BRO Development Project

The Bristol Reggae Orchestra is excited to announce a new project which is being funded by the People’s Health Trust. The aim of the project is to provide opportunities for local musicians to be involved in creating music within the reggae genre.

Over the next eighteen months (from Autumn 2014), we will be offering 12 open workshops in Easton and St Pauls. They will be open to anyone. However, we are particularly keen to connect with people from diverse backgrounds living in our targeted postcodes.

There will be additional opportunities for musicians from these areas to work with the orchestra to create new work. They will be supported to ensure professional recognition for their work.

There will also be workshops for orchestra members to develop their performance skills.

We will put on performances in leading concert venues to showcase what people have learned and created.

Information about the workshops will be announced on the website and local media. If you are interested in coming along to a workshop please let us know.
If you are a musician based in Easton or St Pauls and are interested in working with the orchestra, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Stella.
Peoples Health Trust

Open Workshops

Workshops are open to all ages 12+ (15+ for Jazz Jamaica). *BS5 and BS2 postcodes have priority to meet funding requirements. Entry is free but places are limited so please send in a booking form to ensure your place.

Jazz Jamaica (completed)

This workshop offers the chance to join with members of Bristol Reggae Orchestra to play reggae music in a large, friendly group. Special guests Gary Crosby and Nathaniel Facey will join regular conductor Norma Daykin to help to develop the orchestra sound. We will work on one or two pieces of the orchestra’s current music to develop new, fresh approaches to playing.

Facilitators Gary Crosby OBE [Jazz Jamaica]
Nathaniel Facey [Tomorrows Warriors]
Norma Daykin (MD)
Date Sat 7th Mar 2015. 2:30-4:30pm
Venue Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Road, Easton BS5 6AW
Cost Free

40 places (ages 15+) so please book:

booking form

Reggae Singing (completed)

This inter-active singing workshop is full of interest, fun, activity and learning. It is suitable for teenagers and adults of all ages and abilities. No singing experience is necessary, so absolute beginners are most welcome, as are those with more musical knowledge. Everyone will leave having had fun, realising new musical abilities they naturally possess, and having awakened their own creativity and desire to learn.

Facilitator Kizzy Morrell
Date Mon 16th Feb 2015. 7pm-9pm
Venue St. Paul’s Learning & Family Centre
Cost Free

full programme

Drumming (completed)

Discover and explore your own natural rhythms. A unique ‘hands‐on’ experience exploring rhythms using a large array of interesting percussion instruments from many cultures: Latin, African, Reggae and other popular music styles.

Facilitator Steve Laffy
Date Sat 31st Jan 2015. 10:30-12:30
Venue St. Paul’s Learning & Family Centre
Cost Free

full programme

Reggae meets Cuba

This workshop offers the chance to join with members of Bristol Reggae Orchestra to learn about AMJ’s process of producing an album with musicians on different continents. Come and find out what Cuban reggae is, and learn to play a Cuban reggae song in a large, friendly group.

Facilitators Mark Spence and Michel Padron
Date Sun 31st May 2015. 10am-1pm
Venue Trinity Arts Centre, Easton, Bristol
Cost Free

40 places (ages 15+) so please book:

booking form
Several other workshops are in the pipeline – details to be confirmed.

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