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hange is in the air this autumn, with our season ushering in improvements designed to transform your experience at St George’s. Our brochure boasts a fresh look that goes deeper than the cosmetic, with simplified pricing, early bird and subscription offers and a variety of concert start times to suit different lifestyles. Our new box office system means you can now choose exactly where you want to sit when you book online, and our new website will make it easier than ever for you to find out ‘what’s on’. On the classical front we present the game changers who continue to shape music making today, from pioneers like Jordi Savall, Viktoria Mullova and baroque giants, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, through to elite soloists whose thrilling and often daring interpretations seduce audiences both old and new — think John Williams, Alison Balsom, Paul Lewis and Mitsuko Uchida. And change doesn’t come much bigger than the themes dominating a major new series we’re preparing to launch in partnership with Bristol Music Trust later this year. The World Changed — Extreme Times, Extraordinary Music looks at the seismic shifts taking place around the period of the First World War, picking out some of the major works that came to define this period. On the eve of the series, and 100 years on from its premiere, we unleash a stunning 'two piano' version of Stravinsky’s epic The Rite of Spring — don’t be fooled by the slender forces, this is a visceral experience that packs all the power of the orchestral version. Our contemporary music programme is never less than stand out and on page eight our Senior Programme Producer, Phil Johnson, provides an insight into just why the hall works for so many different styles of music. Suzanne Rolt  DIRECTOR


Your beautiful venue Our magnificent listed building in the centre of Bristol was built in 1823 as a grand church within its own gardens, today it plays host to world class concerts, conferences, awards dinners and wedding receptions. The Crypt bar is a unique space to enjoy a drink before, during and after our concerts. It boasts an excellent wine list and a delicious selection of local beers, ales and ciders. To hire St George’s please contact the events team on 0117 929 4929 or email events@stgeorgesbristol.co.uk


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LUNCHTIME CONCERTS St George’s Bristol presents; Bite-sized hour long daytime concerts to brighten up your day. Lunchtime Concerts £8; Free Under-21s & Jobseekers

Lunchtime Concerts Thursday 10 October 1pm

AQUINAS PIANO TRIO Ruth Rogers  violin Katherine Jenkinson  cello Martin Cousin  piano Saint-Saens Piano Trio No 1 in F Op 18 Mendelssohn Piano Trio No 2 in C minor Op 66 Formidable technique, hushed intensity and acute musical sensitivity – the Aquinas Piano Trio provides the perfect opener for our new lunchtime series.

Buy 4 lunchtime concerts at the same time and get a 5th for free (5 concerts for £32) Thursday 17 October 1pm

PRESTEIGNE FESTIVAL 2013 TOUR Claire Hammond  piano Mozart  Variations in C on a Minuet by J C Fischer James Francis Brown David Matthews and Robin Walker ‘Aquarelles’ Robert Peate New Commission Schubert Piano Sonata in A D664 In a thrilling lunchtime concert, pianist Claire Hammond presents classics by and Schubert alongside new works, including a 2013 Presteigne festival commission by composer Robert Peate. “A pianist of amazing power and panache.” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

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Thursday 24 October 1pm

NICHOLAS MCCARTHY PIANO Bach/Liszt  Fantasy in G Minor (arr McCarthy) Fumagalli  Casta Diva from Bellini’s ‘Norma’ Schubert/Liszt  Der Erlkönig (arr Zichy) Scriabin Prelude & Nocturne Op 9 Charbonnet Mappari Strauss/Mann Morgen from ‘Four Last Songs’ Chopin Ballade No 1 in G minor Op 23 (arr McCarthy) This hugely talented young artist had the honour of performing at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games last year. Here he presents an extraordinary programme of romantic repertoire written or arranged for the left hand.

Thursday 31 October 1pm

LISA UEDA VIOLIN Lisa Ueda  violin Daniele Rinaldo  piano Mozart  Violin Sonata in B flat KV 454 Prokofiev  5 Melodies Op 35bis Respighi  Violin Sonata in B minor Our lunchtime series celebrates young talent and identifies the stars of tomorrow – Lisa Ueda and Daniele Rinaldo are two prize-winning musicians whose artistic collaboration is certainly ‘one to watch’ so catch them as they explore the deeply lyrical nature of these three carefully chosen works.


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Lunchtime Concerts

Thursday 7 November 1pm

Thursday 21 November 1pm

Thursday 5 December 1pm

4TUNE

ADAM BROWN GUITAR

COSMOS AND FRIENDS

Yukiko Shinohara & Yuki Negishi  pianos

Programme includes:

Join the talented young singers of St George’s Cosmos Children’s Community Choir as they and invited choirs celebrate the start of the Festive season! Free admission. All seats unreserved.

Kapustin  Paraphrase on Dizzy Gillespile's MANTECA Ravel  Ma Mère L'oye  Schubert-Liszt  Hark! Hark! The Lark Rachmaninov  Suite No 2 Op 17

Villa-Lobos  Prelude No 1; Choros No 1 Bryan Johanson  Magic Serenade  Duarte  Selections from ‘Appalachian Dreams’ Piazzolla  ‘Campero’ & ‘Romantico’ from ‘Cinco Piezas’

Two talented young Japanese pianists present a delightful programme of works for piano duet, including Ravel’s enchanting ‘Mother Goose Suite’ in its original format for 4 hands 1 piano, and Rachmaninov’s Second Suite, a masterpiece abundant with rich, lyrical melodies.

Internationally renowned guitarist Adam Brown presents an eclectic programme that includes Latin American classics by Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla.

Promoted by SGB in association with the Anglo Japanese Society of Wessex

TRIO PETRUS

Thursday 14 November 1pm

JELENA MAKAROVA PIANO Schubert  Piano Sonata in A minor D537 Chopin  Nocturne in B flat minor Op 9 No 1; Nocturne in E minor Op 72 No 1; Nocturne in F minor Op 55 No 1 Prokofiev  'Romeo and Juliet: Ten Pieces for Piano Op 75 (Selection)

Music from Prokofiev’s enchanting ballet score ‘Romeo & Juliet’ lies at the heart of this sumptuous lunchtime recital by prize-winning young Russian pianist Jelena Makarova.

Thursday 28 November 1pm

Peter Hewitt  piano Peter Fisher  violin Peter Adams  cello Beethoven  Piano Trio in D Op 70 No 1 ‘Ghost’ Shostakovich  Piano Trio No 2 in E minor Op 67 Two monumental piano trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich make for a lunchtime concert brimming with drama.

Thursday 12 December 1pm

THE BARBICAN ENSEMBLE Mozart  Serenade No 12 in C minor K388/384a Nielsen  Wind Quintet in A Op 43  Norman Hallam  Dance Suite for Wind Quintet Revel in the beautiful sounds of this new ensemble of five hugely talented performers who are currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. gsmd.ac.uk


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Coffee Concerts

COFFEE CONCERTS Renowned pianist James Lisney returns to St George`s for three Sunday morning recitals that feature first and last sonatas by Beethoven & highlight the seventy fifth birthday of exciting Dutch composer, Jan Vriend. James is joined for two of these concerts by his cellist daughter Joy, who at twenty years old is already one of the most sought after of young British string players. For the second concert he performs with Paul Barritt, his collaborator on the complete Beethoven cycle heard at St George`s in 2003. James’ and Paul’s subsequent recording became Classic FM ‘Record of the Month’ and forms part of Warner Classics` Complete Beethoven Edition. Vriend’s music is sparkling and virtuosic, and a perfect coupling for Sunday morning Beethoven!

CAVATINA Free tickets Cavatina ‘Bringing chamber music to young people, and young people to chamber music.’ Aged 8-25? Then you can enjoy these concerts absolutely free! Visit cavatina.net for further information.

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Series ticket offer Two concerts for £19, three concerts for £27 (tickets must be booked in one transaction)

BEETHOVEN & VRIENDS

BEETHOVEN & VRIENDS II

BEETHOVEN & VRIENDS III

Joy Lisney  cello James Lisney  piano

Paul Barritt  violin James Lisney  piano

Joy Lisney  cello James Lisney  piano

Beethoven – Cello Sonata No 1 in F Jan Vriend – JOY (2011) Beethoven – Cello Sonata No 5 in D

Beethoven – Violin Sonata No 1 in D Jan Vriend – Imagine the Mountain (2007, World Première) Beethoven – Violin Sonata No 10 in G

Jan Vriend – Anatomy of Passion (2004) Beethoven – Piano Sonata No 32 in C Op 111

Sunday 29 September 11.30am

Sunday 13 October 11.30am

Sunday 8 December 11.30am

Tickets £10 Free coffee with every ticket

Tickets £10 Free coffee with every ticket

Tickets £10 Free coffee with every ticket

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BEYOND THE BARLINE — A SERIES OF FASCINATING TALKS Jonathan James and David Bednall return for this popular series of talks illustrating and exploring the works of major composers. Having surveyed Britten and Wagner earlier this year, the first autumn series is dedicated to the other major opera figure to enjoy a bicentenary this year, Giuseppe Verdi. David Bednall looks at his work and the influence it was to have on the next generation, most notably Giacomo Puccini. A hundred years ago, the riotous premiere of 'The Rite of Spring' in Paris became a cause célèbre in classical culture, a watershed moment for both the young Stravinsky and the history of music. In this series, Jonathan James follows the composer's pioneering work from that iconic performance right up to the experiments of his final years in America, celebrating Stravinsky's insatiable appetite for the new and his radical re-envisioning of the old.

Thursday mornings 11am - 12.15pm Tickets £8

October 3 Verdi Part I: Formative years & Early Works October 10 Verdi Part II: The Grand Opera October 17 The Orchestral Writing of Verdi & Puccini October 24 Verismo and Puccini Part I October 31 Puccini Part 2 November 7 Stravinsky in Paris - The Iconoclast November 14 Stravinsky after 'The Rite': Towards a New Style November 21 Stravinsky and the Voice November 28 Stravinsky in America December 5 Stravinsky's Final Frontiers

Don’t miss: ‘The Rite of Spring’ performed by Piano 4 Hands on Friday 4 October at 7.30pm


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t George's is an extraordinary venue whose pin-drop acoustics and intimate setting create a musical magnifying glass where less really does mean more. As a programmer, this is both a privilege and a challenge: you want the best acts available, but they need to work with the hall rather than against it. it's also necessary to continually refresh things by introducing important new work. This autumn's season should fulfil both aims. in our International Jazz Series you can see Hugh Masekela and David Murray big stars who normally play much larger venues - up close and personal, while Kind of Brubeck and Bunch of Fives take advantage of the sumptuous sound to appear completely "unplugged", as artists in the classical series (programmed by Director Suzanne Rolt) do as a matter of course. Here, the opportunity to hear the natural sonic signatures of Matthew Barley, Viktoria Mullova, Mitsuko Uchida, Alison Balsom and Jordi Savall — and all in the same season — represents the essence of St George's great appeal. 

Elsewhere in the programme, String Theory offers a chance to sample folk music's past, present and future, with Ralph McTell, Karine Polwart and star- in-the-making Olivia Chaney; and we go out of our comfort zone with two dates that really deserve attention: the pop-folk "Circus Swing" of Gabby Young & Other Animals, and composer Andrew Smith's 'Requiem' in memory of Norway's tragic Utoya killings of summer 2011. The latter features Arve Henriksen, a vital figure in new European music who we've supported for a decade. Phil Johnson  SENIOR PROGRAMME PRODUCER


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MORNING RAGA

KELLY JOE PHELPS

A special morning presentation of beautiful ragas, the five-note melodic phrases at the heart of Indian classical music, from India’s new star of the sitar, Anupama Bhagwat (in her debut UK appearance) and acclaimed tabla player Gurdain Rayatt.

Timeless Americana and blues from the Pacific Northwest singer, songwriter and guitarist, Kelly Joe Phelps. A genuine original beloved of luminaries such as Bill Frisell and Steve Earle, a live performance by the man is never less than compelling. Re-scheduled from January.

Promoted by St George’s Bristol

“Every word and every note comes from the inside, not just because of Phelps’ lyrics and fine guitar playing, but also because of his clear, in-tune voice, coloured by experience.” WRITTEN IN MUSIC

kellyjoephelps.net Promoted by St George’s Bristol

AN EVENING WITH LAID BLAK UNPLUGGED With support from Miri & Alonestar. For the first time ever, the hugely popular Bristol band Laid Blak perform a one-off acoustic performance, complete with string quartet, followed by an intimate Q & A and a full band set. The urban reggae heavyweights are taking UK Live music venues and festivals by storm. The band have supported Ed Sheeran, The Wailers, Lee Scratch Perry, Desmond Decker, John Legend, Damien Marley and Horace Andy. Full of energy and dynamism, they were named 'Best Northern Europe Reggae Band'. This event is being recorded for a DVD and CD release. facebook.com/laidblak Promoted by Reel Me Records

Sunday 15 September 10am

Wednesday 18 September 8pm

Tickets £10

Tickets £15

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Thursday 19 September 8pm Tickets £15 (£12) Family ticket available


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LATE NIGHT PÄRT Bristol Ensemble Choir of Royal Holloway Rupert Gough  choir director Roger Huckle  leader

September

Early bird oΩer of £10 per ticket if you book by Friday 31st August

Arvo Pärt – Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten for strings and bell; Berliner Messe Tõnu Kõrvits – Kreegivihik (Kreek’s Notebook) In the late night stillness and contemplative atmosphere of St George’s, this concert captures the intoxicating soundscapes of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and Tõnu Kõrvits. The profundity and mysticism of Pärt’s music has secured his cult status worldwide and, with their lush harmonies and hypnotic tide of unfolding musical lines, the Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten and Berliner Messe are extraordinary works that seem almost to be suspended in time. This seamless hour of music promises to communicate at a deep level, creating an intense and affecting experience. This concert runs without interval. The bar will be open from 7pm until 11pm. Promoted by St George’s Bristol bristolensemble.com/ chapelchoir.co.uk

Friday 20 September 8.30pm Tickets £12 £1 administration fee charged per transation plus £1 card transaction fee where applicable


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STEPHEN HOUGH / BRISTOL CLASSICAL PLAYERS

WELLENSIAN CONSORT SPIRITUAL SOUNDS

PASION PURA THE OTHER SPAIN

Stephen Hough  piano Tom Gauterin  conductor

Christopher Finch conductor

Beethoven – Overture to 'Fidelio' Dvorák – Piano Concerto in G minor Op 33 Beethoven – Symphony No 5 in C minor

Allegri – Miserere Tallis – Spem in alium Tippett – Spirituals from ‘A Child of Our Time’ Whitacre – Her Sacred Spirit Soars

Isabel Buchanan  soprano Carlos Alonso  tenor Maria Garcia  piano Gemma De Lacruz flamenco group

Starry soloist Stephen Hough returns to St George's for something of a Cinderella among concertos: Dvorak's beautiful and poetic Piano Concerto in G minor. Folk music and the natural world are reflected in this work's innocence and joy. Either side are two energetic works by Beethoven, one of Dvorák's gods: the arresting overture to Fidelio, and the famous 5th Symphony which ends in a blaze of C major glory.

One of the UK’s leading chamber choirs presents a stunning feast of choral masterpieces for its Bristol debut. Winner of BBC Choir of the Year in 2010, the Wellensian Consort has appeared in acclaimed performances across the UK at venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and St John's Smith Square as well as in frequent broadcasts on BBC radio and television. Its recent debut CD release on the Naxos label has received universal critical acclaim.

“ As Britain’s leading pianist, Hough commands close attention whatever he plays.” THE INDEPENDENT

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The best of Spanish music and culture on the same stage. From the world of Flamenco, classical music (pieces by Falla, Albeniz, Granados and Sarasate), Zarzuela (Spanish light opera), and songs and poems from Federico Garcia Lorca. Experience real passion in a breathtaking experience with this unique selection of music and performers.

“A hugely accomplished choir, demonstrating technical mastery, smooth musicianship, and wonderful phrasing.” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

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Saturday 21 September 7.30pm Tickets £23 (£21), £19 (£17), £15 (£13), £11 (£9)

Sunday 22 September 7pm Tickets £16 (£14), £13 (£11)

Thursday 26 September 7.30pm Tickets £20 (£16), £16 (£12), £12 (£10), £10 (£8)


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MATTHEW BARLEY AROUND BRITTEN Dai Fujikura – The Spirit of Beings (new commission with electronics) Gavin Bryars – Tre Laude Dolce JS Bach – Suite No 5 in C minor BWV 1011 Benjamin Britten – Suite No 3, Op 87 (with visuals by Yeast Culture) Jan Bang/Barley – Noticing Things (remix of Fujikura work, with improvised cello) James MacMillan – And he rose (new commission for solo cello)

September

A feast for the eyes and ears as music and visuals combine for this latest date on Matthew Barley’s extensive ‘Around Britten’ tour. The energetic cellist has literally been to the four corners of the country, taking with him an engaging programme that pays homage to the creativity and innovation of Benjamin Britten. The composer’s Third Suite for Cello is the centrepiece of this engaging evening, which also features the music of Bach, Dai Fujikura, Jan Bang and James Macmillan and remarkable animated film commissioned especially for the tour from artists ‘Yeast Culture’ projected on the big screen as the music is performed. “Barley plays with the micro-instincts of a violinist, shading every phrase with the subtlest of nuances.” SINFINI MUSIC

matthewbarley.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Friday 27 September 7.30pm Tickets £16, £11 Running time 90 Minutes / No Interval

Exhibition: ‘The Third Cello Suite’ by Jane McKay. The paintings, exhibited in the Crypt in September, are Jane’s response to Matthew Barley’s recording of Britten’s Third Suite for Cello. The works were completed in December 2012, each illustrating one movement of the suite. £1 administration fee charged per transation plus £1 card transaction fee where applicable


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THE DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD Ashes to Ashes... The Duckworth Lewis Method are back! Thomas Walsh (Duckworth) and Neil Hannon (Lewis) are delighted to announce the forthcoming release of ‘Sticky Wickets’, the follow up to their acclaimed Ivor Novello nominated 2009 debut, with a long-awaited UK tour in celebration. Duckworth said: “Lewis and myself felt it would be at least 20 years before the world would want another ‘Duckworth Lewis Method’ album. But it rains a lot in Ireland so we revised our prediction of 20 years by using the Duckworth Lewis Method and it turns out we only needed to wait 4 years.” Lewis added: “It’s all Duckworth’s fault.” Blame them both but don’t get caught out. More information to be released after a pitch inspection. myspace.com/dlmethod Promoted by Metropolis Music

IMS PRUSSIA COVE CHAMBER MUSIC TOUR 2013 James Clark  violin Krysia Osostowiz  violin Oscar Perks  viola Rosalind Ventris  viola Steven Doane  cello Herbert Schuch  piano Alec Frank-Gemmill  french horn Faure – Piano Quartet in G minor Op 45 Mozart – Horn Quintet in E flat K407 Brahms – Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano Op 40 Schubert – Overture for String Quintet The IMS Prussia Cove Autumn Tour showcases the work of the Open Chamber Music Seminar in Cornwall. This year’s programme, rich in musical content and variety, features rising star Alec Frank-Gemmill on horn together with the exciting young German pianist Herbert Schuch and renowned British violinist James Clark. i-m-s.org.uk

Saturday 28 September 8pm

Monday 30 September 7.30pm

Tickets £23

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October

PIANO 4 HANDS THE RITE OF SPRING Joseph Tong & Waka Hasegawa  pianos Poulenc – Sonata for Two Pianos Grainger – Fantasy on Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring (2 pianos) Lutoslawski – Variations on a Theme of Paganini Stravinsky’s uncompromising masterpiece remains essential listening and one-hundred years after it was first realised it still has the power to shock and electrify. This performance sees his great work stripped down and presented in it rawest form, on two pianos. The orchestral forces may be absent, but the explosive rhythm and musical brutality are ever present as Piano 4 Hands recreate – with astonishing intensity - Stravinsky’s music, just as it would have been heard in that Paris Ballet rehearsal room in 1913. 6pm – 6.45pm Professor Stephen Walsh gives an insightful lecture-recital/demonstration on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Free to concert ticket holders piano4hands.com

JOSÉ TORRES TRIO Melisa Calero  dancer The José Torres Trio comprises flamenco guitarist José Torres, violist Jasio Velasco and percussionist Karo Sampela and they are joined by wonderful flamenco dancer, Melisa Calero. The trio's music spans the genres of flamenco, classical and jazz offering a new, fresh approach to these traditions. José Torres is one of the brightest young stars in the flamenco world and this concert is part of his debut UK tour a concert not to be missed!

Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Friday 4 October 7.30pm

Sunday 6 October 8pm

Tickets £16, £11

Tickets £21

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THE MOUNTAIN GOATS With support from Alessi’s Ark. John Darnielle has written almost 600 songs now, and some of them are very sad, but they are told in beautiful, unnervingly specific detail because some are true stories about his own life. The Mountain Goats’ latest album ‘Transcendental Youth’ is full of songs about people who madly, stupidly, blessedly won’t stop surviving, no matter who gives up on them. The line up includes Peter Hughes on bass, Jon Wurster on drums and, for the first time, a full horn section. This makes a very joyous noise.

RALPH MCTELL The much-loved troubador of English folk returns for a rare solo performance of songs old and new. Masterly vocals and a virtuoso guitar technique that covers folk, blues and ragtime are the hallmarks of the mature McTell style, together with a peerless catalogue of original material and one of the warmest stage presences in the business. ralphmctell.co.uk Promoted by St George’s Bristol

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Monday 7 October 8pm

Tuesday 8 October 8pm

Tickets £17.50

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BOYAN ENSEMBLE OF KIEV SACRED CHANTS & SONGS OF UKRAINE The Boyan Ensemble is known for its purity of sound, delicately floated pianissimos and breathtakingly brilliant fortes. It makes a most welcome return to St George’s in a programme of spine tingling a capella chants that evoke the spiritual drama and gold-encrusted atmosphere of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. The second half is more light-hearted with a vibrant kaleidoscope of Ukrainian folk songs and a special tribute to the Verdi Bicentenary. “The 26-strong Boyan Ensemble of Kiev absolutely mesmerised the packed audience with their tremendous display of virtuoso singing.” THE PLYMOUTH HERALD

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MOISHE’S BAGEL Playing fiery Jewish klezmer music mixed with moody tango, Balkan grooves and European folk, St George's Scottish favourites Moishe's Bagel are one of the best live bands going. Led by Phil Alexander (Eliza Carthy and Waterson Carthy, Salsa Celtica), the players of piano, fiddle, accordion and percussion - plus Mario Caribe's dancing double-bass - chase each other's tails through a madcap musical progress around the globe. “Exhilarating...breathtakingly intricate, but with the momentum of an express train.” THE HERALD

moishesbagel.co.uk Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Wednesday 9 October 7.30pm

Thursday 10 October 8pm

Tickets £23 (£22), £21 (£19), £16 (£14), £11 (£9)

Tickets £16, £11  U18s

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JOHN WILLIAMS GUITAR The foremost classical guitarist of our time, John Williams is an astounding yet unshowy virtuoso who brings out musical phrases as naturally as he breathes. His technically flawless, emotionally charged and seemingly effortless playing wows audiences worldwide. Moving from magical performances of music of the 17th century to contemporary themes from the films, this revelatory musical experience promises to leave you breathless. “John Williams is the undisputed king of the classical guitar.” THE TIMES

johnwilliamsguitarnotes.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol

BRANDON HILL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Luigi de Filippi  conductor/violin Mozart – ‘Overture’ from La Clemenza di Tito Thomas Linley – Violin Concerto in F Stravinsky – ‘Pulcinella’ Suite Max Bruch – Symphony No 1 in E flat The BHCO welcomes back the distinguished classical violinist and conductor Luigi de Filippi. Continuing to champion the work of the Bath born contemporary of Mozart, Thomas Linley, Luigi performs and directs the Violin Concerto in F. Opening with Mozart’s overture to La Clemenza di Tito, the first half ends with Stravinsky’s neo-classical jewel, the suite Pulcinella.
The orchestra is also proud to be giving the premier performance in Bristol of Max Bruch’s Symphony No 1. bhco.co.uk

Friday 11 October 7.30pm

Saturday 12 October 7.45pm

Tickets £35, £31, £27, £15

Tickets £16 (£15), £14 (£13), £5 (Students and U18s)


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“D yson’s performance brought a prolonged standing ovation.” WEST COAST RAGTIME FESTIVAL, CALIFORNIA

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIES

PHILLIP DYSON PIANO FASCINATING RHYTHM

DAVID MURRAY QUARTET

Charismatic pianist Phillip Dyson returns with a colourful tribute to legendary composer and songwriter George Gershwin, blending the musical traditions of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. In an evening packed with irresistible charm, Phillip recreates the nostalgia and dazzling toe-tapping jazz of the twenties and thirties with music and songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin. This is a unique and very special celebration, accompanied by the pianist’s light-hearted narrative.

An audience with the master! Tenor saxophonist Murray is the most exciting instrumentalist in jazz, his deep, soulful style evident in everything he does, from squawking blues and passionate ballads to big band dates with star vocalists Omara Portuondo or Macy Gray. You really need to see Murray with his own US group, and this one is a killer: Jaribu Shaheed on bass, Thornton Hudson Jr on piano and Hammond B3, and the legendary drummer Nasheet Waits. Murray hasn't played Bristol for 20 years so this is an opportunity not to be missed.

phillipdyson.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol

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Sunday 13 October 6pm

Wednesday 16 October 8pm

Tickets £13 (£8)

Tickets £20, £15

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VIKTORIA MULLOVA WITH ACCADEMIA BIZANTINA Viktoria Mullova  violin Ottavio Dantone  director/harpsichord J S Bach – Concerto in A minor for violin BWV1041 – Concerto in C minor for violin and harpsichord (transcription of BWV1060) – Concerto in D for violin (transcription of BWV1053) – Concerto in E for violin BWV1042 Violin virtuoso Viktoria Mullova was last seen at St George’s performing an intoxicating solo Bach programme. This time she ups the ante, bringing with her the refined and vivacious Italian chamber ensemble, Accademia Bizantina. It’s a rare opportunity to see this thrilling ensemble in action - this is their only concert date outside the capital – and with a scintillating programme of Bach concertos in their sights, it promises to be season highlight. viktoriamullova.com/accademiabizantina.it Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Thursday 17 October 7.30pm Tickets £35, £31, £27, £15

“ Thrilling… sheer passion.” THE OBSERVER


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October

PASION FLAMENCA CLAUDIA CAOLIN Y COMPANIA

MICHAEL PORTILLO A GAME OF TWO HALVES

GATHERING VOICES FESTIVAL OF SONG

A colourful and electrifying Flamenco dance show on tour throughout the UK with international musicians and dancers. The artists are united by the desire to bring some of the Spanish ‘alegria’ (joy) and passion for life from the colourful culture of Andalusia to Bristol. Fabulous dancing, stunning costumes and passionate, alluring music; Pasion Flamenca is a celebration of the many different styles of Flamenco ranging from the exquisitely humorous to the deeply dramatic. Prepare for an evening of sumptuous imagery, vibrant sound and soaring emotions.

It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM. A track record like that suggests to many a privileged friend of the rich and famous with little or no understanding or care for the ordinary citizen. But since leaving the house almost a decade ago Michael has endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for solid workmanship like our great Victorian Railways and his care for the underprivileged (Michael became a Single Mum 2003) and the troubled (Death of a school friend 2002). Listen to his extraordinary story and then feel free to question him about it.

Join in this celebration of the beauty, power, range and inspiration of the human voice at the 4th annual Bristol Festival of Song. Traversing a splendid variety of styles, from contemporary to traditional and from right across the globe, you can encounter improv, jazz, world, classical, shanties, male voice, ladies harmony, vocal percussion, barbershop… the list goes on. The events take place right across the city and into the old Avon area with live performances, interactive workshops, vocal master classes and walkabout acts around the Harbourside.

“ A taste of authentic Spanish culture- stunning.” WEST BRITON

Promoted by Global Promotions

Friday 18 October 8pm

Saturday 19 October 7pm

Tickets £15 (£13)

Tickets £16

£1 administration fee charged per transation plus £1 card transaction fee where applicable

Sessions begin: 10am, 2pm & 6pm festivalofsong.org.uk Promoted by Gathering Voices in association with St George’s Bristol Education

Sunday 20 October 10am, 2pm & 6pm Tickets Session tickets: £5, Free U18s Day Pass: £10, Free U18s


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STRING THEORY

GILGAMESH Over 3,500 years after this ancient Sumerian epic was first outlined on stone tablets, world-class performance storyteller Ben Haggarty and percussionist Manya Maratou bring Gilgamesh to the stage in an extraordinary and powerful performance. This story of a bored tyrant ruling a city so beautiful that even the Gods chose to make it their home, explores the nature of power, the threat of apocalypse and our own mortality. Packed with passion and quick-witted humour, Gilgamesh journeys through a vivid metaphorical landscape of pride, love, retribution and grief. “Vivid, rich and imposingly epic” THE TIMES

benhaggarty.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol Education

BRISTOL ENSEMBLE THE GENIUS OF MOZART Freddy Kempf  piano Mozart – Piano Concerto No 21 in C minor K467 – Piano Concerto No 23 in A K488 – Overture to the Marriage of Figaro The Bristol Ensemble is joined by virtuoso pianist Freddy Kempf, a soloist who has a long association with the orchestra, to perform two of Mozart’s best-loved piano concertos. The Concerto No 23 was written at the same time as The Marriage of Figaro, the overture to which provides a stylish opener for the concert. Concerto No 21 in C, with its poignant middle movement, is probably the best known of all of Mozart’s piano concertos. Freddy Kempf, a master communicator, directs the orchestra from the piano.

ANDREAS VARADY GROUP It's not too long since childprodigy guitarist Andreas Varady - from Slovakia via Ireland - was busking on the streets of Limerick. Now 15, he's on his way to becoming a major international star, with Quincy Jones picking him for the Montreux Jazz Festival and signing him up to his management company, and a new album to be released on Verve. Like Django crossed with George Benson, Varady does speed-of-light single-note runs and dazzling tripleoctave harmonies with a 'feel' that's simply uncanny, as duo partners Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor can attest. His father, Bandi, plays bass, with David Lyttle on drums. “Super-swinging and soulful” GUITAR PLAYER

andreasvarady.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol

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Tuesday 22 October 7.30pm Tickets £13

Wednesday 23 October 7.30pm Tickets £24 (£22), £21 (£19), £17 (£15), £11 (£9), U26s, £1 U18s

Thursday 24 October 8pm Tickets £16, £11 U18s


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“Balsom is… superb… combining technical brilliance with penetrating musicianship — a true poet of the trumpet” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

THE ENGLISH CONCERT WITH ALISON BALSOM Alison Balsom  trumpet Handel – Atalanta Overture Handel – Oboe Concerto No 1 in B flat (transposed to C) HWV 301 (arr. Balsom) Purcell – Curtain tune to Timon of Athens, the man hater Handel – Suite for Trumpet HWV 341 (arr. Pinnock/Balsom) Handel – Sinfonia in B flat HWV 339 Purcell – King Arthur Suite (arr. Balsom) Trumpeters were the stars of the baroque instrumental world, their instrument invoking pageantry, celebration, military conquest and regal grandeur – the instrument of kings and queens. Alison Balsom is twenty-first century trumpet royalty with a sound both noble and nimble, an instrumental Olympian combining sheer musical athleticism with a polished subtlety of a poet. Joined by baroque experts The English Concert she celebrates ‘royal’ music by Handel and Purcell, music of effervescent virtuosity and lyrical warmth. englishconcert.co.uk/alisonbalsom.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Friday 25 October 7.30pm Tickets £26, £21, £16 £1 administration fee charged per transation plus £1 card transaction fee where applicable


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“They certainly deserved the rapturous reception of their audience” THE BRISTOL POST

THE ENGLISH NATIONAL BAROQUE ENSEMBLE

AD PARNASSUM & L’OFFERTA MUSICALE DI VENEZIA

Nicholas Whiting  leader Imogen Triner  oboe Graham Sheen  bassoon Lawrence O’Donnell  bassoon

Riccardo Parravicini  conductor Maria-Lisa Geyer  director

Mozart – Exsultate Jubilate Monn – Concerto for Cello, Continuo and Strings Vivaldi – Concerto for Orchestra Tartini – Concerto for Violin The English National Baroque Ensemble features players from BBC NOW, The London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and English Chamber Orchestra. It returns to St George’s for its annual concert of the great concertos of the golden age of Baroque. This engaging ensemble has developed its own distinct character, style and sound over the past decade, establishing itself as a firm favourite on the UK music circuit. It is acclaimed for its assertive orchestral playing, crisp detail and obvious enjoyment at music making.

Mozart – ‘Bastien & Bastienne’ Ad Parnassum and L’Offerta Musicale return to St George's after their successful production of ‘Dido & Aeneas’ last year with something completely different: Mozart's comic opera ‘Bastien & Bastienne’. Commissioned to parody the 'Pastoral' fashion of the period, Mozart's little Singspiel, written in 1768 when he was twelve, glitters with youthful enthusiasm and musical gems which gives the audience a clear measure of Mozart’s works to come.

Saturday 26 October 7.30pm

Sunday 27th October 8pm

Tickets £16 (£13)

Tickets £22 (£20), £18 (£16), £14 (£12), £12 (£10)


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WILD WORDS HANSEL & GRETEL PLUS+

THE NIGHT OF THE SPANISH GUITAR

We all know the story about the innocent boy and girl who were left in the forest by their nasty parents to starve and die, found a house made of gingerbread and ate the windows that belonged to a witch, who tried to gobble them up, got pushed into a fire, and didn’t see the children escape to live happily ever after. Well that wasn’t really the end of the story, but only the beginning of the trouble…

Javier García Moreno  guitar Antonio Rey  guitar Mara Rey  voice & dancer Toni Rey  guitar

Come and listen if you dare to what happened next. Storyteller Michael Loader spins spells of good and evil, and musicians Liz Purnell and Martin Solomon bubble away with a wicked brew of haunting melodies and devilish song on harp, dulcimer, trumpet and trombone. 10.15am for brave 4-6 year olds (45 minutes) 1.30pm for not-so-easily frightened 7-11 year olds (60 minutes)

Javier García Moreno’s wonderful interpretations distinguish him as one of the Spanish guitar world’s foremost personalities who has a prolific artistic career throughout Europe, the U.S, South America and Japan including recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York and National Auditorium of Music in Madrid. Flamenco prodigy Antonio Rey has won six major awards in the most prestigious of guitar competitions and his fans include the great Gerardo Núñez who produced Antonio’s album “A través de Ti” which showed that not only is he an astonishing guitar virtuoso, but also an original, inspired and often surprising artist. antonio-rey.com

Playshop at 11.30 for all (45 minutes) Promoted by St George’s Bristol Education

Monday 21 October 10am & 1.30pm

Tuesday 29 October 8pm

Tickets £6  Family ticket available

Tickets £21, £16

£1 administration fee charged per transation plus £1 card transaction fee where applicable


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October / November

AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH JOSH RITTER

ASHLEY WASS PIANO BACH TO THE FUTURE

‘The Beast in Its Tracks’, the new album from renowned singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, was released March 5 on Pytheas Recordings. Of the record, Ritter said, “In the year after my marriage ended, I realised that I had more new songs than I’d ever had at one time. Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on ‘So Runs the World Away’, these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness.” Ritter celebrated the release of The Beast in Its Tracks with a North American tour and now brings it to the UK.

Beethoven – Six Bagatelles Op 126 Berg – Piano Sonata Op 1 Franck – Prelude, Choral and Fugue JS Bach/Busoni – Chorale Prelude BWV639 Busoni – Fantasia nach JS Bach Barber – Piano Sonata in E flat minor

“How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions.” THE WASHINGTON POST

joshritter.com Promoted by DHP Concerts

Described as an ‘endlessly fascinating artist’, Ashley Wass is firmly established as one of the leading performers of his generation. He is the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition as well as being a prize winner at the Leeds Piano Competition and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. For this very special and deeply personal recital, Ashley shares cherished works in what is a semi-autobiographical programme that also features on his album of the same name – recorded right here at St George’s Bristol. ashleywass.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Wednesday 30 October 8pm

Friday 1 November 7.30pm

Tickets £18.50

Tickets £20, £16, £11


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November

“Exceptionally subtle & melodic” Q MAGAZINE

STRING THEORY

KARINE POLWART Award-winning Scots singer-songwriter Karine Polwart blends the folk tradition with an adventurous interest in sound and a strong social conscience to make contemporary music of great strength and beauty. Tonight, Karine follows her five acclaimed albums with a brand new show, accompanied by her brother Steven Polwart on guitar and vocals and multiinstrumentalist Inge Thompson. karinepolwart.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Wednesday 6 November 8pm Tickets £16 £1 administration fee charged per transation plus £1 card transaction fee where applicable


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“More than half a century after Dave Brubeck invited listeners to start counting in odd numbers, the music has lost none of its poise... Darius is as cultured a pianist as his father” THE TIMES

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIES

KIND OF BRUBECK US pianist Darius Brubeck pays tribute to the music of his late father, Dave Brubeck, and other modern masters, with his quartet of sax-star Dave O'Higgins, bassist Matt Ridley and drummer Wesley Gibbens. After touring the world with Two Generations of Brubecks, Darius set up the first university jazz degree in South Africa. Expect 'Take Five', 'Unsquare Dance' and more, together with Darius's own, often African-flavoured compositions. The show will be performed "unplugged", without a PA system. dariusbrubeck.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Thursday 7 November 8pm Tickets £16


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“Howling mad & completely irresistible” 6MUSIC

OXFORD PHILOMUSICA BEETHOVEN CELEBRATION Marios Papadopoulos  piano/conductor

GABBY YOUNG AND OTHER ANIMALS

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor – Symphony No 7 in A

When no musical genre seemed to offer a handle for their theatrical mash-up of gypsy romance, jazz style, folk roots and torch-song tenderness, eight-piece troupe Gabby Young and Other Animals invented their own: Circus Swing. Think big emotions and burlesque cabaret meets pop sensibility, with Gabby's witty songs set to a swinging soundtrack of belting brass. Skip the future arena tour and see them now.

Oxford Philomusica makes a welcome return to St George’s with a compelling double bill. Beethoven’s passionate and fiery Piano Concerto No 3 offers glimpses of a new musical era and, when paired with a more mature work such as the brilliantly luminous Symphony No 7, highlights just how far the composer’s style developed through his career.

giftofthegabrecords.com

Pre-concert Recital 6.30pm free to concert ticket holders. oxfordphil.com

Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Friday 8 November 8pm

Saturday 9 November 8pm (Pre-concert Recital, 6.30pm)

Tickets £13, £8 ticket available for String Theory bookers

Tickets £24, £20, £15, £11

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MINIBEATS PERFECT PERCUSSION! Laura Tanner  presenter Jeremy Little & Graham Bradley  percussion Agogos, bells and castanets, xylophones, yedoundouns (African water drums) and zills (Turkish finger cymbals used for belly dancing) - join top percussionists from the Bristol Ensemble and presenter Laura Tanner, as they Crash, Bang and Wallop their way through the wonderful world of Perfect Percussion!

November

UWE BIG BAND

CARA DILLON

The University of the West of England Big Band presents a thrilling evening of Big Band music in which it’s joined by other groups from the UWE Centre for Performing Arts. Expect a relaxed and informal evening with some outstanding and entertaining performances - come along and enjoy a drink whilst listening to some fantastic music.

Cara Dillon is one of those rare talents you only come across a handful of times in your whole life. Her staggeringly beautiful voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song and give it not only profound sweetness but also poignancy and depth. Whether she’s singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration or original compositions, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer. This autumn tour showcases the songs on her new album scheduled for release in October 2013.

uwe.ac.uk Promoted in association with St George’s Bristol, Education

10am Great for kids aged 3-5 11.15am Perfect for kids aged 5-8

“Cara Dillon is one of Ireland’s truly great singers.”

45 minutes / no interval

THE GUARDIAN

Promoted by St George’s Bristol Education

caradillon.com Promoted by Unique Gravity

Sunday 10 November 10am / 11.15am

Monday 11 November 7.30pm

Wednesday 13 November 8pm

Tickets £6 Family ticket available

Tickets £8, £5

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HUGH MASEKELA & LARRY WILLIS It's quite a story: after two-times Grammywinning trumpeter Hugh Masekela was forced to leave South Africa following the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, he eventually fetched up at New York City's Manhattan School of Music, making what was to become a lifelong friendship with the US pianist Larry Willis, a fellow student. Now, Masekela and Willis (who recorded with Stan Getz, Lee Morgan and many more) reunite for a duo programme of their favourite tunes, leaning heavily on the Great American Songbook. With acres of space to roam in, Masekela's delightfully fluttering flugelhorn and incomparable balladsensitivity find their perfect setting. As he is also one of jazz's most charismatic figures, this is going to be a very entertaining, and very emotional night. griot.de/hughmasekela

November

BRISTOL METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA William Goodchild  conductor Nicholas McCarthy  piano Mahler – Symphony No 1 in D Britten – Diversions for Piano Left hand and Orchestra Khachaturian – Adagio from ‘Spartacus and Phrygia’ To celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, Nicholas McCarthy, who played at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games 2012, performs “Diversions” for piano left hand and orchestra, ingeniously written and in the form of a theme and eleven variations. The concert opens with the Adagio from the ballet “Spartacus”, instantly recognisable as the warmly romantic opening music from the TV series “The Onedin Line”. Mahler’s first symphony, a youthful work replete with echoes of a bygone bucolic age, provides a suitably exciting climax to an evening of extraordinary auditory delights. bristolmetropolitanorchestra.com

Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Thursday 14 November 8pm

Saturday 16 November 7.30pm

Tickets £22

Tickets £15 (£13), £11 (£9), £9 (£7)

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LIMITED AVAILABILITY

MITSUKO UCHIDA PIANO GALLIARD ENSEMBLE DANCING BEASTS AT THE POLKA DOT PARTY Agay – Five Dances Parker – Les Animeaux Françaix – L'heure du Berger Patterson – Three Little Pigs (first performance for Wind Quintet) Featuring a witty musical setting of one of Roald Dahl’s famous Revolting Rhymes (in its premiere for wind ensemble no less), the Galliard Ensemble celebrates its twentieth anniversary together with a lively concert championing animal-themed works written or arranged for this formidable combination of five wind instruments.

Schubert – Piano Sonata in G D894 Beethoven – 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli We’re very pleased to have been able to reschedule Dame Mitsuko Uchida’s visit to St George’s, following the postponement of her appearance in January due to ill health. An audience with this remarkable musician is one of the most intense pleasures St George’s can offer, the intimate space allowing a vivid closeup of her artistry at work. In a change to the original January programme, Mitsuko presents Schubert’s sublime Piano Sonata in G and Beethoven’s epic set of variations on a waltz by Diabelli. Please note tickets sold for the original January date will be re-issued with the new date. mitsukouchida.com

Recommended age: 8+ galliardensemble.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol, Education

Sunday 17 November 6pm

Tuesday 19 November 7.30pm

Tickets £10, £6 U18s, Family Ticket available

Tickets £33, £28, £20, £14


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INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIES

MICHAEL JANISCH / BUNCH OF FIVES American bassist Michael Janisch, who brought us last year's great quintet date with Greg Osby, presents his latest London Jazz Festival attraction. Bunch of Fives is another US-meets-UK superstar quintet, with the twin tenor saxes of Alex Garnett (Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, everyone), and New York hot-shot Tim Armacost (Maria Schneider and David Murray big bands), fronting the rhythm section of Janisch, pianist Liam Noble and drummer James Maddren. Expect state of the art improvisation and very hot solos. The concert will be performed acoustically, without a PA. michaeljanisch.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol

RENEWAL CHOIR Kim Samuels  director Janine Morris, Sharon Wilson  soloists Renewal Choir joins with guest artists from Bristol and beyond in a collaborative production showcasing the sound of contemporary gospel music and a range of African-American genres fused with music from the 18th century. Performing alongside a range of solo artists, choirs, vocal bands, poets, musicians and dancers from a community of churches, schools and universities, Renewal Choir’s production culminates in a choice gathering of contributors for the roof-lifting event finale, “Hallelujah”, based on Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. renewalchoir.org

Thursday 21 November 8pm

Friday 22 November 7pm

Tickets £13, £8 ticket available for Jazz Series bookers

Tickets £13 (£10)

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PETER & THE WOLF & OTHER TALES Martin Maudsley  storyteller Eddy Jay  accordion Fiona Barrow  violin A specially commisioned performance interweaving story and sound, brimming with vibrant images and musical delights. Renowned Bristol storyteller Martin Maudsley collaborates with virtuoso musicians Eddy Jay (accordion) and Fiona Barrow (violin) in a brand-new interpretation of this wellloved classic. Their Peter and the Wolf transforms Prokofiev’s original score into a playful interaction between live music and dynamic storytelling.

November

ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT Margaret Faultless  leader/director Robert Levin & Ya-Fei Chuang  fortepiano Beethoven – Overture, Coriolan Mendelssohn – Concerto in A flat for Two Pianos Schubert – Fantasy in F minor for piano duet Beethoven – Symphony No 8 in F

EDINBURGH FRINGE

Not All orchestras are the same...and not all orchestras can match the exuberant and electrifying performance style of the OAE. Their visits are always highlights of our season and tonight’s concert is really something special. Music by Beethoven book ends the concert, with the heroic Coriolan Overture and the heartwarming and carefree symphony Beethoven called ‘My Little Symphony’. One of the OAE’s long-time collaborators, the great pianist Robert Levin, returns with his equally accomplished wife Ya-Fei Chuang for two duets: Mendelssohn’s sparkling Concerto for Two Pianos and a piece from Schubert’s magnificent Fantasy, which thrills audiences whenever it’s played.

Promoted by St George’s Bristol, Education

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60 minutes / no interval Workshop 3.15pm The artists explore the musical and story themes from Peter and the Wolf. Free for ticket holders from both shows young and old “These musicians are 5 star performers!”

Promoted by St George’s Bristol. Supported by

Saturday 23 November 11am & 2pm Tickets £8, £6 U18s. Recommended age: 6+ Family Ticket available

Sunday 24 November 7pm Tickets £33, £29, £25, £15


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ARVE HENRIKSEN, STÅLE STORLØKKEN & CHORALIA Commissioned in memory of the tragic massacre in Utoya in Norway on 22 July 2011, English composer Andrew Smith's Requiem features the trumpet, electronics and vocals of Arve Henriksen, with Ståle Storlokken on keyboards and the voices of Choralia, the acclaimed 30-strong girls’ choir from Wells Cathedral School. The first half of the concert is a duet between Henriksen - one of the greatest stars of European jazz and new music - and Storlokken. Composer Andrew Smith is a choral specialist who has lived in Norway since 1984. arvehenriksen.com

STRING THEORY

URBAN FOLK QUARTET European festival favourites Urban Folk Quartet boast the duelling fiddles of Joe Broughton (who also plays a killer mandolin) and Paloma Trigas, with Frank Moon on guitar, oud and vocals and Tom Chapman on cajon and percussion. Basically, they rock, with a powerful, fiendishly clever instrumental attack plus plenty of subtle touches. “ A palpable electricity surges through the band and into the crowd” SONGLINES

theurbanfolkquartet.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol

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Wednesday 27 November 7.30pm

Thursday 28 November 8pm

Tickets £19, £10 U18s

Tickets £15, £10 U18s

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ELIAS STRING QUARTET BEETHOVEN STRING QUARTET CYCLE IV With Malin Broman  violin Beethoven – String Quartet in F Op 18 No 1 – String Quintet in C Op 29 – String Quartet in A minor Op 132

Series oΩer A top price ticket for two concerts for £35 and a top price ticket for three concerts for £49.50

Friday 29 November / 31 January / 4 April 7.30pm Tickets £20, £13

November

In 2012 the Elias Quartet, one of the outstanding quartets of their generation, set off on their journey of discovery through the greatest cycle of string quartets ever written. Now they’re ready to embark on the 2nd part of the cycle, with three more concerts that each end with one of the late quartets – considered to contain the most profoundly personal and spiritual music Beethoven ever wrote. In the November concert we hear Op 132, a work written when Beethoven was in a state of great emotional turmoil and was recovering from a serious illness; it contains one of his most heartfelt slow movements, an expression of thanks for his recovery. Friday 31 January  7.30pm Beethoven - String Quartet in C minor Op 18 No 4, String Quartet in E flat Op 74 'The Harp', String Quartet in B flat Op 130 and String Quartet in B flat Op 133 'Grosse Fuge’ Friday 4 April  7.30pm Beethoven - String Quartet in B flat Op 18 No 6, String Quartet in E minor Op 59 No 2 'Rasumovsky' and String Quartet in F Op 135 thebeethovenproject.com eliasstringquartet.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol


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November / December

BRISTOL CLASSICAL PLAYERS PLAY MOZART

BRISTOL GRAMMAR SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Tom Gauterin  conductor

The end-of-term concert from Bristol Grammar School is much anticipated by performers and audience alike. Featuring the best of the school’s musical talent in an array of ensembles, it promises as always to be a superb evening.

Mozart – Symphony No 39 in E flat K543 – Symphony No 40 in G minor K550 – Symphony No 41 in C 'Jupiter' K551 Mozart's late, great trilogy of symphonies represents one of the highest peaks of his art. Bristol Classical Players are thrilled to present the playful E flat, glowering G minor and magnificent Jupiter all in one night of unmissable Classical magic. bristolclassicalplayers.co.uk

Saturday 30 November 7.30pm

Monday 2 December 7.30pm

Tickets £18 (£16), £15 (£13), £13 (£11),£11 (£9)

Tickets £8 (£6)

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BRISTOL ENSEMBLE TRAINING ORCHESTRA The Bristol Ensemble Training Orchestra draws on the region's top young talent to give them a unique insight into the professional orchestral world. Part of the training is about understanding styles from diverse eras, so expect a programme ranging from the Baroque through classics by Beethoven and Mozart to energetic modern pieces and even a work the orchestra has created itself. Promoted in association with St George’s Bristol, Education

JORDI SAVALL LES VOIX HUMAINES Catalan musician Jordi Savall has come to define the viola da gamba in the modern age, becoming its greatest exponent and bringing it to millions of listeners - think Pablo Casals to the cello or Segovia to the guitar. He is an exceptional musician and viol master of rare sensitivity and virtuosity, acclaimed throughout the world. Playing on his 1697 seven-string viola da gamba, this solo recital features mainly French and English music, including pieces by viola da gamba masters like Sainte Colombe and the 17th century French composer and viol player Marin Marais. It is difficult to find the words to do justice to the intensity of a Jordi Savall performance so some come and experience it for yourself in our exquisite setting. The

Dedicated to members of the Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Wednesday 4 December 7.30pm

Friday 6 December 7.30pm

Tickets £7, £4 Students

Tickets £33, £29, £25, £15

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BRISTOL CONCERT ORCHESTRA WITH NICHOLAS SHIPMAN Stefan Hofkes  conductor Nicholas Shipman  clarinet Rachaninov – Symphony No 2 in E minor Rimsky-Korsakov – Christmas Eve Overture / Suite excerpts Britten/Matthews – Movements for a Clarinet Concerto Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony is the major work for this evening’s programme, chosen for the excitement of its headlong rushes of genius orchestration caressing the most gorgeous ‘big tunes’ imaginable. In this Britten anniversary year, the thrilling musician Nicholas Shipman explores the rarely heard Movements for a Clarinet Concerto, a concert work realised by Colin Matthews from fragments created by Britten – it was to be a concerto for jazz star Benny Goodman. In the spirit of making a seasonal entrance, the concert opens with some delightful excerpts from RimskyKorsakov’s Christmas Eve Overture and Suite.

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CITY VOICES BRISTOL GREAT JOY! A CONCERT OF CHRISTMAS CHEER Simon Curtis musical director David Doidge  piano City Voices Bristol presents its annual festive feast of Christmas cheer featuring seasonal music old and new with many opportunities for audience participation. Start your festive celebrations in style with songs such as It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Let There Be Peace on Earth and Born is the Light of the World, and then raise your own voices as part of the audience carols: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, Good King Wenceslas and, of course, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

BRISTOL SCHOOLS CHAMBER CHOIRS David Ogden  conductor Martin Le Poidevin conductor Kate Watt  harp Britten – A Ceremony of Carols A musical treat for all the family to kick-start Christmas, as the Bristol Schools Chamber Choir showcases the wonderful vocal abilities of its young performers with a selection of festive favourites traditional and modern. At the heart of the programme is a performance by the Senior Girls Choir of Britten’s beautiful Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by harpist Kate Watt. Promoted by Bristol Plays Music in association with St George’s Bristol, Education

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bristolconcertorchestra.org.uk

Saturday 7 December 7.30pm Tickets £15 (£13), £13 (£11), £10 (£8), £8 (£6)

Sunday 8 December 7pm

Monday 9 December 7.30pm

Tickets £11 (£9), £9 (£7), £7 (£6)

Tickets £9, £5 U18s

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BRISTOL ENSEMBLE HANDEL’S MESSIAH The Choir of Royal Holloway Rupert Gough  conductor Roger Huckle  leader Handel – Messiah Bristol Ensemble and the Choir of Royal Holloway bring Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, to life in a semi-staged performance in the intimate acoustic of St George’s. The choir and orchestra is joined by rising stars of the classical music world to sing the solo arias – released from the confines of traditional rigid staging to allow words and music to truly spring into life. This Christmas, come and experience Messiah afresh. bristolensemble.com / chapelchoir.co.uk

LIANE CARROLL Described by The Huffington Post as "a little like Diana Krall without the bitch", English vocalist and pianist Liane Carroll has been an amazing talent for years but the release of her new 'Ballads' album has taken her to the very top of the international tree. A collection of carefully chosen, beautifully delivered songs from the annals of jazz and pop that mix the familiar ('Mad About the Boy', 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow'), with the imaginatively obscure (Todd Rundgren's 'Pretending to Care'), it's one of the best jazz vocal albums ever. And tonight, especially for St George's, Liane Carroll does the whole thing live, with the album's producer, Grammy-nominated James McMillan, on trumpet and Roger Carey on bass. “Smooth jazz raised to a high art" Independent on Sunday; "a whole new dimension of her talent stands revealed” OBSERVER

lianecarroll.co.uk Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Wednesday 11 December 7.30pm Tickets £24 (£22), £21 (£19), £17 (£15), £11 (£9), £5 U26s, £1 U18s

Thursday 12 December 8pm Tickets £18, £15


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BRISTOL BACH CHOIR CELEBRATE! Christopher Finch  music director Nigel Nash  piano For many regular audience members, Christmas starts here! An institution in Bristol for many years, this sparkling miscellany of carols and Christmas music, old and new, inspirational and entertaining, offers a multi-faceted celebration of the festive season. The readings by members of the Choir, ranging from the deeply spiritual to the frankly hilarious, are eagerly anticipated each year. This year’s programme reflects every aspect of the season with the Choir’s customary musical excellence and a good deal of fun. These concerts are always supported by an enthusiastic audience, so do book early. bristolbachchoir.org.uk

GASWORKS CHOIR Ali Orbaum & Dee Jarlett  conductors Bristol’s original and best-loved community choir return to St George’s to share their latest original arrangements and choral discoveries. With over 150 members, the Gasworks are popular for the warmth and enjoyment with which they perform and the sparkling atmosphere they create at their concerts. Challenging classical music sits alongside stirring ballads, lyrical folk and funky pop songs. Formed by Dee Jarlett and Ali Orbaum in 1997, the Gasworks Choir has been delighting audiences for 15 years and this will be Dee’s final concert before her retirement from conducting the main choir. gasworkschoir.co.uk

Friday 13 December / Saturday 14 December 7.30pm Tickets £21, £18, £15, £11

Sunday 15 December 2.30pm matinee / 8pm Tickets Matinee: £8 (£6), £2 Children Evening: £9 (£8)

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“…a luminous musical collaboration…” THE HERALD

OPERA NORTH THE CROW’S BONES

STEELEYE SPAN WINTERSMITH TOUR

With Martin Green, Becky Unthank, Inge Thomson & Niklas Roswall

Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are back with a new live show and a new project. Maddy Prior - the voice of the band for 38 years - leads a line-up featuring Steeleye stalwart and fiddler extraordinaire Peter Knight, Rick Kemp on bass, guitarists Peter Zorn and Julian Littman as well as Liam Genockey on drums.

Crows’ Bones is a mesmerising collection of ghost songs old and new, pinpointing the essence of what is most beautiful and unsettling in the folk genre. Led by Lau accordionist Martin Green, it is performed by a specially assembled group of folk luminaries made up of Becky Unthank (The Unthanks), nykelharpist Niklas Roswall and singer Inge Thomson (Karine Polwart band). Drawing together songs of murderous visitations and unnatural happenings, Crow’s Bones takes you deep into a musical hinterland of broken music boxes and twisted gramophones to reveal the dark heart of folk song.

Currently collaborating with renowned author Terry Pratchett on a new record based on his Wintersmith novel, their 2013 show sees them debuting new gems alongside the classics that have made them one of the most successful British folk rock bands ever. “Don't miss them...” THE INDEPENDENT

Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Tuesday 17 December 7.30pm

Wednesday 18 December 7.30pm

Tickets £19, £15

Tickets £21.50, (£19.50)


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BRIGHT MORNING STAR FEAT. BELLA HARDY

LA SERENISSIMA A TALE OF TWO SEASONS

Derbyshire's new folk star Bella Hardy presents her cracking Christmas show of seasonal treats ranging from local Castleton carols and smoochy snow-songs to Barenaked Ladies and everyone's favourite Shakin' Stevens number. Anna Massie and Chris Sherburn complete the band.

Sally Bruce Payne  mezzo-soprano

“Is there anything not to like?” MAVERICK

bellahardy.com Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Vivaldi – Sinfonia to L’Incoronazione di Dario RV 700 – Arias from Arsilda and L’Incoronazione di Dario – Concerto Il Grosso Mogul RV 208 – Concerto in B flat RV 367 – Arias from Motezuma RV 723 – Concerto in C RV 191 This truly dazzling period-instrument ensemble continues to hold an exalted place in the realms of Baroque music performance, with audiences energised by the thrilling sounds of its players. Under the direction of Adrian Chandler, the ensemble performs a sparkling all-Vivaldi programme that makes for a glistening highlight of this season’s festive calendar. One-time Bristol University graduate, and leading mezzo soprano, Sally Bruce Payne, joins La Serenissima for an uplifting celebration of Baroque classics. laserenissima.co.uk/sallybruce-payne.co.uk Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Thursday 19 December 8pm

Friday 20 December 7.30pm

Tickets £16, £10 U18s

Tickets £26, £21, £16

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BRISTOL ENSEMBLE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR City of Bristol Choir Roger Huckle  director David Ogden  conductor A glorious evening of festive music performed by the City of Bristol Choir and the Bristol Ensemble under the baton of the entertaining conductor David Ogden; including sparkling arrangements of Christmas music for choir and orchestra, audience carols, readings and Christmas pieces for orchestra alone. “The perfect Christmas concert.” BRISTOL POST

bristolensemble.com cityofbristolchoir.org.uk

BRISTOL ENSEMBLE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL Roger Huckle  director/violin George Kleinsinger  tubby the tuba Get Christmas off to a brilliant start with George Kleinsinger and Paul Tripp’s much loved Tubby The Tuba, an enchanting musical tale that has captured the hearts of children all over the world. The orchestra also plays a wonderful selection of Disney songs, and with plenty of audience participation in festive favourites such as Sleigh Ride and Jingle Bells, this is a seasonal delight for all the family. “Top class ensemble, exquisite performance.” BRISTOL POST

bristolensemble.com Family Offer 1 Two adults plus two children £37 Family Offer 2 One adult and three children £32 Saturday 21 December 7.45pm Tickets £24 (£22), £21 (£19), £18 (£16), £11 (£9), £5 U26s, £1 U18s

Sunday 22 December 1.30pm & 3.30pm Tickets £13 (£9), £10 (£6), £5


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BRISTOL ENSEMBLE A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS Mhairi Lawson  soprano Roger Huckle  director/violin Handel – Gloria Corelli – Concerto Grosso in G minor Op 6 No 8 ‘Christmas Concerto’ Vivaldi – Concerto for Two Trumpets Vivaldi – Nulla in mundo pax sincera Vivaldi – Christmas Concerto An exquisite evening of Christmas music from the golden era of the Baroque including festive music by Handel, Vivaldi and Corelli sung by soprano Mhairi Lawson, one of the UK’s leading early music specialists. With her crystal clear tone and flawless technique, her performance of Handel’s Gloria is eagerly anticipated, a work that was lost for nearly three centuries before a score was discovered in 2001. The piece, scored for solo soprano and ensemble, is virtuosic, expressive and full of intricate and flamboyant vocal writing. The orchestra performs Christmas Concertos by Vivaldi and Corelli, as well as Vivaldi’s joyful Concerto for Two Trumpets. “Such tonal beauty and grace that time seemed to stand still.” THE GUARDIAN

bristolensemble.com/mhairilawson.com

BRISTOL ENSEMBLE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Exultate Singers David Ogden  conductor A glorious evening of festive music performed by the accomplished chamber choir Exultate Singers and professional orchestra the Bristol Ensemble under the baton of the entertaining conductor David Ogden, including sparkling arrangements of Christmas music for choir and orchestra, audience carols, readings and Christmas pieces for orchestra alone. “The perfect Christmas concert.” BRISTOL POST

bristolensemble.com/exultatesingers.org

Sunday 22 December 7.45pm

Monday 23 December 7.45pm

Tickets £24 (£22), £21 (£19), £18 (£16), £11 (£9); £5 U26s, £1 U18s

Tickets £24 (£22), £21 (£19), £18 (£16), £11 (£9), £5 U26s, £1 U18s

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January

January Events On Sale Now

LA NUOVA MUSICA

PAUL LEWIS PIANO

Lawrence Zazzo  counter-tenor

Bach (Arr. Busoni) – Chorale Prelude 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ' BWV639 Beethoven – Piano Sonata No 13 in E flat Bach (Arr. Busoni) – Chorale Prelude 'Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland' BWV659 Beethoven – Piano Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor, 'Moonlight' Liszt – 'Schlaflos, Frage und Antwort' S203; 'Unstern: sinistre, disastro' S208 Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition

Join us for a very special New Year Concert as we welcome back the breathtaking Baroque ensemble La Nuova Musica who are joined this time by world-renowned countertenor Lawrence Zazzo. They ring in the New Year, and our spring season, with a sparkling performance of some of Handel’s most celebrated arias, including Va Tacito from Giulio Cesare, Tanti Affanni from Ottone and Vivi Tiranno from Rodelinda, as well as arias and scenes from Coriolano and Vespasian by Atillo Ariosti, unheard since the 18th century. This brilliantly vivid concert promises to blow away those post-Christmas blues and provide the perfect start to 2014. “Lawrence Zazzo's Ottone, sung with beguiling tonal beauty, was a joy throughout.” OPERA MAGAZINE

lanuovamusica.co.uk Promoted by St George’s Bristol

The perfect Christmas present Treat your nearest and dearest to a Handel / Vivaldi Dixit Dominus CD free when you buy two top and second price tickets

The outstandingly talented pianist Paul Lewis makes a much-awaited return to St George’s following his greatly acclaimed Schubert Piano Series. He strikes out in a new direction with a richly inventive and atmospheric programme that roams from Busoni’s powerful transcriptions of chorale preludes by J S Bach to Beethoven’s fantasy embued Moonlight Sonata and Mussorgsky’s immense showpiece, ‘Pictures at an Exhibition. “Faced with such excellence, a mere critic can only abandon paper and pencil and listen to this heroic but deeply moving young artist with awe and amazement.” GRAMOPHONE

paullewispiano.co.uk Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Friday 3 January 2014 7.30pm

Friday 10 January 2014 7.30pm

Tickets £25, £20, £15, £10

Tickets £28, £24, £17, £13


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JOE VOLK / OLIVIA CHANEY

THREE CANE WHALE

Singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney is the rising star of the UK's new-folk scene. Yet to release an album (there's an EP on Rough Trade), she has collaborated with Alasdair Roberts, Zero 7 and the Unthanks and been tipped as one to watch by Ray Davies and Jarvis Cocker. Her pure voice casts a powerful spell, whether singing her own songs or versions of Joni Mitchell ('A Case of You') and Bert Jansch ('Running From Home'). The show is opened with a rare appearance by Joe Volk, a Bristol troubador signed to Geoff Barrow's Invada label who's now resident in Switzerland. Joe is also part of the band Crippled Black Phoenix. His debut solo album was produced by Portishead's Adrian Utley.

Instrumental trio Three Cane Whale are Bristol's best kept secret: a unique, unpretentious super-group who combine their talents and multiple sound-sources to produce quietly compelling music that's fresh, free and as natural as a daisy on the downs. The secret is also getting out: they're the most critically acclaimed band to emerge from the city for years, whose two albums have racked up the kind of superlatives most groups can only dream about. This show is opened by TCW's special guests Telling the Bees, a cult multiinstrumental group whose "darkly crafted folk" has entranced 'The Wicker Man' director Robin Hardy.

“A star in the making.”

With Telling The Bees

“Think of the way light refracts through a raindrop. Intricate, atmospheric and simply beautiful.”

THE INDEPENDENT

BBC RADIO 2

oliviachaney.net / joevolk.co.uk

threecanewhale.com

Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Promoted by St George’s Bristol

Thursday 16 January 2014 8pm

Thursday 23 January 2014 8pm

Tickets £10

Tickets £12

£1 administration fee charged per transation plus £1 card transaction fee where applicable


Support Us BUILDING A SOUND FUTURE We have been continuing our plans to reconfigure and extend the building and this work will continue throughout next year. The drawings of the proposed development are on display in the Crypt area at St George's. Our fundraising plans are progressing well and if you have any ideas that might help us, or would like to contribute, please email development@stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

GRAND PIANO APPEAL After years of regular use, our Steinway Grand Piano is nearing the end of its concert life and needs replacing. The piano is at the very heart of what we do and essential to our existence as a chamber music concert hall. To buy a new concert grand on a like-for-like basis would cost more than we can possibly afford. Steinway has offered to lease St George’s a brand new concert grand 25% cheaper than the purchase price, spreading the cost over a 10 year lease period. If you love the piano, or St George’s — or both, you can help us by pledging a regular gift over a 5 or 10 year period. We are looking for Sponsors at 3 levels: Piano Key Sponsor  £100 per year Arpeggio Sponsor  £400 per year Octave sponsor  £800 per year Please contact Audrey Michel for further information on 0117 929 4929 or email a.michel@stgeorgesbristol.co.uk


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BOOKING FEES

Booking Information NEW BOOKING SYSTEM We have procured a new booking system powered by Spektrix which will improve your booking experience. Customers will now be able to pick their favourite seats online and Members, Gala Friends, Patrons and Benefactors will be able to book online during our priority booking periods.

OPENING HOURS Our Box Office opening hours will remain the same, Monday to Saturday 12pm – 6pm, with the Box Office remaining open until the end of the interval on concert days and opening one and a half hours before the concert start time for weekend and daytime shows .

WHEN TO BOOK  Patrons priority booking opens Monday 5 August  Benefactors priority booking opens Tuesday 6 August  Gala Friends priority booking opens Wednesday 7 August   Friends priority booking opens Thursday 8 August  General booking opens Monday 12 August Please note that on the first day of Friends priority booking and the first two days of General booking the Box Office will be open from 10am – 6pm.

In April 2013 new legislation was introduced by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills with the prime aim of protecting consumers from being charged disproportionate and non-transparent credit/debit card fees when booking online. In compliance with the new legislation we have changed our fee structures and standardised them across the booking channels. Our fees are clearly stated at the start and end of the transaction process. Booking fees contribute towards the costs of providing up-to-date, reliable and convenient ticketing services to our customers. Credit/debit card transaction fee £1 — charged to all customers per transaction using a credit or debit card online, over the phone or in person. This fee covers the charges from our merchant bank to process the cards and contributes towards the associated costs of providing chip and pin. Administration fee £1 — per transaction charged to all bookers standardised across the different booking methods (online, in person and on telephone). This fee contributes towards some of the costs of providing an in house professional box office service; staffing, ticketing software, printers, ticket stock, IT and telephone lines Postage fee 70p — Tickets can be posted if requested at a charge of 70p covering postage We recognise that booking fees are an unwelcome addition to ticket prices for many of our customers. Standardising the administration fee fairly across the booking channels ensures that St George’s Bristol complies with the new legislation, but we do understand that this will be unpopular with some of our most valued and loyal customers. Further information about booking fees can be found at www.stgeorgesbristol. co.uk/booking. Should you wish to share your opinions on booking fees and pricing in general we welcome your feedback. Please contact Jane Martin, Head of Marketing. Thank you for your ongoing support.


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How to book In person — the Box Office entrance is located on the right hand side of the building, accessible from Great George Street (see opening times above). By telephone — 0845 40 24 001. All major credit cards (except American Express), Maestro and Delta cards are accepted. Online — book online 24 hours a day at stgeorgesbristol.co.uk. If you would like your tickets posted to you, add 70p to your remittance. Otherwise your tickets will be held at the Box Office for collection.

How to book Concessions Concession prices are stated in brackets after the full price. These apply to those in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or benefits, registered disabled, senior citizens, young people under-18 and full-time students. — Please note only one type of concession can be claimed per ticket. Concessions cannot be used in conjunction with any special offer. CAVATINA Free tickets for 18-25 year olds. Group offer One ticket free in every group of 10. Family ticket One child goes free in a family party. Refunds Tickets are not transferable and refunds can only be offered on events which are sold out where there is demand. Latecomers and readmission Admission will be offered at the first suitable break but admission and readmission cannot be guaranteed. — The management reserves the right to refuse admission to any person. Data protection When you book a ticket your details are stored on the St George’s computer database. However, this information will only be used to send you details of events at St George’s and at other arts venues with your permission — Data Protection Act registration number: PZ5013390


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General Information Amplification Due to the nature of our artistic programme, some events are amplified. If this causes any concern, please check with the Box Office when booking. Facilities for patrons with additional needs St George’s welcomes concert-goers with additional needs, the venue is fully accessible from Charlotte Street. Please mention your particular needs to the Box Office when you book and all assistance will be given. Limited parking is available for Blue Badge holders, but must be reserved in advance. Toilet facilities are located in the bar and accessed by lift. Sound reinforcement St George’s Bristol is equipped with a T-loop hearing system. Guide dogs Guide dogs are admitted to all parts of St George’s Bristol. Family friendly St George’s welcomes children but parents are asked to remember that some concerts may not be suitable. Babes in arms and young toddlers cannot be admitted to the auditorium for ticketed events unless otherwise stated. All children must be issued with a ticket. Facilities for cyclists There are a number of bicycle racks at the Great George Street entrance to the venue.

Our Supporters St George’s Bristol would like to thank all of our supporters:

The information given in this brochure was correct at the time of going to print. Programme subject to change. Investment Management

Design: Smith & Milton Bristol Registered Office: Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR Administration: 0117 929 4929 Email: administration@stgeorgesbristol.co.uk Director: Suzanne Rolt St George’s Bristol No 2053843 Registered Charity No 295178 VAT No 821 9681 15

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Paragon Concert Society

The Radcliffe Trust

Garfield Weston Foundation

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Sept — Dec 2013  At a glance SEPTEMBER

N OV E M B E R

Sun 15 10am

Morning Raga

Fri 1 7.30pm

Wed 18 8pm

Kelly Joe Phelps

Wed 6 8pm

Thu 19 8pm

An Evening with Laid Blak  Unplugged

Thu 7 1pm

Fri 20 8.30pm

Late Night Pärt

Thu 7 8pm

Sat 21 7.30pm

Bristol Classical Players/Stephen Hough (piano)

Sun 22 7pm

Wellensian Consort

Thu 26 7.30pm

Pasion Pura  The Other Spain

Fri 27 7.30pm

Matthew Barley (cello)  Around Britten

Sat 28 8pm

The Duckworth Lewis Method

Ashley Wass  (piano) Bach to the Future Karine Polwart Lunchtime Concerts  4Tune Kind of Brubeck

Fri 8  8pm

Gabby Young and Other Animals

Sat 9 6.30pm

Oxford Philomusica  Beethoven Celebration

Sun 10 10am/11.15am Mon 11 7.30pm

UWE Big Band

Wed 13 8pm

Sun 29 11.30am

Coffee Concert  Beethoven & Vriends

Thu 14 1pm

Mon 30 7.30pm

IMS Prussia Cove

Thu 14 8pm

Cara Dillon Lunchtime Concerts  Jelena Marakova (piano) Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis

Sat 16 7.30pm

O C TO B E R Fri 4 7.30pm

Piano 4 Hands  The Rite Of Spring

Sun 6 7.30pm

José Torres Trio

Mon 7 8pm

The Mountain Goats

Tue 8 8pm

Ralph McTell

Wed 9 7.30pm

The Boyan Ensemble of Kiev

Thu 10 1pm

Lunchtime Concerts  Aquinas Piano Trio

Thu 10 8pm

Moishe’s Bagel

Fri 11 7.30pm

John Williams  (guitar)

Sat 12 7.45pm

Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra

Sun 13 11.30am

Coffee Concerts  Beethoven & Vriends II

Sun 13 6pm

Philip Dyson  (piano)

Wed 16 8pm

David Murray Quartet

Thu 17 1pm

Lunchtime Concerts  Presteigne Festival Tour 2013

Thu 17 7.30pm

Viktoria Mullova / Academia Bizantina

Fri 18 8pm

Pasion Flamenca

Sat 19 7pm

Michael Portillo  Life: A Game of Two Halves

Sun 20 2-10pm

Gathering Voices  Festival of Song

Tue 22 7.30pm

Gilgamesh

Wed 23 7.30pm Thu 24 1pm

Wed 30 8pm Thu 31 1pm

Galliard Ensemble  Three Little Pigs

Mon 18 8pm

European Outdoor Film Tour 2013

Tue 19 7.30pm

Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

Thu 21 1pm

Lunchtime Concerts  Adam Brown (guitar)

Thu 21 8pm

Michael Janisch / Bunch Of Fives

Fri 22 7pm

Renewal Choir

Sat 23 11am/2pm

Peter and the Wolf

Sun 24 7.30pm

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Wed 27 7.30pm

Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken & Choralia

Thu 28 1pm

Lunchtime Concerts  Trio Petrus

Thu 28 8pm

Urban Folk Quartet

Fri 29 7.30pm Elias String Quartet  Beethoven String Quartet Cycle IV Sat 30  7.30pm

Bristol Classical Players play Mozart

DECE M B E R Mon 2 7.30pm

Bristol Grammar School Christmas Concert

Tue 3 7.30pm

Badminton School Concert

Wed 4 7.30pm

Bristol Ensemble Training Orchestra

Thu 5 1pm

Lunchtime Concerts  Cosmos Choir & Friends Jordi Savall

Lunchtime Concerts  Nicholas McCarthy (piano)

Sat 7 7.30pm

Bristol Concert Orchestra

Andreas Varady Group The English Concert / Alison Balsom  (trumpet)

Sun 8 11.30am Mon 9 7.30pm

Ad Parnassum and L’Offerta Musicale di Venezia

Wed 11 7.30pm

Wild Words  Hansel & Gretel

Thu 12 1pm

The Night of the Spanish Guitar

Thu 12 8pm

An Acoustic Evening with Josh Ritter Lunchtime Concerts  Lisa Ueda (violin)

Great George Street (off Park Street), Bristol BS1 5RR

Bristol Ensemble  Handel’s Messiah Lunchtime Concerts  The Barbican Ensemble Liane Carroll

Sun 15 2.30pm/8pm Wed 18 7.30pm Thu 19 8pm

Bristol Bach Choir  Celebrate! Gasworks Choir Opera North  The Crows Bones Steeleye Span Bright Morning Star  feat. Bella Hardy

Fri 20 7.30pm

La Serenissima

Sat 21 7.45pm

Bristol Ensemble/City of Bristol Choir Christmas

Sun 22 1.30/3.30pm Bristol Ensemble  Children’s Christmas Carnival Sun 22 7.45pm

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City Voices Bristol Bristol Schools Chamber Choir

Fri 13 / Sat 14 7.30pm Tue 17 7.30pm

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Coffee Concerts  Beethoven & Vriends III

Sun 8 7pm

English National Baroque Ensemble

Mon 28 10am/11.15am Tue 29 8pm

Sun 17 6pm

Fri 6 7.30pm

Sat 26 7.30pm Sun 27 8pm

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra

Bristol Ensemble / Freddy Kempf  (piano)

Thu 24 8pm Fri 25  7.30pm

MiniBeats  Perfect Percussion

Mon 23 7.45pm

Bristol Ensemble  A Baroque Christmas Bristol Ensemble / Exultate Singers


St George's Bristol Autumn Season 2013