Birth of an Orchestra

By Pamela Bell, Rob Tulloh & Aimée Cottam

Having been inspired for several years by William Goodchild's conducting and creative leadership, we decided to form a new orchestra in Bristol to give him scope to give free rein to his talents and fully explore his musical vision. We envisage that BriSO will always strive to be the orchestra that takes both players and audiences on unexpected and exciting musical journeys and experiences.

Bristol Symphony Orchestra

We are an exciting and dynamic new amateur orchestra for Bristol. Conducted by William Goodchild and led by Pamela Bell, the Orchestra plans to give three concerts each year at St George's Bristol, as well as performing at special events such as fundraising concerts and corporate functions across the City of Bristol and West of England.

19th and early 20th century symphonic music forms the basis of our repertoire. We will also perform works by living composers, including new commissions, the first of which will be the Concerto for Kora and Orchestra, written by William Goodchild, in collaboration with Senegalese musician, Mamadou Cissokho, who lives in Bristol. Commissioned by the High Sheriff, Helen Wilde, it will be performed at her concert on 18th June 2016 at St George’s Bristol. 

Bristol Symphony Orchestra is very friendly and democratic with a warm and engaging approach to music making and performance. Our ethos is to be the best we can possibly be, and to communicate the joy we have in making music together to as wide an audience as possible.

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