Wiltshire Music Centre is a professional concert hall in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. Recognised nationally, the Centre attracts world-renowned performers from across the classical, world, contemporary, jazz and folk genres, including trumpeter Alison Balsom, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, folk artist Kathryn Tickell and jazz legend Courtney Pine to present over 150 concerts a year, involving more than 1,000 professional, community and young musicians.
The Centre provides a permanent home for local orchestras, choirs and music groups, and works extensively with young people locally through a vibrant and varied Creative Learning Programme in Wiltshire and beyond, encompassing 30 projects for 5,000 young people every year. Over 800 young musicians rehearse here weekly, with 60,000 people using the Centre each year. The Centre works strategically with key local and national partners to deliver an exemplary programme of concerts, education and community work which encompasses all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It is a unique and contemporary architect-designed building comprising a first-class 300 seat concert hall with a superb acoustic and hospitality spaces.
Wiltshire Music Centre Trust Ltd is a registered charity with charity registration number 1026160, and a registered company with a registration number 2661682.
Wiltshire Music Centre was founded 20 years ago by a group of visionary local people who realised that there was a serious need for top quality performance and rehearsal facilities in the area. Since then, the Centre has built an enviable reputation as a professional concert hall of exceptional quality rooted in community participation and involvement.
The Centre was built with one of the first Arts Council awarded National Lottery grants for capital projects, created on a very tight budget but successfully delivering a high quality acoustic experience and a genuinely warm welcome for our audiences.
Founding Artistic Director Keith Nimmo retired in 2013 and handed the baton to current Artistic Director James Slater. In 2018 the Centre celebrates its 20th Anniversary.