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news and highlights season highlights
silent comedy gala p08 Omid Djalili hosts the 10th annual celebration of silent film…
dinosaur zoo (above) p16 Pint-sized palaeontologists meet prehistoric beasties…
bonobo p22 UK producer Simon Green plays music from The North Borders
van morrison (above) p09 The legendary performer presents his 35th studio album…
newton faulkner p20 The multi-platinumselling artist showcases new material…
vienna tonkünstler orchestra (above) p23 Two of Beethoven's symphonies go head-to-head…
bath ales partnership We are delighted to announce that local independent brewer Bath Ales have taken over our café and restaurant. Well known for their flagship beer Gem, Bath Ales also run 10 pubs, bars and restaurants in the South West – including Graze and Hare On The Hill in Bristol, and The Hop Pole in Bath – and have forged a reputation for the high quality of their offering.
Robin Couling, Managing Director of Bath Ales, says: “We are very excited about working in close partnership with Bristol Music Trust and Colston Hall. During the early part of 2014, we will commission a refurbishment for both outlets, after which time we will launch two exciting new concepts that will cater for all concert goers, as well as people simply popping in for dinner or a pint.”
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Pull up a chair, grab a drink at the bar and check out what’s on at The Lantern tonight… Presenting an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, world and folk music plus original theatre and leftfield comedy, Colston Hall’s oldest and quirkiest space gives a new home to world-class performance in Bristol. Discover groundbreaking artists and comedians like Cass McCombs, Zara McFarlane, Cate Le Bon, Jonny & the Baptists and Rob Beckett. Look out for the symbol throughout the pocket planner for events taking place in The Lantern.
rock and pop
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january james arthur
jazz, folk & world
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union j support from room 94 rock and pop sun 5 jan doors 7pm, £24.19, £29.56 incl. bf under 14s accompanied by an adult
cass mccombs folk wed 8 jan the lantern, 8pm, £10.75 incl. bf seated show
poles aloud community sun 12 jan foyer space plus level 1 and level 3 terrace bar, 3pm-10pm, free
russian masters classical thu 16 jan 7.30pm, u18s £1.08, students £8.60, £16.13, £22.58, £27.95, £33.33 incl. bf
George, Josh, Jaymi and JJ set hearts racing on their inaugural UK tour. Following the release of their debut album last autumn, the X Factor semi-finalists have been busy, performing at a special Radio 1 Live Lounge session in Bangor and at the Capital FM Summertime Ball. See the quartet take to the stage at Colston Hall to perform debut single Carry You, alongside other material from the album.
Critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Cass McCombs’ seventh full-length album, Big Wheel And Others, has been pitched by his label, Domino, as “equal parts bucolically gorgeous and thrillingly roughshod, mischievously obtuse and devastatingly direct, painfully personal and cosmically universal”. Hear “McCombs’ greatest outpouring of unrestrained creativity” (Drowned In Sound) at this intimate live show. Celebrate Polish food, art and culture at this free all-day event with Polish bands, performers, artists and DJs entertaining throughout the Hall.
bournemouth symphony orchestra
Conductor: Andrew Litton Piano: Barry Douglas Rimsky-Korsakov Snow Maiden Suite Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 Shostakovich Symphony No. 6 Part of the Symphony Project. Learn more about the programme at the Discovering Music talk on Sat 11 Jan, The Lantern, 11am, £5.38 incl. bf.
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the best in uk stand-up comedy sat 18 jan the lantern, 8.30pm, £12.90 incl. bf seated show
james arthur rock and pop sat 18 jan doors 7pm, sold out under 14s accompanied by an adult
chris ramsey comedy wed 22 jan the lantern, 8pm, £17.74 incl. bf seated show
Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year Matt Rees’ “endearing and witty” (Chortle) routines take us through the most important things in his life: junk food, alcohol and laziness. “If there’s a circuit comic who can chatter with a crowd better than Jarred Christmas, it’s about time they revealed themselves,” says The Scotsman. Expect “larger-than-life buffoonery and [a] sharp tongue” (Giggle Beats) from the charismatic New Zealander. Mark Olver compères. “The X Factor might have produced their best winner yet,” says Metro of the singer-songwriter from Saltburn-by-the-Sea. After selling over one million copies of his debut single, James Arthur shows off that “famous gravelly voice” (Huffington Post) as he performs tracks from his eponymous new album.
the most dangerous man on saturday morning television
He’s the “frighteningly talented” (GQ) star of Celebrity Juice and 8 out of 10 Cats who got kicked off Soccer AM for saying a naughty word. Now Chris Ramsey wants to talk about life, mistakes and saying the wrong thing at the wrong time in his show. “You can’t argue with Ramsey’s good-natured bonhomie,” says The Guardian.
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the russian winter classical thu 23 – sat 25 jan the lantern, 8pm, £10.21 concessions, £12.90 incl. bf seated show
silent comedy gala comedy fri 24 jan 7.30pm, u16s £10.75, £21.50 concessions, £25.26 incl. bf
the orchestra pitts community sun 26 jan 9.30am (rehearsal), 4pm (concert), free
The Beams (John E Vistic and Adam Coombs) collaborate with Judith Aston and UWE filmmaking students to present a multimedia show inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master And Margarita. Featuring a 40-piece orchestra and choir, live band, cinematic projections, VJs and theatrical elements, the world of The Master… is brought to life set to a soundtrack of orchestral arrangements, Krautrock and electronic beats.
hosted by omid djalili
Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights takes top billing at Slapstick Festival’s 10th annual celebration of silent film. The late film critic Roger Ebert said the Tramp’s 1931 classic “[came] the closest to representing all the different notes of his genius”. Chaplin’s original score will be performed live by the Bristol Ensemble. The evening will also feature screenings of Laurel & Hardy’s comedy short Two Tars. It’s the fifth anniversary of this scratch orchestra and chorus event as 250 amateur players and 300 singers come together for one day only. Musicians and performers meet at 9.30am prompt to start rehearsals for the 4pm concert. To join the orchestra or chorus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org – there is a fee of £20 to cover costs and any surplus goes to Cancer Research UK. The concert is free.
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van morrison rock and pop tue 28 jan 8pm, £48.38, £69.88, £80.63
Uncut called Van Morrison’s 35th studio album, Born To Sing: No Plan B, “a real return to form … a vibrant and timely reaffirmation of Morrison’s talents”. Having toured his legendary Astral Weeks a few years ago, The Guardian finds the singer “rejuvenated … the warm brass and catchy, sweet melodies [recalling] 1970’s Moondance”. That trademark “sinuous growl” (Rolling Stone) is on display as the singer responsible for Brown Eyed Girl and Jackie Wilson Said… rails against greed, materialism and the economic breakdown.
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ultimate rhythm and blues rock and pop wed 29 jan 7.30pm, £26.88, £29.56 incl. bf
simon evans comedy thu 30 jan the lantern, 8pm, £12.90 concessions, £15.05 incl. bf over 14s, seated show
Relive the musical revolution of 1964 with The Yardbirds, The Zombies, The Animals, Spencer Davis and Maggie Bell. The chart-topping stars of the 1960s perform some of their greatest hits, including For Your Love, She’s Not There, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Keep On Running and more.
This “often unfairly overlooked but sizzlingly entertaining” stand-up delivers “beautifully crafted, devastatingly funny gags” (The Guardian) in his deliciously aloof style. Evans “says what might be unfashionable with a witty, elegant and unforgiving brutality mixed with a supercilious sarcasm that clobbers you into chuckling” (Chortle).
february people of note
rock and pop
rumours of fleetwood mac
jazz, folk & world
festival of the spoken nerd
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del amitri rock and pop tue 4 feb doors 7pm, £37.63, £48.38 incl. bf under 14s accompanied by an adult
alex horne comedy wed 5 feb the lantern, 8pm, £12.90 incl. bf seated show
suzanne vega folk wed 5 feb 7.30pm, £29.56, £40.31 incl. bf
Frontman Justin Currie promises “a retrospective sweep of our entire output” as the Scottish band reunite for The A To Z Of Us tour. Following an unofficial 10-year hiatus, all five original members perform tracks from every era of their recording career, “from indie art-pop through folk-tinged balladry to hair Brit-rock chuggery”, says Currie. Hear tracks like Nothing Ever Happens and Always The Last To Know. With special guests The O's. lies
Porky pies aplenty from the triple Perrierwinning comedian, original host of Blockbusters and former Mr Universe. The “nice man of comedy” (London Is Funny) and co-star and creator of BBC Four’s We Need Answers bends the truth, twists the facts, fibs, fabricates and deceives in his dishonest new show. “A beguiling blend of the smart and the stupid,” says The Sunday Times.
Over a quarter of a century after the release of her “definitive” (The Arts Desk) second album, Solitude Standing, “the pioneering folk-poet [and] nimble lyricist” (The Independent) returns with her eighth offering. Vega performs new material alongside some of her best-loved tracks, like the Grammynominated Luka and Tom’s Diner, all interspersed with illuminating anecdotes.
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stewart lee comedy thu 6 feb 8pm, £21.50 incl. bf
hough plays liszt classical fri 7 feb 7.30pm, u18s £1.08, students £8.60, £16.13, £22.58, £27.95, £33.33 incl. bf
gurt magnificent people community sat 8 feb 7.30pm, u18s £2.15, £10.75 incl. bf
much a-stew about nothing
Following the sell-out Carpet Remnant World, “probably the cleverest comedian working in Britain” (The Guardian) presents a mixed stew of unrelated ideas in preparation for his 2014 TV series.
bournemouth symphony orchestra
Conductor: Kirill Karabits Piano: Stephen Hough Berlioz Romeo And Juliet Orchestral Suite Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 Scriabin Poem Of Ecstasy “A javelin hurled into the future” is how Liszt described his music – and Stephen Hough is the pianist to project it with unassailable insight and strength. Three of the region’s community choirs join forces for a night of eclectic and enchanting performances. Over 350 singers from the Gurt Lush Choir, Magnificent AK47 and People Of Note sing everything from classical movements to pop numbers. All profits go to St Peter’s Hospice.
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zara mcfarlane jazz sat 8 feb the lantern, 8pm, £10.75 incl. bf
British jazz singer Zara McFarlane's sound “appeals to audiences weaned on Jill Scott and Erykah Badu as easily as to those more attuned to Cassandra Wilson or Dianne Reeves” (Brownswood Recordings). Hear material from new album If You Knew Her, alongside work from her 2011 debut, Until Tomorrow.
valentine’s day opera gala classical fri 14 feb 7.30pm, u25s £5.38, £10.75, £16.13, £21.50, £26.88 incl. bf, OAPs 10% discount
the best in uk stand-up comedy sat 15 feb the lantern, 8.30pm, £12.90 incl. bf seated show
bristol choral society and bristol ensemble
Conductor: Adrian Partington Soprano: Rebecca Rudge Baritone and Raconteur: Donald Maxwell Tenor: John Pierce If music be the food of love, play on… and there’s a feast on offer tonight with this evening of dreamy music featuring arias, duets and choruses from some of the most passionate operas ever written. Nathan Caton is a “confident, charismatic and upbeat” (Chortle) comedian who “specialises in laidback, on-the-nose material” (The Guardian) about life as a British black man in the modern world. “The most exciting young black comic on the scene” (Fest) has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News and Mock The Week. Compère and support to be confirmed.
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festival of the spoken nerd comedy sun 16 feb the lantern, 7.30pm, £13.98 concessions, £16.13 incl. bf over 15s
rumours of fleetwood mac rock and pop tue 18 feb 8pm, £24.19, £34.94 incl. bf
“Jokes for software aficionados and graphic designers aplenty” in this “great, funny, clever show [that’s] almost childlike in the amount of fun it gets out of stuff ” (Scotsman). See stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments expert Steve Mould and geeky songstress Helen Arney mix science with comedy in Full Frontal Nerdity – a show that boasts “flashes and bangs aplenty” (The Independent). Experience “a stunning and emotive snapshot of the world’s first supergroup” (Sunday Times) with tribute act Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac. From Rhiannon and Dreams to Tusk and The Chain, all the classic hits are performed with “nerve-tingling accuracy” (Sunday Mail) – it’s so good, even Mick Fleetwood has given them his seal of approval, calling their show an “extraordinary emotive performance”.
cate le bon folk wed 19 feb the lantern, 8pm, £10.75 incl. bf standing show
Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys is a huge fan of this “heavy-lidded purveyor of enigmatic lyrics” (The Guardian), having toured and collaborated with the folk chanteuse for much of her career. Le Bon performs material from her new album, Mug Museum, showcasing the “bucolic whirring folk and rusty psychedelic garage” (NME) that made her previous effort, 2012’s CYRK, such a hit with the critics.
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dinosaur zoo families wed 19 feb 11am & 2pm, £13.44, £16.13 incl. bf over 3s
furrow collective folk thu 20 feb the lantern, 8pm, £12.90 incl. bf seated show
beethoven chamber concert classical tue 25 feb the lantern, 7.30pm, £12.90 or £8.60 with a ticket to the 4 mar concert incl. bf
Meet the dryosaurus, australovenator and leaellynasaurus in Australian theatre company Erth’s “witty, entertaining [and] informative” (The Stage) live show. Watch the extraordinarily lifelike prehistoric beasts roam the stage as host Lindsey Chaplin, “the show’s secret weapon” (Time Out), keeps pint-sized palaeontologists engaged in the action. Includes a Q&A session.
Traditional folk ballads get a bold improvisatory twist courtesy of awardwinning musicians and friends Emily Portman, Alasdair Roberts, Rachel Newton and Lucy Farrell. Portman’s debut album, The Glamoury, earned her a BBC Folk Awards nomination while Roberts has been praised for “the delicate tenor of his voice and the otherworldly dexterity of his guitar-playing” (The Guardian). stephen johnson insight and english piano trio
Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 1 Ghost Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 97 Archduke Stephen discusses Beethoven's artistic vision in advance of the Vienna Tonküstler Orchestra concert (see p23) and the English Piano Trio perform. Part of the Symphony Project.
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Bristol New Music is a consortium of six key organisations in Bristol dedicated to bringing the very best international new music to the city, while working to create opportunities for emerging regional artists. To book tickets, please contact the venues directly: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol bs1 4qa, arnolfini.org.uk, 0117 917 2300, 75p bf per ticket if booked online Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol bs1 6ux, spikeisland.org.uk, 0117 929 2266 St George's Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5AR, stgeorgesbristol.co.uk, 0845 402 4001, ÂŁ1 admin fee per transaction plus ÂŁ1 card transaction fee where applicable
Jeannie, Tarab Cuts and Cevdet Erek are supported by the PRS for Music Foundation
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special offer book a joint ticket for tarab cuts, emptyset and klavikon for £10.75 incl. bf
exhibition sat 15 feb – sun 20 apr spike island, free
jazz/electronic/improv fri 21 feb arnolfini, 6pm, £5 concessions, £7 + bf
Cevdet Erek is a Turkish artist and musician who is interested in the way we organise our lives through measurements of space and time. He will create a new installation for the gallery at Spike Island. Supported by the Elephant Trust.
jeannie exhibition sat 22 – sun 23 feb fri 21 feb (launch) arnolfini, 5pm, free
A new installation by artist Louisa Fairclough based on the visions and auditory hallucinations of a young composer living on the River Severn. The work comprises a recording on dubplate vinyl and live vocal interventions throughout the building. A Bristol New Music Commission in association with ICIA University of Bath.
A new concert-length work by John Butcher working with Mark Sanders, combining composition and improvisation layered over 78rpm recordings of traditional Sufi music. A world premiere, produced by Out Of The Machine, commissioned by Bristol New Music.
emptyset electronic fri 21 feb spike island, doors 7.30pm for 8pm, £5
Bristol-via-London duo Emptyset play a live gig. Their immersive, spatially-informed electronic sounds and visuals are informed by aspects of Cevdet Erek's exhibition (above).
klavikon, roly porter and addison groove electronic fri 21 feb the lantern, 10pm, £5.38 incl. bf Continues after pull-out...
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sun 12 poles aloud
academy song circle p32
the best in uk stand-up
alex horne: lies
wed 22 chris ramsey: the most… p07
stewart lee: much a-stew…
the russian winter
hough plays liszt
silent comedy gala p08
gurt magnificent people
the russian winter
the russian winter
tue 11 imogen hancock/maire carroll p32
sun 26 the orchestra pitts p08
valentine's opera gala
tue 28 van morrison
the best in uk stand-up
wed 29 ultimate rhythm and blues p10
festival of the spoken nerd
tue 18 academy song circle p32 tue 18
n rock and pop n jazz, folk & world n classical n comedy n families n community n education n bristol new music
rumours of fleetwood mac
wed 19 cate le bon
wed 19 dinosaur zoo
klavikon/roly porter/addison… p18
keith tippett octet
christian wallumrød ensemble p19
tue 25 beethoven chamber concert p16 tue 25 michael foyle p32 wed 26 jonny and the baptists
bso heroes and superheroes
march sat 1
music industry uncovered
richard herring: we're all…
richard herring: we're all…
wed 12 faustus
jorgensen piano trio
the australian pink floyd
vienna tonkünstler orchestra
russell kane: smallness
wittank: the school
the tyburn tree
the deco ensemble
andy sheppard/john parricelli p24
wed 19 joel dommett
wed 19 tom paxton & janis ian
moscow drug club/gypsyfire
northern lights series: finland p30
the big swing dance
jimeoin: yes, yes whatever…?! p30
django a la creole
the best in uk stand-up
a gershwin spectacular
mon 24 lloyd cole
alan barnes/howard alden…
beka gochiashvili trio
zigaboo modeliste and…
bartosz woroch/robert thompson p32
colin hoult: characthorse p31
pee wee ellis & fred wesley… p26
mozart requiem: come & sing p31
lillian boutté gospel concert
denny ilett snr & adrian cox… p26
bill evans & the impressionist… p26
jim mullen organ trio
bristol composers ensemble
indigo kid & get the blessing
andy sheppard/michele rabbia p27
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food and drink We offer a variety of places and spaces in which to enjoy your free time. Head to the café for a light bite or drink and make the most of our free Wi-Fi, available for customers to use all day. Our stalls and terrace bars serve drinks before or after the show – and don’t miss our wonderful rooftop terrace with its spectacular views of the city.
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This image: Jeannie by Louisa Fairclough. Right: Keith Tippett
Klavikon reimagines electronic music without the use of conventional processes. Instead, pianist Leon Michener employs a system of amplified prepared piano. Augmenting the 88 keys with his own inventions and found objects, he delivers cascading percussion, sub-basses and abstract soundscapes. Roly Porter began his career as one half of groundbreaking project Vex’d. His solo work fuses his background in sound system music with contemporary classical composition and focused sound design resulting in a singular and often harrowing sound. His second solo album, Life Cycle of a Massive Star, was released last year.
keith tippett octet jazz sat 22 feb the lantern, 4pm, £12.90 incl. bf the nine dances of patrick o'gonogon
A key figure in European art music, Keith Tippett is one of the most important jazz musicians, improvisers and composers of the last 40 years. Tippett has been
involved in three distinct areas of music for four decades working with contemporary, avant-garde and improvising musicians. Bristol-born Tippett returns to perform his latest composition The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon commissioned by Richard Wiltshire. This will be the first performance of this piece outside of London.
christian wallumrød ensemble jazz sun 23 feb st george's bristol, 7.30pm, £16 + bf
Norwegian composer and pianist Christian Wallumrød presents his latest ensemble in a UK première performance including music from new album Outstairs. Wallumrød draws from Renaissance composers, church and folk music, free jazz and John Cage to create intricately textured pieces where the interplay between what is written and what is improvised is paramount. A free pre-concert talk with Wallumrød takes place at 6.15pm.
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jonny and the baptists comedy wed 26 feb the lantern, 8pm, £12.90 incl. bf seated show
newton faulkner rock and pop thu 27 feb doors 7pm, £20.96 incl. bf part-standing show
bso heroes & superheroes classical fri 28 feb 7.30pm, u18s £1.08, students £8.60, £15.05, £19.35, £23.65, £26.88 incl. bf
“Musical comedy’s rising stars” (Sunday Times) give us an hour of “uproarious rock’n’ROFL-ing” (Independent On Sunday) as they take on Nigel Farage and UKIP ahead of the European Elections. “Not only are the songs very funny, but the band are skilled musicians and their comic timing and great banter make the show a joy” (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).
“Spidery guitar playing and soulful vocals” (Evening Standard) from the multi-platinumselling artist. Faulkner recently made history by live-streaming the entire recording process of his fourth album, Studio Zoo. His new offering is, says The Independent, “undoubtedly catchy [and] refreshingly experimental” but still showcases those trademark folksy riffs that helped debut Hand Built By Robots reach number one in the UK. bournemouth symphony orchestra
Conductor: Pete Harrison Dim the lights, pass the popcorn and settle down in the company of the A-listers to hear themes from James Bond, Apollo 13, Marvel Avengers, Harry Potter, Batman, Superman and many more, plus works by Wagner, Beethoven and Rossini. Preconcert interview with Peter Harrison takes place at 6.25pm, free with a concert ticket.
jazz, folk & world
education get the blessing
rock and pop
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music industry uncovered conference sat 1 mar 10am, £15 concessions, £25
bonobo jazz sat 1 mar doors 7.30pm, start 8pm, £21.50 incl. bf
richard herring comedy sat 1 – sun 2 mar the lantern, 8pm, £16.13 incl. bf over 16s, seated show
Do you want to turn your passion for music into a career? Music Industry Uncovered is an opportunity to meet senior industry figures, and share their inside knowledge on how to break into this highly competitive sector. Topics covered include the secrets of recording and mastering, how to get signed, becoming a session musician, creating music for film and TV, and successful promotion and event management. UK producer Simon Green heads on tour following the release of his fifth studio album as Bonobo. The North Borders is, says BBC Music, “a very natural extension of [2010’s] Black Sands, with everything pitched just that little bit better, each arrangement sparkling a touch more”. Bonobo’s recent live show at London’s Roundhouse was “triumphant”, says The Fly.
we're all going to die
He’s tackled everything from love and religion to politics and penises but now Herring has reached the end of the line. In his 11th show since 2001, the hard-working comedian, broadcaster and Sony Award-winning podcaster asks whether death is a tragedy or just an excuse to have an extended lie-in. He “manages to put the fun into funerals [and] the gags into gagging,” says The Big Issue.
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vienna tonkünstler orchestra
Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada Piano: Barry Douglas Beethoven Symphony No. 6 Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 Beethoven Symphony No. 5 classical tue 4 mar Two strongly-contrasted symphonies go head to head, 7.30pm, u18s £1.08,students separated by a concerto whose opening is nothing £8.60, £16.13, £22.58, short of a ‘velvet revolution’. See p16 for Beethoven £27.95, £33.33 incl. bf Chamber Concert. Part of the Symphony Project.
russell kane comedy wed 5 mar 8pm, £18.81 incl. bf
the tyburn tree rock and pop thu 6 mar doors 7.30pm, start 8pm, £24.73 incl. bf
‘Does size matter?’ asks the “seriously good comedian” (The Times) with the “smart, probing brain” (Evening Standard). Fresh from his critically acclaimed Posturing Delivery show – in which he doled out advice to his imaginary child, Ivan – the “exhaustingly enjoyable” (The Telegraph) performer discusses the importance of smallness in a very big world.
with john harle and marc almond
Composer and saxophonist John Harle joins forces with singer Marc Almond to present The Tyburn Tree, an album of contemporary songs about the dark side of London’s history, from the Tyburn gallows to Jack the Ripper. Almond delivers a “thrillingly drawn-out climax to Harle’s The Arrival Of Spring, emoting words adapted from William Blake with operatic oomph”, says The Independent.
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bristol international jazz and blues festival at colston hall fri 7 – sun 9 mar
the big swing dance
fri 7 mar, the lantern, 5.50pm, £12.90 incl. bf
fri 7 mar, 9.30pm, £12.90 incl. bf
Bristol’s most internationally celebrated jazz artist presents two special concerts. The first features guitarist John Parricelli.
osibisa fri 7 mar, 7pm, £19.35 incl. bf Widely regarded as the godfathers of Afrobeat, Osibisa will shake Colston Hall’s foundations with their highlife rock and soul. Osibisa paved the way for artists like Bob Marley with three top 10 hits including Sunshine Day, Dance The Body Music and Coffee Song.
moscow drug club/ gypsyfire fri 7 mar, the lantern, 8.10pm, £16.13 incl. bf A special double-bill featuring the darkly comic songs of Moscow Drug Club and the virtuosity and flair of Gypsyfire.
Colston Hall will be transformed into a 1940s-style ballroom for this very special event. Featuring 17 of the South West’s best musicians, the aim is simple: to recreate the golden age of the swing era. Get your dancing shoes on for a night of lindy hopping, jitterbugging and jiving courtesy of the Bruce/Ilett Big Band. Dress code: 1930s-50s
django à la creole sat 8 mar, the lantern, 12.15pm, £12.90 incl. bf Hot Club de France meets New Orleans in this international group of renowned jazz musicians, combining the music of Django Reinhardt with that of Sidney Bechet.
a gershwin spectacular featuring jacqui dankworth sat 8 mar, 2.30pm, £16.13 incl. bf A glorious celebration of Gershwin’s best songs in new arrangements by
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Ned Bennett and the Big Buzzard Big Band, this 17-piece orchestra will be enhanced by three choirs: the City Of Bristol Choir, the North Bristol Wellbeing Choir and Clifton College Choir, with guest soloist Jacqui Dankworth.
alan barnes/ howard alden quintet sat 8 mar, the lantern, 2.30pm, £12.90 incl. bf UK jazz great Alan Barnes is joined by legendary New York guitarist Howard Alden in a concert sure to evoke the spirit of the great Ruby Braff/George Barnes group.
beka gochiashvili trio sat 8 mar, the lantern, 5pm, £12.90 incl. bf BIJ&BF proudly presents a concert of young Georgian virtuoso Gochiashvili as part of a new artist exchange programme with Bristol’s twin city of Tbilisi.
zigaboo modeliste & the big chiefs sat 8 mar, 6.15pm, £16.13 incl. bf One of the founding members of The Meters, Zigaboo Modeliste – the ‘King of the Funky Drummers’ – set the beat that New Orleans grooved to for over a decade. Performing with his Big Chiefs, expect floor-fillers from The Meters’ songbook and a party New Orleans would be proud of.
elliot randall sat 8 mar, the lantern, 7.30pm, £12.90 incl. bf Randall was part of the original Steely Dan line-up and to this day, his guitar solo on Reelin’ In The Years is seen as an innovative and groundbreaking achievement. A must-see for fans of supercharged blues guitar.
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bristol international jazz and blues festival fri 7 – sun 9 mar
pee wee ellis & fred wesley funk all stars
denny ilett snr and adrian cox quintet
sat 8 mar, 9pm, £21.50 incl. bf
sun 9 mar, the lantern, 1.15pm, £12.90 incl. bf
Ellis and Wesley were part of the greatest ever horn section, The JB's, who toured, recorded and wrote for James Brown in the 1960s and ’70s. Playing funk, gospel and jazz, together these two will take us back to the day when soul reigned supreme. Featuring a stellar lineup of Laurence Cottle (bass), Tony Remy (guitar), Gareth Williams (keys) and Mark Mondesir (drums).
lillian boutté gospel concert sun 9 mar, 12pm, £16.13 incl. bf Inheriting the mantel of New Orleans’ Official Musical Ambassador from Louis Armstrong, BIJ&BF patron Lillian Boutté presents her glorious New Orleans’ Gospel Project. Drawing on the energy and passion generated in sanctified churches across the American south, Lillian’s dynamic stage presence will deliver an unforgettable afternoon of music.
Trumpeter Denny Ilett Snr, described by Humphrey Lyttleton as “the best in the UK”, is joined by rising star Adrian Cox on alto and clarinet for an afternoon of traditional jazz, blues and swing.
bill evans and the impressionist composers sun 9 mar, 2.30pm, £19.35 incl. bf Celebrated pianist Kate Williams and her trio, backed by the Bristol Ensemble, will perform new orchestral arrangements of Bill Evans’ compositions interspersed with works from great Impressionistera composers, including Ravel, Debussy and Satie.
jim mullen organ trio sun 9 mar, the lantern, 3.30pm, £12.90 incl. bf Arguably the finest jazz guitarist the UK has ever produced, Mullen’s Blue Noteinspired trio have been wowing audiences across the UK and Europe for the last decade.
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bristol composers ensemble sun 9 mar, the lantern, 5.50pm, £12.90 incl. bf Trumpeter Andy Hague leads a stellar ensemble through brand-new pieces commissioned by BIJ&BF.
indigo kid and get the blessing sun 9 mar, 6pm, £21.50 incl. bf Take the rhythm section of Portishead and add two of Bristol’s finest horn players and the result is Get The Blessing. BIJ&BF presents the official launch of their new album.
andy sheppard sun 9 mar, the lantern, 7.50pm, £12.90 incl. bf The celebrated jazz artist presents the second of his special concerts, with Italian percussionist Michele Rabbia.
imelda may sun 9 mar, doors 8.45pm, start 9.15pm, £23.65, £25.80 incl. bf "Her performance is flawless," says Clash Magazine of the Irish rockabilly queen. Hear that special blend of old rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues that made her third album Mayhem a worldwide hit.
free gigs/ jam sessions foyer, throughout the festival, free Find a full programme of free live jazz and blues on the foyer stage, featuring 20 of Bristol’s finest bands. Also, don’t miss the free latenight jam sessions where international artists will play alongside local talent.
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the overtones rock and pop tue 11 mar doors 7pm, £23.11, £30.64, £41.39 incl. bf
faustus folk wed 12 mar the lantern, 8pm, £13.44 incl. bf seated show
the australian pink floyd rock and pop thu 13 mar 7pm, £30.64, £41.39 incl. bf under 14s accompanied by an adult
Return visit of the five-piece vocal-harmony group who were discovered by a talent scout singing during their tea break. The band, “likened to a modern incarnation of The Temptations” (The Independent), will perform doo-wop and Motown tracks from new album Saturday Night At The Movies, alongside material from Good Ol’ Fashioned Love and Higher.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Faustus “rescue contemporary folk from the curse of feyness” (Independent) with a sound “that encompasses everything that’s best in modern traditional music” (Acoustic). The trio – featuring Bellowheads’ Benji Kirkpatrick and Paul Sartin and Waterson:Carthy’s Saul Rose – will play material from Broken Down Gentlemen, “a knees-up album … [that’s] full of subtlety and thoughtfulness” (BBC Music). “The best tribute band in the world” (Sunday Times) return to the Hall with their spectacular show, Eclipsed By The Moon. For the first time ever, the band are putting the audience in charge of their set list. Head to aussiefloyd.com to vote for your favourite Floyd hits – the songs that receive the highest number of votes will be performed on the night.
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rob beckett comedy fri 14 mar the lantern, 8pm, £10.75, £12.90 incl. bf over 14s, seated show
wittank comedy sat 15 mar the lantern, 8pm, £12.90 incl. bf over 16s, seated show
joel dommett comedy wed 19 mar the lantern, 8pm, £10.75 incl. bf over 14s, seated show
The debut UK tour from the irrepressibly chipper comic is “a little short of a revelation” (The Scotsman) as he regales us with stories of his working class upbringing and upper class girlfriend. “Beckett is a natural, charismatic and confident performer with a self-deprecating humour and a giant, contagious smile,” says The Skinny.
“Extremely imaginative, energetic and surreal sketches” (The Skinny) from the eminently silly threesome as they head back to school. Far from your average comprehensive, this particular educational establishment is filled with loveable eccentrics, deranged lunatics and malevolent buffoons. So sharpen your pencils, straighten your tie, sit still and enjoy “a dazzling display of sketch genius” (The List). As if being “devilishly handsome and wickedly funny” (The Telegraph) weren’t enough, stand-up Joel Dommett is also, according to the Sunday Times, “young, sharp and clever”. See the former MTV News presenter “[bounce] around the stage like a hormonal teenager” (The Skinny) as he shares “hilarious… delightful tales” (Scotsman).
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tom paxton and janis ian folk wed 19 mar 7.30pm, £28.49 incl. bf
northern lights series: finland classical thu 20 mar 7.30pm, u18s £1.08, u26s £8.60, £16.13, £21.50, £26.88, £31.18 incl. bf
jimeoin comedy sat 22 mar 7.30pm, £18.81 incl. bf over 14s
the best in uk stand-up comedy sat 22 mar the lantern, 8.30pm, £13.98 incl. bf seated show
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Two-time Grammy Award-winning singersongwriter Janis Ian shares the stage with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Tom Paxton. Hear songs from each artist’s extensive back catalogue, including The Last Thing On My Mind, At Seventeen, Society’s Child and Ramblin’ Boy. With Robin Bullock.
Conductor: Ben Gernon Violin: Chloë Hanslip Jean Sibelius Finlandia Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E flat Bristol’s professional orchestra explores the atmospheric music of the Baltic region. Buy all three tickets in this series to receive a discount. yes, yes whatever…?!
Expect "proper, traditional stand-up comedy … well thought-out and perfectly delivered" (Edinburgh Festivals) from the star of Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. The Independent calls it "comedy of the highest order" while the Scotsman says it's "stand-up comedy at its best".
Tonight’s comedy showcase stars “a masterful exponent of self-mocking Jewish humour” (The Times). Ian Stone has been described as “a cross between Tony Hancock and Frankie Howerd” (The List) and a “seasoned performer … [with] a brilliant line in political humour” (Chortle). He has appeared on Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and The Comedy Store. With compère and support.
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lloyd cole rock and pop mon 24 mar the lantern, doors 7.30pm, start 8pm, £25.27 incl. bf over 14s, seated show
zimbe! world tue 25 mar 7.30pm, u16s £3.23, concessions £5.38, £7.53 incl. bf
colin hoult comedy fri 28 mar the lantern, 7.30pm, £13.44 incl. bf over 14s, seated show
mozart requiem: come and sing classical sat 29 mar 11am rehearsal £19.35, £21.50 incl. score hire, 6.30pm concert u18s £6.45, £12.90 incl. bf
“Plugging in after a decade spent ploughing the acoustic furrow, Lloyd Cole has come up with what may be his best album,” says The Independent. Standards is Cole’s 12th studio album and has been compared to Rattlesnakes, his groundbreaking debut with the Commotions, “for its classic rock’n’roll references” (The Scotsman).
Zimbe! is a brilliant fusion of traditional African song and jazz, written by Alexander L'Estrange. This uplifting show brings together more than 300 children from Bristol's primary schools, a jazz quintet featuring the composer, and Bristol Choral Society (BCS) – all conducted by Adrian Partington. A BCS outreach project in collaboration with Bristol Sings Music. BCS acknowledges the support of the Paragon Concert Society. characthorse
Shape-shifting, sublime and supremely silly comedy from the Writers’ Guild Award-winner and star of Being Human and Life’s Too Short. “Strap in and enjoy the ride” (Chortle) as Hoult weaves “a frenetic and often deranged tale of make-believe” (Fringe Guru) – a “beautifully staged masterclass in character comedy” (Time Out).
bristol choral society and new bristol sinfonia
Conductor: Adrian Partington Singers of all ages and experience are invited to come and learn Mozart's Requiem ready for an evening performance with full orchestra, choir and soloists.
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lunchtime concerts Colston Hall has joined forces with the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) to present a special series of bite-sized afternoon performances from the rising stars of the classical world. Visit our website or contact the box office for each concert programme.
richard uttley ycat thu 30 jan Piano academy song circle ram tue 4 feb
jorgensen piano trio ram tue 4 mar
kustendyke quartet ram tue 11 mar
imogen hancock & mĂĄire carroll ram tue 11 feb
the deco ensemble ram tue 18 mar
Trumpet and piano
academy song circle ram tue 18 feb
Wigmore Hall songs michael foyle ram tue 25 feb
Violin and piano trio isimsiz ycat fri 28 feb Violin, cello and piano
Accordion, guitar, double bass, violin and piano viviana lasaracina ram tue 25 mar
bartosz woroch and robert thompson ycat fri 28 mar Violin and piano all shows take place in the lantern, 1.05pm, ÂŁ5.38 incl. bf
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To trace the impact of the First World War – the ferment which led up to it and the fallout – is to tell the story of the 20th century and its art and culture. The World Changed focuses on the impact of conflict on the music of this period, exploring the differing reactions of composers and how it shaped their musical styles. For some, it fired already radical imaginations and took their music in new directions, but many others were left deeply scarred, struggling to find answers to the loss of an entire generation and the realisation that life would never be the same again. The World Changed picks out some of the major musical works that came to define the period and sets them alongside talks, films and other special events. The World Changed is a partnership between Bristol Music Trust and St George’s Bristol and forms part of the wider Bristol 2014: The City And Conflict From The First World War To The Present Day.
michael morpurgo war horse: only remembered fri 28 mar st george’s bristol
With Barry Coope and John Tams.
bristol ensemble fri 2 may st george's bristol
Cello: Leonard Elschenbroich Vaughan Williams Wasps Overture Elgar Cello Concerto Bridge Oration, Concerto Elegiaco
voices of silence fri 16 may st george's bristol
Piano: Ashley Wass Music by Chopin, Gershwin, Bridge, Szpilman, Prokofiev and Beamish.
national arts orchestra of canada fri 31 oct colston hall
Conductor: Pinchas Zuckerman Cello: Amanda Forsythe Estacio Brio Vaughan Williams Fantasia On A Theme by Thomas Tallis Bruch Violin Concerto Elgar Sospiri Beethoven Symphony No. 7
To book tickets for events at St George’s Bristol, call 0845 402 4001 or visit stgeorgesbristol.co.uk
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bristol plays music The Remix Academy A range of creative development opportunities for 4-25 year olds at Colston Hall get inspired! 4-6 year olds & 7-10 year olds Saturday mornings, 10.30am to 11am for 4-6 year olds, 10.30am to 12noon for 7-10 year olds Create. Discover. Explore. Inspire.
Get Inspired! Saturday mornings lay the essential foundations for the start of your musical journey through music making, performance, story telling and interactive play. new generation takeover 16-25 year olds
Get involved with our young event producers and programmers initiative. Learn all aspects of event production including programming bands and acts, promotion, artist liaison and stage management.
saturday sessions 11-18 year olds Saturday mornings, 10am to 1.30pm in Unicorns Studios
Songwriting and music technology workshops where young aspiring artists can get expert help and guidance to develop the musical talent and skills they will need to forge a career in the music industry. Activities include singing, guitar, drums, music production, DJing, keyboards, bass, MCing and performance techniques. For more information and costs see www.colstonhall.org/bristolplays-music or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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weddings Looking for a unique location to hold your big day? Whether it’s a grand event or an intimate affair, we offer a striking space with bags of potential and great facilities for all your guests to enjoy. From lighting and catering to theme and style, we’ll help you plan everything down to the finest detail so your event is everything you hope it will be. Our long history of hosting entertainment means we can accommodate the different and the beautiful – the only limitation is your imagination. Whether you dream of aerial displays, roving magicians, a film screening or a rock 'n' roll reception, our staff will work with you at every step to deliver your vision. We offer a range of spaces for you to choose from in both the old and new parts of the building. For understated elegance, we recommend a ceremony on the terrace bar with panoramic views of the city. If you crave a theatrical spectacular for your big day, our main auditorium and The Lantern will satisfy your inner rock star. The best way to start imagining your wedding at Colston Hall is to come and see for yourself. For a private tour or more information, please contact Naomi Easy on 0117 204 7104 or email@example.com
A wedding as unique as you are A unique venue where stunning modern design meets heritage architecture An unbeatable central location right in the heart of Bristol A blank canvas for you to make your own Highly experienced and flexible staff, dedicated to creating your dream day from scratch A different experience for art lovers, music fans or those just looking for something out of the ordinary
we are here Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR
Please note, this programme is correct at time of going to press.
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