|We are so honoured and excited to announce that the Bristol Reggae Orchestra and Windrush Choir will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Windrush by opening the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival this year! |
Our set will be on Sunday 25th June at 11:00am for 35 minutes, celebrating the Black British contribution to the UK by conveying Windrush stories through original and classic reggae music. We are so proud to have been invited to perform by the Eavis family at this incredible festival and we can't wait to use the platform to celebrate Black History and more!
Please follow us on social media and keep an eye on our website to follow the adventure as we prepare for this incredible show. See you there!
|For more information, see:||https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/line-up/line-up-2023/?stage|
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|Cotham Club is 'Community through Music'. Bristol's diverse communities find a common home here in this space. The Club is running a donations-based Cotham Club taxi-service to enable people to come. If you know anyone who might benefit from this do please spead the word. |
Tickets via the link
See you there!
|For more information, see:||https://hdfst.uk/E79310|
|The Orchestra and Choir are repeating their world premiere concert for family and friends at Malcolm X Community Centre Monday 14th November. Doors 19.30. Music from 20.00|
Some words from the Bristol Beacon gala (22 October) audience:
"Excellent, mental health boost too!"
"The rhythm section were amazing. I love a bit of Dub! The event was great fun."
"What a fantastic event - thank you! It was obvious how much the choir and orchestra - and audience were enjoying it. You should all be very proud. Pure joy!"
"The audience really want to dance to your music - scrap the chairs!"
"Would love to hear more of the choir, and orchestra - maybe join in? More performances in the community, all over Bristol. Thank you to performers, organisers and funders. A project well worth doing."
"I had a fantastic time. You brought joy to me and my friends. Thank you. Please don’t stop."
Bristol Reggae Orchestra are delighted that the sold out first public performance of the Bristol Windrush Reggae Choir takes place this week at Bristol Beacon on Saturday 22 October 2022 at 7pm.
The Black History Month gala performance marks the culmination of a 6-month project funded by the Windrush Day Grant Fund with the aim of learning from, enjoying and amplifying the voices of the Windrush generation and their descendants. The Bristol Windrush Reggae Choir has the legendary Orgena (Gena) Rose as its leader.
The gala also marks the world-premiere of two new pieces of music Home composed by talented local musicians Tomasz Kazmierski (keyboard player in the Orchestra) and Magda Hrynaszkiewicz and Windrush Child by Gena Rose, the Choir Director.
“I am thrilled with setting John Agard's powerful poem, Windrush Child to music. I really wanted to honour an existing work and this one speaks to the circumstances of Windrush in a powerful way. It tells the story of the Windrush journey from a unique point of view and pays tribute to the generations that experienced it. Setting it to music is a perfect way to celebrate their legacy.” Orgena Rose, Choir Director
In the words of the singers in the choir:
“To have 40+ people from all walks of life at our first rehearsal was just a joy, music is a great way to educate and bring people together. The gala performance promises to be spectacular and we hope just the start of the journey for the choir!” Rebecca Scott, Singer and Bristol Reggae Orchestra Leader
“Wow, what an honour to be part of this historic Windrush Choir project. It is a wonderful opportunity to recognise all those affectionately now known as the Windrush generation. My parents were part of the Windrush generation and so it has increased historical value and legacy for me personally. Reggae music allows a celebration which is soulfully inspiring and fitting for the celebration of Windrush, to sing the tunes and lyrics from Bob Marley carries deep meaning. So… is it love that I’m feeling…. well yes of course it is!” Carole Johnson, Singer and Vice Chair St Pauls Carnival CIC, Former Lord Mayor Bristol City Council and councillor for Ashley Ward
“I am so excited that St Agnes Church is involved in this wonderful project and to see the building full of people from the community singing and laughing together! St Agnes is very much at the heart of St Paul's and as such has always held a special place in the community for the Bristol Windrush generation and their descendants. It is my privilege to be part of this as we celebrate together their important contribution to our community and the cultural landscape of Bristol.” Rev Melanie Otto, Singer and Priest in Charge of St Agnes and St Annes.
“Singing in the choir is like a therapy. It makes me feel happy and meet more vocalists. Even if you can’t sing, when you’re in a choir you can find your own space there. And I love reggae so much!” Barrington Chambers, Singer and Bristol Reggae Orchestra Vice-Chair
|Delighted to be supporting this prestigious event showcasing diversity in Bath this month.|
Bristol Reggae Orchestra are delighted to announce the date for the first public performance of the Bristol Windrush Reggae Choir. Free tickets are now available for the gala that will take place at Bristol Beacon on 22 October 2022 at 7pm https://bristolbeacon.org/whats-on/windrush-reggae-choir/
The gala performance will mark the culmination of a 6-month project that has been funded by the Windrush Day Grant Fund with the aim of learning from, enjoying and amplifying the voices of the Windrush generation and their descendants. The Bristol Windrush Reggae Choir has the legendary Orgena (Gena) Rose as its leader.
“To have 40+ people from all walks of life at our first rehearsal was just a joy, music is a great way to educate and bring people together. The gala performance promises to be spectacular and we hope just the start of the journey for the choir – encouraging everyone to book their tickets now so they don’t miss out!” Rebecca Scott, Bristol Reggae Orchestra Leader
There is still time to join! Choir rehearsals take place 6.30-9pm at St Agnes Church in St Pauls tonight (24th August) and on Wednesday 14th and 28th September and 12th October with a final joint orchestra rehearsal to be announced.
|For more information, see:||https://bristolbeacon-mail.org/4YPU-Q4NF-2EQMUM-N2G2W-1/c.aspx|
|Delighted to be performing in support of acta Community Theatre as part of the Malcolm X Elders BHM celebrations for this year.. Check us all out on 12th September at Malcolm X Community Centre.|
|For more information, see:||https://www.acta-bristol.com/show/old-brooms-know-the-corners-malcolm-x-centre/|
Bristol Reggae Orchestra has been awarded funding through the Windrush Day Grant Fund to create a Reggae Choir. The project aims to contribute to community cohesion by drawing together people from British Caribbean communities and other diverse backgrounds to explore, learn and create through the medium of reggae. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-61922763
This exciting new project includes funding to commission a new piece of music for orchestra and choir. The piece will be performed at a gala performance at the end of October.
|For more information, see:||docs.google.com/document/d/1zYx4evP3OQ2z6mFKHG8rlJWZSVNSzHQL/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=109024899837117064317&rtpof=true&sd=true|
Bristol Reggae Orchestra this week celebrated the 60th anniversary of Jamaican Independence with the first Windrush Reggae Choir vocal workshop.
|For more information, see:||docs.google.com/document/d/1SzSOxdDv7tryJX7KvzLP9WB95fgbpUph/edit?usp=sharingouid=109024899837117064317rtpof=truesd=true|
|The final workshop as part of our Reaching Out programme earlier this week. Thanks everyone at the school and to Bristol City Council for the opportunity to make this and all the Reaching Out projects work.|
|Come and sing with the Bristol Reggae Orchestra!|
We launched the Bristol Windrush Choir Project at a fabulous joint event with the Real Photography company in St Pauls on Windrush Day.
Free vocal workshops start in July 2022.
Register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Freelance Project Co-ordinator|
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 email@example.com by 12noon 9th June latest
interviews Monday 13th June (tbc)
We particularly welcome applications from people from underrepresented backgrounds.
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.”
|For more information, see:||https://www.gov.uk/guidance/2022-windrush-day-grant-scheme-projects-to-be-funded|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: 8th June 2022
|Check out p18 in the mag to discover our fabulous bassist explain his connection to this classic old number.|
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|For more information, see:||https://www.makingmusic.org.uk/resource/highnotes|
|The great Cleveland Watkiss and backing band at the Beacon April 9th for the Great Jamaican Songbook. Get there!|
|For more information, see:||www.bristolbeacon.org|
|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.
|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!
|For more information, see:||https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0bl9m4x|
|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!|
|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.
|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.
|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
|For more information, see:||https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/real-photography-company-windrush-event-tickets-183978353207|
|Two sell-outs for one gig!! More tickets now available so let's make it three in a row. Get in quick and make your summer complete.|
|For more information, see:||https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/whats-on/bristol-reggae-orchestra-let-loose/|
|We've sold out St George's for our Let Loose concert but keep checking their box office. We think there might be more seats becoming available. Let's hope so!|
|For more information, see:||https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/bristol-reggae-orchestra-let-loose/|
|For more information, see:||www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/events/?month=August-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.|
|Check out this lovely piece of work. Looking forward to developing our music across the generations during 2021.|
|For more information, see:||https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=p-tK0UknhNM|
|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.|
|For more information, see:||https://www.realphotographycompany.co.uk/black-history|
|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.|
|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
|Delighted to see Theaster Gates honoured for his work in bringing Sanctum to Bristol. We played in the installation in Temple Church in 2015. A memorable event.|
|For more information, see:||https://www.architecture.com/awards-and-competitions-landing-page/awards/riba-honorary-fellows|
|It's been a long time coming but attached are links to news of the name change for Bristol's Concert music venue announced today. We look forward to playing it again one day!|
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|For more information, see:||https://bristolbeacon.org/?utm_campaign=enews&utm_medium=email&utm_source=bristol-beacon-enews&dm_i=4YPU%2CEGWJ%2C2EQMUM%2C1OLTW%2C1|
|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:
An important note!
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
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
|For more information, see:||www.mediafire.com/folder/636bq7o0gcql6/St+Pauls+Carnival+-+BHM+Curator|
|Latest national guidance from the DCMS now allows amateur music-making groups to begin to get back together for rehearsals and performance. The Orchestra will be considering this guidance in detail and planning for the future. Watch out for more news as we have it!|
|For more information, see:||https://www.makingmusic.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=13440&qid=2041697|
|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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|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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|Hi, our mentors at Tomorrows Warriors are running on-line summer schools for young people. Check out the link.|
|For more information, see:||https://webmail.doctors.net.uk/?_task=mail&_mbox=INBOX&_uid=52056&_part=2&_action=get&_extwin=1&_framed=1&_mimewarning=1&_embed=1|
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|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.|
|Check out our feature at p50|
|For more information, see:||https://issuu.com/loudbristol/docs/loud_issue_2|
|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!!