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Breaking the Glass Ceiling symposium

  • Colston Hall Colston Street Bristol, England, BS1 United Kingdom (map)

Lloyd will be part of an Artist Panel discussing his life and career so far in music, and the impact his disabilities has made on it. 

Bristol Music Trust is proud to present ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling’ symposium at Colston Hall on the 29th September 2017, followed by a special presentation from the National Open Youth Orchestra.

Invited guests from across the cultural, creative and music industries join together at Colston Hall as we challenge expectations around disability and music, as we prepare to launch the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence in September 2018.

With a keynote from Suzanne Bull, CEO (Attitude is Everything and DWP sector champion for Music), expert facilitation from Phillip Flood (Sound Connections), and an industry panel representing broadcasting, education, music venues, unions, orchestras and the cultural and creative industries, the conference will break ground on Bristol Music Trust’s commitment to eliminate existing barriers to a career in the music industry for young people with disabilities.

A special presentation of the findings of the recent feasibility study into the setting up of the National Open Youth Orchestra (the UK’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra) will precede a performance of a specially commissioned piece of music from the South West Open Youth Orchestra and the Bristol Youth Choir.

To cap off the day, we’ve programmed a showcase of talented musicians with disabilities from around the country to provide live and recorded music in our Fast Forward Free Foyer Showcase.

For more information about attending the conference please contact Siggy Patchitt via

Artist Panel to include:
Charlotte White
James Rose
Kris Halpin
Lloyd Coleman

Industry Panel to include:
Chris Walters – Musician’s Union
Phil Castang – BPM
Plus more to be announced

Symposium schedule
10:30 – 15:30 – Breaking the Glass Ceiling – disability and the Music Industry
15:30 – 18:30 – The National Open Youth Orchestra
18:30 – 20:00 – Fast Forward Free Foyer Showcase

Earlier Event: March 18
Sounds for Spies & Private Eyes