Featured below are a number of exciting events that have taken place in B&NES in recent months. If you have some news about a musical event that you would like to share, please add to our listing on the right hand side of this page.

6 July 2018

Royal wedding singer Elin Manahan Thomas on tackling performance anxiety

She may have performed to a worldwide audience of two billion at this year’s royal wedding, but soprano Elin Manahan Thomas considered giving up singing after suffering performance anxiety.

“I have never suffered from it before, and when it came, it was crippling,” says Manahan Thomas of her first panic attack, which followed a performance.

The attack led her to question her future as a singer. “I had a real crux moment when I thought, ‘I’m going to give up’,” she explains. Instead, with the help of meditation and meticulous planning, she has found a way forward and, in May, her rendition of Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine accompanied Meghan Markle during “that golden moment” as she walked down the aisle to join Prince Harry at the altar…. (Click on the title to read more)

25 April 2018

Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival workshops for primary schools in B&NES

Earlier this year primary schools across Bristol and South Gloucestershire took part in some really exciting workshops provided by Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival. We are currently busy raising funds so that we may open this offer to schools in B&NES next year.
We will be offering a range of educational workshops suitable for KS1 and KS2.
Please take a moment to look at our school workshop video at
We will be in touch with schools in September with details of how your school can take part.
Enjoy the summer holidays!
Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival

25 April 2018

Bryanston Course 2018

Every year Bryanston is awaited with tremendous anticipation from both the pupils and tutors, and this year was certainly no disappointment. Nearly 100 students arrived to wonderful weather on the […]

7 June 2017

Musical Minis: Year 1 Music Project

The Music Service has been running an exciting new music project in 15 Infant and primary schools over the last few weeks.   The project offers schools an opportunity to […]

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