Bristol Phoenix Choir chooses a charity to support each year. Representatives of the charity speak about their work at the Christmas Concert and retiring collections are taken at each of our events throughout the year. Last year, we decided to support NOYO.
The National Open Youth Orchestra is a world first, an ambitious orchestra launched in September 2018 to give some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians a progression route. It promotes musical excellence, empowering 11-25 year-old disabled and non-disabled musicians to rehearse and perform together as members of a pioneering inclusive ensemble.
Some of the National Open Youth Orchestra musicians play acoustic instruments; others, electronic instruments like the Clarion, which can be played with the movement of any part of the body including the eyes. NOYO collaborates with cutting-edge composers to create exciting new music for a diverse range of musicians and instruments. Their first commission, ‘The Umbrella’ by Liam Taylor-West won a British Composer Award in 2018. http://noyo.org.uk
Although we held no concerts in 2020, choir members themselves donated £720 to NOYO, and this year decided unaimously to continue to support this wonnderful enterprise. We hope we may have the opportuntity to share some music making with them.