Birth of an Orchestra

By Pamela Bell, Rob Tulloh & Aimée Cottam


Having been inspired for several years by William Goodchild's conducting and creative leadership, we decided to form a new orchestra in Bristol to give him scope to give free rein to his talents and fully explore his musical vision. We will always strive to be the Orchestra that takes both players and audiences on unexpected and inspiring musical journeys and experiences.


Bristol Symphony Orchestra


Founded in January 2016, Bristol Symphony is a new and exciting young orchestra for the City. Comprised of dynamic and talented players from across the region, Bristol Symphony was conducted from 2016 - 2019 by award-winning composer and professional conductor, William Goodchild with Pamela Bell as Principal Leader. We have worked with a variety of established and emerging soloists, and with non-classical artists, from time to time.


During 2020, we are pleased to announce that Bristol Symphony has Guest Conductors joining Bristol Symphony with Aimee Cottam as 2020 Leader. 

Bristol Symphony performs a core of three major concerts each year at a variety of venues including St George’s Bristol, Clifton Cathedral and St Mary Redcliffe. We also play at special events such as charity fundraising concerts and corporate functions in Bristol and the West of England.


In addition to 19th and 20th Century symphonic repertoire, jazz collaborations with international jazz soloist or group, we have performed works by living composers, including new commissions, such as the Concerto for Kora – 2016* (c. W. Goodchild / M. Cissokho) and Heartbeat – 2019** (c. W. Goodchild).


Warmth, friendliness and a democratic approach characterise our outlook. We enjoy each other’s company, and support and develop one another’s playing. We have a strong and well-organised Management Team, which meets four times a year. Our aim is to rehearse and perform to the highest standard we can achieve, and to communicate the joy we have in making music to as wide an audience as possible.

Performed at St Georges, Bristol:
*Commissioned by High Sheriff of Bristol, Helen Wilde (18 June 2016)
**Commissioned by Professor Robert Tulloh in support of the British Heart Foundation (23 November 2019)


Helen and Peter Wilde

Stephen Pain

Advertisers to Date

Brown in Town

Studio 7 Music Repairs

Sarah Milmore Upholstery

TLT Solicitors

Fitzfield Accountancy

Rachel Goodchild

Charity Collaborations

St Peter’s Hospice

Age UK Bristol

Somme Film 100

Penny Brohn UK

Help for Heroes

Help Musicians UK

Legal Status

Bristol Symphony Orchestra is a limited company

Registration number: 09925411