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  • We're hiring again!
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 25 May 2022
    We're hiring again!
    Freelance Project Co-ordinator

    Immediate start


    Experienced Project Manager required immediately for 2 days per week to help the Orchestra deliver a 6-month government-funded project to develop a Bristol Windrush Reggae Choir.

    This is your chance to contribute to the cultural development of Bristol by building on the legacy of the Windrush generation and their descendants and establishing a unique musical heritage collaboration

    Salary £26,000 pro rata


    Send short CV and covering letter by email to  leader@bristolreggaeorchestra.com  
    by 12noon 9th June latest
    interviews Monday 13th June (tbc)

    We particularly welcome applications from people from underrepresented backgrounds.
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  • Windrush Grants 2022-We're ON!
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 22 May 2022
    Windrush Grants 2022-We're ON!

    We are delighted to be recipients of a Windrush Grant from the government this year.

    Building on our 12 year history as the UK’s only Reggae Orchestra and our successful collaborations with a range of other organisations in St Paul’s, Bristol we intend to create a unique vocal ensemble/orchestral collaboration to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants to the cultural, social and economic life of Bristol and beyond.
    We know a growing number of adults and young people would like to engage with us through singing. A vocal ensemble will enable us to include a greater number of participants in performances, challenge us to create repertoire to include multiple voices and will, we hope, lead to the establishment of a Bristol Windrush Reggae Choir as an independent entity.
    Watch this space for more info about  job opportunities related to this and how to apply.


    Chair of the Windrush Community Funds and Windrush Schemes group Paulette Simpson CBE said:
     
    “I am delighted that we have been able to fund 35 excellent projects from across the country for the fourth annual National Windrush Day on June 22nd to celebrate the outstanding contributions that the Windrush Generation and their descendants have made, and continue to make, to British Society.

    “This year we are encouraging new, innovative proposals to share the Windrush story and reach out to people in diverse local communities. In doing so, we can ensure projects will impact history, education and celebration in a meaningful way.”
  • We're Hiring!
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 16 May 2022
    Interested in community music-making?
    Have experience in digital marketing?


    Bristol Reggae Orchestra looking for a
    Freelance Digital Marketing Officer
    to assist in promoting the Orchestra’s work

    Creating lively and engaging content across all digital and social media
    Co-ordinating digital elements of fundraising appeals
    Keeping website content up to date


    80 hours (10/12 days) over 1yr fixed term
    Fully flexible working pattern.
    Salary: £9.90 per hour (paid monthly pro rata)
    See full job description attached.


    How to apply

    Send an application letter and short CV by mail to chair@bristolreggaeorchestra.com.
    Deadline: 8th June 2022
     
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  • Loving Pauper
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 10 May 2022
    Check out p18 in the mag to discover our fabulous bassist explain his connection to this classic old number.
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  • Beacon Calling
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 4 Apr 2022
    The great Cleveland Watkiss and backing band at the Beacon April 9th for the Great Jamaican Songbook. Get there!
  • Programme News
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 21 Mar 2022
    This years programme of concerts is shaping up to be our busiest yet with gigs planned for Filwood in April and celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee, Windrush Day, and Jamaican Independence 60th Anniversary all in the planning.
    We're also delighted to be supporting our good friend and patron Gary Crosby once again when he brings the fabulous Jazz Jamaica to St George's in July.
    All this is in addition to our programme of schools and community workshops, private events and invitations for smaller public engagements.
    Keep an eye out for details as they emerge and don't forget, if you'd like to join us or simply support us with sponsorship or donations just click on the relevant buttons below.
  • Reaching Out to Ambition Lawrence Weston
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 3 Mar 2022
    As part of our City Council-funded Reaching Out project we had lots of fun in Lawrence Weston recently. It was great but don't just take our word for it! Thanks to BBC Bristol you can hear what we got up to and what it meant to folks. Check out the link at 2hours 26minutes in.
    We're doing more events like this all around town over the next few months. Keep your ears open!
  • And in better news---Opportunity Knocks!
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 13 Jan 2022
    And in better news---Opportunity Knocks!
    We are delighted to have partnered with reggae icons The Wailers (yes, really!) on their upcoming tour of the UK.  If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to their show @ Bristol O2 Academy on the 6th of March, find us on social media, "like" the posts and tag a friend.  Good luck! See you there!
  • Reaching Out to Bristol Recovery Orchestra
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 3 Nov 2021
    Our project to take the music to the people is shaping up. We have plans in place for a series of workshops and performances in Montpelier, Lawrence Weston, Hartcliffe, Filwood, Knowle West and St Pauls in schools and community centres. We will be working with school students of all ages, community youth groups, with young people and adults  recovering from mental health and addiction problems and finding time for some public performances.
    Our thanks go to the City Council Arts Fund for funding the project.
    Additional donations and sponsorship always welcome. Hit the button or get in touch.
  • The Generation Games
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 2 Nov 2021
    Delighted to be performing once again for the Malcolm X Elders Forum and their friends Dhek Bhal, Golden Agers and Evergreen Clubs. on Thursday 11th November at the Malcolm X Community Centre. The programme includes our newly commissioned Windrush Generation piece.
    See you there--but be quick. Tickets selling fast.
  • The Windrush Concert
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 14 Oct 2021
    Delighted and excited to be providing the live music for this prestige event. Highlights are:
    An opportunity to preview the book of the Pioneers Portraits of the Elders in Bristol  from The Real Photography Company of St Paul's.
    Two short sets from BRO including a world premiere perfromance of a new piece of muisc commissioned for the occasion
    There will be food for everyone from Glen's Kitchen St Paul's (as seen on TV!) 
    Booking via the eventbrite link here
    Numbers limited so get in quick
  • City Council Reaching Out
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 10 Mar 2021
    Huge thanks to Bristol City Council for funding our Reaching Out project which will be bringing our music and our spirit to communities around the city over the next year or so. Watch out for more news as it comes.
  • Windrush Schools Resource
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 15 Nov 2020
    Delighted to be collaborating with the St Paul's-based  Real Photography Company on their Windrush Generation Project now being rolled out to support an educational resource for schools. Check their link for some powerful images.
  • Music across the generations
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 8 Nov 2020
    Congratulations to our partner organisation Malcolm X Centre for their successful bid to develop a youth music-making ensemble. We look forward to working closely with them  next year to  achieve success and keep the music live in St Paul's for generations to come! Reggae Music-The People's Music.
  • Looking to the Future
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 8 Nov 2020
    We will be back! We're booked for  a double-header gig at St George's Bristol on Saturday 17th April 2021.
    In line with the new arrangements we will be performng a matinee set in the afternoon and an evening set. Get the date in your diary, tell your friends and stand by to get those tickets as soon as they become available! More news when we have it.hello
    st George's
  • Revised Covid safety arrangements
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 12 Sep 2020
    Hi everyone, as you know we were looking to get back together again to rehearse but then the rules changed. On the face of it we can't now plan to get together. BRO are members of making music and I received this from them the other day:

    The UK government has reduced the number of people being able to meet socially in a group to 6, from 14 September. However, there is still an open question as to whether music groups would be affected by this or not.

    Currently, the list of exemptions from this rule includes sports (indoor and outdoor) and youth activities, but not other community activities, such as music groups.

    We have been given to understand that the guidance will be updated by 14 September, so there is a small chance to influence it. 

    If you feel strongly that music groups should be exempt from the rule of 6, as exercise classes are, then you should write to your MP without delay asking that community arts/community music groups, organised by businesses and charitable organisations, in controlled settings should be exempt from the restrictions on social gatherings, in the same way that sporting and youth activities are.

    Here are some of the arguments you might wish to put forward:

    • Research has now been undertaken which shows that musical activities are no more dangerous than loud speaking in close proximity; effective mitigations are therefore now possible, in terms of ventilation, face coverings, rigorous 2m social distancing etc.
    • Musical group activity creates some of the same benefits as sporting activity does, e.g. on respiratory and immune systems, helping many people who cannot undertake other forms of exercise
    • The mental health benefits of group music activity are now proven beyond doubt and are crucial at this time when the nation is reeling from 6 months of pandemic and the prospect of renewed restrictions in the winter, combined with difficult economic prospects; restricting groups again right now would deal a further blow to the mental health of millions across the UK who participate in such activity
    • This is formal activity in strictly controlled settings, rigorously risk assessed by a committee of people or similar, or a business owner, responsible for the well-being of participants, undertaken only with risk mitigations in place and enforced

    An important note!

    It is entirely up to you if you get involved. We believe that it is important that groups are allowed the freedom to risk assess their own activity as it is so varied in terms of participants, settings etc. If you agree – even if your own group is not able or ready to meet in person! – then please do get involved: only voters can persuade their MP to take up an issue. We cannot do that on your behalf.

    We are working with Brass Bands England, Association of British Choral Directors, Singing Network UK and others on this.

    Please do share this email with anyone you think may find it of interest.

    Best of luck,

    Barbara Eifler, Chief Executive
    Making Music

    Anyone reading this is invited to write to their MP if you support the idea of music groups being subjeet to amended guidance. Thnaks to all for your support.
  • Carnival Job Opportunity
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 29 Aug 2020

    St Pauls Carnival CIC is pleased to announce it will be looking for a part-time curator for our upcoming Black History Month programme. This is a unique opportunity to create and deliver a bespoke digital programme, focussed on Black History and the community in the aftermath of the Colston Statue, and what it means for the wider city as a whole.

    We are looking for an emerging and exciting talent to bring together the diverse experiences of the city, to engage with and empower both young and old and create a programme that builds on the success of the Spirit Up! United At Home Digital Carnival. 

    This role is also funded by the United Communities & Solon Housing Community Fund. This fund has been vital for many of our partner agencies enabling them to better respond to our community during the initial stages of virus outbreak. This award helps SPC to continue our community outreach and work with artists.

    Closing date is September 4th. Interviews w/c 7th September

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  • Sponsorship opportunity
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 7 Aug 2020
    We are looking to comission an arrangement for the Orchestra of the reggae classic You Don't Love Me (No, No, No).
    We been offerred a special  deal at £500 for the arrangement for full orchestra by a professional arranger. If you or anyone you know can help with this please visit our sponsorship page.
    For an idea of what we're looking to achieve, watch Jazz Jamaica kill it!!
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  • Summer Sounds
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 1 Aug 2020
    We're really pleased to anounce that our site is now fully open to all with opportunities for you to keep up-to-date with developments in the Orchestra, buy music downloads ad donate funds to help us through this difficult period. We are looking to re-start rehearsals some time this autumn and we have some gigs planned for next year so please keep an eye on our events page and bookmark the site. And check out our first go at remote video tracking!
     
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  • Our Tribute to Junior
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 17 Apr 2020
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  • Junior Hines
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2020
    Junior Hines
    It is with great sadness and sense of profound loss that we record the death of our dear friend and founder member Adolph "Junior" Hines who battled long and hard against Covid-19 but who succumbed on 14th April. Our thoughts go to his family and many friends in music here and in Jamaica. Our thanks go to his dedicated care team in the hospital who worked so hard on his behalf. He was a co-creator of Peace which we play regularly and which will always remind us of his contribution to our music and which you can listen to on our Soundcloud link. Rest in perfect peace Junior.
  • Covid-19 update
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2020
    Hi everybody. You won't be surprised to know that we have had to stop all rehearsals and cancel all planned perfromances during the current emergency.
    Orchestra members will be working hard on individual practice and working remotely to be sure we will be able to re-start in full voice as soon as we can.
    Please give some thought and support (including financial where you can) to all workers in the creative arts sector whose careers and enterprises are on hold indefinitely. Stay strong!!
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