th June 2015: Refugee Rights Weekend, Queens Square, Bristol.

Fri 5th June 2015: Circomedia, Bristol. .

Saturday 14th Feb 2015 at Circomedia, Bristol. ‘Circomedia gig/Im in the mood for Ska’ recording on Youtube


Sunday 30th Nov 2014 at St. George’s, Bristol. An afternoon performance where Bristol Reggae Orchestra performed the world premiere of “Edgelands” by Scottish composer Kim Moore, along with reggae standards and their own material. Performers included Bristol Reggae Orchestra, friends from Bristol Refugee Rights (Bahman Salashour and Danny Vincent), guest singer Melanie Marshall, local dancer Carol Sherman, and children from three local schools (Bannerman Road Community Academy, Cabot Primary School and St Barnabas CEVC Primary) led by local singing leader Laurie Stewart. This event was the culmination of a year’s collaboration with Kim Moore as part of Making Music’s “Adopt a Composer” project. The scheme is run in partnership with Sound and Music, in association with BBC Radio 3, and funded by PRS For Music Foundation.

Friday 8th Aug 2014 at the Trinity Arts Centre, Bristol. A wonderful evening was had by reggae/jazz fans with Bristol Reggae Orchestra supporting the fabulous Jazz Jamaica with special guest Myrna Hague and surprise guest appearance by local legend James Morton.

Friday 18th July 2014 at the Bristol Harbour Festival. A gorgeous sunny evening in Queens Square – contributions from local singers Souda and Sion, Bahman Salashour from Iran, and a welcome return for Chas Rodgers.

Saturday 5th July 2014 at the St. Paul’s Carnival, Bristol. A roasting hot day and great atmosphere made this a special occasion as always. Performances included a mixture of classics and reggae style songs from Iran and Sudan.

Friday 20th June 2014 at The Station, Silver Street, Bristol.
LARA (Lorraine Ayensu Refugee Arts fund) presented a return performance by BRO supported by a young Iranian band based in Bristol and a group of drummers from Gambia. A lovely evening with exciting drumming and dancing followed by reggae/ska favourites and new tunes from band members. Well received were performances from singers Souda and Sion, including improvised rap, and the sweet and mellow “A Better Man” from band member Rebecca Scott.
Tickets £10 in advance from Bristol Ticket shop / £12 on the door. Music starts at 8pm.

Salisbury Arts Centre  –  Sat 18th Jan 2014
A wonderful evening thanks to a warm and lively audience and a fab venue (Salisbury Journal review). We look forward to revisiting.



Cardiff  –  19th Oct in the Wales Millenium Centre – as part of Black History Month. Performance included new music created by orchestra members plus classics given a reggae twist with Bristol based vocalists Sauda Kyalambuka (Tan Teddy Caribbean folk-song group) and Chaz Rodgers (Motown and Barry White specialist, originating from South Carolina, USA).

Cardiff (Gwanwyn Festival – finale – 25th May) – a lunchtime performance  on the Glanfa stage in the Wales Millenium Centre. Some reggae favourites and classics with singer Richard Williams and a second performance of new favourites with Iranian singer Bahman Salashour accompanied by Danny Vincent. (images in the Gallery).

The Station, Bristol (20th April 2013) – in association with Bristol Refugee Rights with much appreciated funding raised for LARA (Lorraine Ayensu Refugee Arts). A varied and lively night with a wonderful audience and performances from Long Sho Tibetan singers, Bristol Reggae Orchestra featuring Gary Crosby on double-bass, and with new music written and performed in collaboration with Iranian singer Bahman Salahshour and accordion player Danny Vincent. The spontaneous post-gig session was an added bonus – thanks to all the musicians who stepped in and kept us dancing till late (images in the Gallery).

Just before Christmas, Bristol Reggae Orchestra  appeared at the Marine Theatre, right on the sea-front at Lyme Regis to a packed and appreciative audience – what a venue – what a night.

If you are interested in booking the orchestra to perform at your event, please contact Stella Quinlivan on 0117 9145479 or

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