As Bristol’s only professional orchestra, the Bristol Ensemble plays an important role in musical culture in the city and the wider region. Our commitment to collaboration, education and sharing the gift of music-making with all is at the heart of our existence. As well as delivering rich and exciting orchestral music our education project, Preludes Music, reaches more than 3,000 children a year with musical opportunities that transform lives.

The support of our partners and donors is vital. It funds Preludes Music and enables the continued artistic development of the orchestra.

If you would like to help ensure the future of classical music, or support music education for those who need it the most, please consider supporting us today. Whether you are able to make a small one-off gift or commit to more substantial long-term support, your contribution will make a difference. 

For more information on any of the options below, or to discuss how your support can make a difference, please contact Molly Zoeller at

We are extremely grateful to all of those who support us. Thank you.

Individual Donations

Click the button below to make a single or monthly donation to the Bristol Ensemble via the Donate National Funding Scheme…


Become a Friend

Friends are our family of supporters who share our belief in the power of music and the role of the Bristol Ensemble in our communities. Friends pay an annual subscription and benefit from quarterly updates from our Chair and an invitation to our annual Preludes Music concert.

£35 Individual membership

£60 Joint membership

£180 Maestro membership

Become a Benefactor

Benefactors are the catalysts that enable the Bristol Ensemble’s development, supporting the orchestra and Preludes Music to grow artistically and in profile, capability and impact.

  • Bronze – £500 per year (individual or joint membership)
    • Priority notice on all concerts
    • Invitation to the annual Preludes Music concert
    • Regular communication about the Ensemble’s plans and priorities
    • Acknowledgement, if desired, on the Ensemble’s website and in our annual report
  • Silver – £1,000 per year (individual or joint membership)
    • As for Bronze, plus…
    • Invitation to an annual Benefactors gathering at an exclusive private venue, with performances by Ensemble musicians
    • Annual report on the impact of your donation
  • Gold – £2,500 per year (individual or joint membership)
    • As for Silver, plus…
    • Opportunity to purchase premium seats for concerts at late notice
    • Rehearsal access
  • Platinum – £5,000+ per year (individual or joint membership)
    • As for Gold, plus…
    • Bespoke relationship with the artistic and education team
    • Opportunities to sponsor players, tutors, education programmes or concerts

Major Gifts

Large donations make great things happen. Please speak to us about the options available, and the bespoke benefits for you.

Gift Aid

All donations from individuals may be eligible for Gift Aid. If you are a UK taxpayer, we may be able to reclaim Gift Aid on your donation, increasing the value of your support by 25%. If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate you may be eligible for additional tax relief.

Leave a Legacy

Leaving a gift in your Will is a way of ensuring magnificent music for future generations. If you are considering supporting the Bristol Ensemble in this way, please let us know so we can thank you and make sure we have recorded your wishes appropriately.

Trusts and Foundations

Our work beyond the concert hall has a lasting and significant social and educational impact on the people we reach. Grants from Trusts and Foundations enable this vital work to happen.

Corporate Support

If you are from a business and are looking for ways to support the Bristol Ensemble and your business, please contact us to discuss the sponsorship and corporate partnership options available.


For more information or to discuss how your support can make a difference, please contact Molly Zoeller at

Thank You

We are extremely grateful to all of those who support us. Thank you.

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