Orchestras

Bristol Ensemble is Bristol's professional chamber orchestra and as such holds a pivotal position in South West music, presenting a varied programme of concerts and events in the region's major venues. Bristol Ensemble will be joining Kate Williams Trio and conductor William Goodchild for Interplay Series : Bill Evans and the Impressionists at Colston Hall on 9 March.

Formed in 1994 by Roger Huckle, Bristol Ensemble is a musicians' collective, bringing together the finest of the region's performers. The group regularly works with outstanding international artists and soloists, including Willard White, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Andy Shephard (Jazz Saxophone), Wayne Marshall( Piano), Leslie Garrett, Emma Johnson (Clarinet), Victor Hugo-Villena (Bandoneon), as well as exceptional young artists such as Natalia Lomeiko (Violin), Jiafeng Chen (Violin) and Adam Walker (Flute). Bristol Ensemble is particularly known for its collaborations with other art forms and its film and media work, as well as highly acclaimed contemporary music series Elektrostatic at the Colston Hall where the Ensemble works with such artists as Gabriel Prokofiev, Juice, Get the Blessing, and Charles Johnston. Bristol Ensemble is proud of its active and innovative education programme, both with Preludes in Bristol schools, and with its adult education arm All 4 music.

William Goodchild has orchestrated for and conducted the orchestra for many years, both for concerts in Bristol and Hannover, and in the studio including scores to numerous BBC documentaries and series.


The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is one of the world's leading conservatoires and drama schools, offering musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals. It was rated No.1 specialist institution in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2013 and 2014.