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We are delighted to announce that St George’s Bristol is now an Arts Award Centre! Education Manager Laura Tanner is our in house Arts Award adviser, able to deliver Arts Award at Discover and Explore level.

Arts Award is…

…a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form – from music to digital art, pottery to poetry.

Offered at five different levels:

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young people get to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
  • develop their creativity and leadership skills
  • learn new skills and share them with others
  • get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
  • gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment

To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.

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St George’s Bristol is also an Arts Award Supporter. We are keen to help and encourage young people as they work towards Arts Award qualifications, and offer activites that can contribute to students portfolios in the following ways:

Taking part in arts activities…

St George’s Bristol offers a range of performances each year suitable for everyone. We have a special programme of family events suitable for children aged 3 – 8, take part in the annual national ‘Family Arts Week’, are a member of ‘Bristol Family Arts Network’ and a ‘Children’s University Learning Destination’. We offer £5 student tickets for many of our prime promotions. 8 – 25s are able to attend any of our lunch time concerts for free and ‘Cavatina Chamber Music Trust’ support us to offer additional free tickets to 8 – 25s for selected chamber music events. We also work regularly with local schools, bringing them in to our beautiful venue and sending artists out to perform to children within schools. For full details of our ticket offers for students and young people, please click here.

Seeing and reviewing arts, media and culture…

In addition to the offers listed above, we also offer group discounts for schools, colleges and groups wishing to attend events at the venue. We currently operate a ‘Concerts Club’ with one partner school, enabling students to pay a small amount to access a broad range of events at the venue over the course of a whole season. Participants have the opportunity to observe rehearsals, meet the artists and review the events they have attended. Recently we have extended this offer to students supported by ‘Awards for Young Musicians’.

On the 15th October 2015 a group of sixth form students went to see jazz trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall and his Gondwana Orchestra. With trumpet playing reminiscent of Miles Davis, and saxophone of Coltrane’s calmer soprano sax moments, the mood was set for an atmospheric evening of modal jazz. Points of particular interest were the strings arrangements of Halsall himself, some crazy hip drum solos which went mad much more quickly than many drummers would dare, and the appearance, which I do not believe any of us had seen before, of a jazz harp thrown effortlessly into the mix. All in all, it was a very enjoyable concert and I would highly recommend that anyone, be they jazz-head or not, check out Matthew Halsall. Sam Macdonald, Bristol Grammar School Concert Club BGS|SGB

I am emailing to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the two tickets AYM gave me for last Friday’s concert at St. George’s [8th January 2016]. I must confess that beforehand I had never really understood why people get so excited about a song recital – it was my curiosity on this point that led me to want to go to this particular concert. I came out of that auditorium door bowled over by what I had seen. It was quite clear as soon as the recital began that I was witnessing two of the greatest artists of our time, and I was thrilled by their unity as a duo. Paul Lewis has such a solid technique and a marvellous creativity, while Mark Padmore has a vast range of colours and a brilliant communication with the audience. It was the passion the pair showed for the music that made the performance feel so special and unique. I feel the only way to describe the concert in one word is: Wow! Thank you so very much for this wonderful experience. Joel 16, Awards for Young Musicians Violinist

Finding out about cultural professionals and organisations…

We regularly host networking events for music students and offer a ‘Back Stage Pass’ venue tour for Primary age children, explaining how the venue runs and some of its history. We also have a ‘Music Mentors Scheme’ facilitating workshops and masterclasses for young musicians and offering students the chance to talk to established professionals about their careers, a ‘Young Composers Academy’ and we support two ‘Awards and Bursaries’.

Work experience and volunteering…

Our ‘Volunteer Front of House Scheme’ offers people aged 18 – 25 the opportunity to gain experience as a Front of House Manager at a live music venue with support and mentoring from our expert events team.

Young people aged 18 and over would also be eligible to become ‘Volunteer Stewards’, assisting at performances and interacting with concert goers to enhance their experience of the venue. These roles include include two training sessions per year and volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of ten shifts per year. Volunteer Stewards are often eligible for complimentary ticket or promotional ticket offers. For full details of volunteer opportunities available at the venue, please click here.

If you would like to bring a group of students to an event at St George’s Bristol, please do get in touch. It may be possible for us to offer you a special discount, or free tickets, including tickets for any accompanying staff.

To find out more contact our Education Team:

Education Manager Laura Tanner laura.tanner@stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

Head of Education Catherine Freda catherine.freda@stgeorgesbristol.co.uk