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About the CPA

UWE Bristol Centre for Performing Arts strives to provide outstanding learning and performance opportunities for all through professionally-run ensembles, events and workshops.

Performing arts for all

We are open to anyone with a keen interest in music and other performing arts. At present, our activities cover four broad areas:

  • Classical and experimental music
  • Popular and world music
  • Musical theatre
  • Jazz.

You may be completely new to exploring music-making and want to try out piano lessons in our Keyboard Labs, or a percussion or improvisation workshop, or get involved with vinyl and decks or to make noise using hardware. Equally, you may be an experienced performer, keen to explore our classical, jazz and popular ensembles, tread the boards in our musical production, or bring all of your experience to our weekly ‘Repertoire Lab’.

All of our ensembles work towards performances that take place on campus, in prestigious city centre venues and across the region.

Highlights for this academic year include:

  • Workshop and evening performance with India Dance South West – with live musicians and narrator - Friday 29 September 2017
  • Guest performance lecture by The Americans – Monday 6 November 2017
  • Infinite Loops – UWE Orchestra and Singers in concert at Clifton Cathedral – Saturday 2 December 2017 at 20:00
  • Performances in The Student’s Union at UWE Bar on Frenchay every Monday at 17:00 and in the Bristol Business School Atrium every Wednesday at 17:00
  • UWE Bristol musical production Zorro at the Redgrave Theatre – 7–10 March 2018
  • UWE Bristol Centre for Performing Arts Festival of Sound – taking over the Colston Hall from 11:00 culminating in a family concert at 16:00 by the UWE Orchestra and Singers - Sunday 22 April 2018
  • UWE Bristol Big Band at St George’s – Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 20:00.

A host of opportunities

The Centre is home to a range of activities and groups in which students, staff, alumni and friends of the University can participate. Whether you play an instrument, DJ, make electronic music, write songs, compose, sing, or perform on stage – or want to explore any of these things – then there is something for everyone.

Subsidised individual singing lessons are available, as well as piano lessons through our new Keyboard Lab. Occasionally we will arrange impact coaching or masterclasses from visiting professionals for our ensembles. There is also facility to book practice and rehearsal spaces at the CPA, and borrow musical instruments and equipment.

Find out more about our activities and groups and how to become a member and get involved.

Events throughout the year

Our annual programme of events includes:

Large-scale events

  • a concert in the Autumn term, usually in Bristol Cathedral or Clifton Cathedral, with the Symphony Orchestra and Singers
  • the UWE Bristol Carol Service
  • the UWE Bristol CPA annual Musical Production at the Redgrave Theatre – always a sell-out!
  • the UWE Bristol CPA Festival of Sound at the Colston Hall, where we take over the building for the day and fill it with performances from all of our groups
  • UWE Bristol Big Band and guests at St George’s.

Smaller-scale events

  • regular performances on campus as part of the music enrichment programme from all of our ensembles and groups
  • regular workshops from visiting professional musicians
  • performances at smaller regional venues, such as National Trust Tyntesfield, Holy Trinity Church in Kingswood, the Winterbourne Medieval Barn, and pubs
  • performances in primary schools in the region, inspiring the next generation of musicians.

Find out more about our events and how to book tickets.

Our partners

The CPA is actively involved in a variety of arts activities across the South West and Wales, and is proud to work with a number of local and national organisations including:

If you or your organisation would like to find out more about getting involved with the CPA please contact us.

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