If you enjoy playing or listening to chamber music – strings, woodwind, brass, piano, voice – then Bristol Music Club could be the place for you. For one hundred years its single-storey headquarters at 76 St. Paul’s Road, Clifton, Bristol, U.K. has been a centre for music-lovers from a wide area.
History – The first president was Joseph Joachim, 1831-1907, generally accepted as the finest violinist of his time.
Club Concerts – are held on alternate Tuesday evenings. The performers are still club members or their friends, and the standard of performance has never been higher. Concerts last about two hours. Details of programs are sent to members before the beginning of Spring, Summer and Autumn terms. The club was formed in 1903 “for the performance and study of chamber music”. It gave good-quality recitals and concerts, at which most of the players were club members. The club was originally for men only, but amalgamated with the Bristol Women’s Musical Club in 1937. See Current Concert Programme.
Guests – are welcome to attend… Club concerts cost: £5 adults, £1.50 under 18 years. For members, admission to club concerts is free.
Premises – The premises comprise a Concert room with two grand pianos, and seating for an audience of 80; a private rehearsal room, also with a grand piano, and a performers’ green room.
Private Hire – The premises are available for limited private hire. (Not wedding receptions or parties). See Contacts.
Disabled Facilities – A disabled lift enables easy access for wheelchairs etc.
Private Rehearsal – Members may book the rooms and pianos for private rehearsal.
Library – There is an excellent collection of chamber music scores and parts from which members may borrow.
Subscriptions – are due at the beginning of the year, from January 1st 2015 as follows:- adults £41 (couples £57), country members £36 (couples £52) and juniors (under 18) £6. A country member shall be one living outside a 15 mile radius of the club premises. For more information see Contacts.
Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra – (Formerly the Bristol Music Club Orchestra) Gives three concerts a year. For more information please contact the orchestra secretary. The orchestra consists of woodwind, brass and strings as regular members, and is augmented as required for concerts. Their current conductor is Tianyi Lu.
Bristol Music Club Strings rehearses in the club on Monday mornings. They give occasional concerts at various venues including day centres for elderly citizens. New members are welcome. See Contacts.