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Colston Hall will play a leading role on the first ever BBC Music Day on Friday 5th June 2015 in championing disability and diversity in music and the arts. BBC Music Day will see the Hall welcoming a unique disability youth concert. The day will be a nationwide celebration of music with the aim of connecting communities and generations.

Performing with custom built instruments using new assistive technology, children from the South West Open Youth Orchestra will play alongside members of The British Paraorchestra and South West youth choirs including Bristol Youth Choir and Elmfield Signing Choir in a daytime celebration led by conductor and founder of the The British Paraorchestra, Charles Hazlewood. Paul Whittaker OBE, founder of Music and the Deaf, will lead the signing.

A live performance will run between 3.00pm and 4.00pm, concluded by Inner Vision Orchestra soprano Victoria Oruwari who will collaborate with The British Paraorchestra and Bristol Youth Choir to perform the renowned True Colours, in the first concert of its kind.

Organised by Bristol Plays Music - the music education hub for Bristol based at Colston Hall - BBC Music Day preludes the first ever Fast Forward Festival on 2nd & 3rd July, which aims to celebrate and challenge the perception of music and disability.

Member of The British Paraorchestra, Charlotte White, said: “It is really great to be working with Bristol Music Trust, as part of BBC Music Day and for the upcoming Fast Forward Festival, to promote accessibility in music and the arts. At the age of 11 years, I became disabled which changed my life dramatically. With the reintroduction of music into my life, I felt empowered and I believe everyone, regardless of their circumstance should have musical opportunities.”

BBC Music Day will feature live music events and performances across the country, with broadcasts on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC 5 Live, BBC 6 Music, Asian Network, BBC Local Radio, BBC Breakfast, BBC One’s The One Show and online at