About Bristol Pre-Conservatoire


Founded by Dr Jonathan James in 2012, Bristol Pre-Conservatoire is a prestigious evening music school for young classical and jazz musicians, providing weekly ensemble training in Bristol. Our talented students come together in a fun yet challenging environment to develop ensemble skills and general musicianship.


We work on ear skills and on appreciating music in its widest expression, deliberately blurring boundaries. We have a diverse programme of visiting speakers and offer small ensemble training each week with experienced and inspiring tutors, incorporating elements of technique where possible.


We are currently offering training in the following strands:

  • Strings

  • Piano

  • Woodwind

  • Brass

  • Voice

  • Jazz

Please feel free to get in touch with Jon or Sue via the contact page if you would like to find out more.



Current vacancies

Are you a talented young classical or jazz musician? We'd love to hear from you! Applications welcomed from all instrumentalists and vocalists, but particular vacancies are as follows:

Senior programme (grade 7+):

  • Flute

  • Bassoon

  • French horn

  • Trumpet

  • Tuba

  • Viola

  • Voice (particularly male singers)

Intermediate programme (grade 6+)

  • Creative jazz musicians

  • Classical instrumentalists

  • Crossover opportunities into Seniors opening and creative sessions

Junior 'Roots' programme (grade 5+)

  • Classical instrumentalists

  • Instrumentalists and singers across different genres for our creative group

To apply, please email 

Important dates

Autumn Term Concert 2021

Weds 8 December @ 7pm

Main Hall, Oatley House, St Monica Trust

Creating a new musical 'planet' in 45 minutes

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Images by Jamie Corbin