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St George's Bristol goes on sale with its Spring/Summer 2019 season

5th December 2018

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A transformed St George’s Bristol is going on sale with the strongest ever programme of concerts and spoken word events for spring/summer 2019.

As well as a refurbished historic main hall, St George’s Bristol has a stunning extension with performance spaces, a café bar, and glass sculpture ‘Apollo’ designed by artist Luke Jerram.

For more than 40 years St George’s, just off Park Street, has attracted world-class musicians and speakers through its unique acoustic. Now it is a world-class venue, keen to welcome more artists, and audience members throughout the day as well as the evening.

Its music ranges from classical, jazz and folk, to world and everything in between, as well as spoken word and family events.

Relaunched as a creative space for music and ideas, there is more emphasis on ‘getting under the skin’ of music, with opportunities to meet music makers and drop into rehearsals.

As well as lunchtime concerts, there are new strands including ‘Artists in Conversation’, and ‘The Listening Room’ where musicians and composers present their work in an intimate space within the Glass Studio.

St George’s ambition is to make music a part of people’s everyday life.

And a new free heritage exhibition ‘Our Story’ gives visitors insights into the original Grade II* Listed building’s past, its special acoustic and role as a concert hall.

Season highlights range from the biggest names in classical, to leading contemporary artists and emerging talent.

They range from international pianists Paul Lewis, Richard Goode and Stephen Hough, to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Florilegium with ‘The Brandenburgs’, Barokksolistene’s The Alehouse Sessions, Ten Thing Ensemble, Solomon’s Knot, and Sean Shibe.

‘Towards Easter’ is a celebration of uplifting and poignant music including the Exultate Singers, Bristol Bach Choir and St John Passion and Marian Consort.

The new season sees the welcome return of St George’s three resident orchestras – Chineke!, Aurora and OAE. Chineke! Orchestra’s performance includes a specially commissioned work composed by James Wilson and inspired by civil rights activist Dr Paul Stephenson OBE. This summer Opera A La Carte presents Madama Butterfly, with a special opera supper menu in the hour-long interval.

Contemporary highlights include Lau, all-female folk super group Coven, Laura Jurd and Dinosaur, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening, Hauschka, and Norway’s best-selling jazz artist Silje Nergaard. The ‘reigning queen of UK jazz vocalists’ Claire Martin joins forces with ‘Godfather of Swing’ Ray Gelato, and legend Georgie Fame is joined by the BBC Big Band.

World music aficionados can look forward to the return of Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali, presented in association with Asian Arts Agency and Dobet Gnahoré, described as one of Africa’s most dynamic performers.

Fun-filled family events see MiniBeats present ‘Brilliant Brass!’ and Wild Words with ‘Sindbad the Sailor’, as well as Matthew Tosh and the Sound of Sci-ence.

And the ever-expanding spoken word programme includes Philosopher in Residence Julian Baggini present Philosophical Times, and interview artists such as Bex Burch and Steve Williamson. Singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn also talks about her memoir A Teenager in Suburbia, with Festival of Ideas Director Andrew Kelly.

There are new bold formats for the venue too, with the launch of Classical Mixtape Live where the brightest young stars perform, with chairs removed from the auditorium, and audience members can bring in their drinks and share their experiences on social media.

Chief Executive for St George’s Bristol, Suzanne Rolt, said: “We have had some wonderfully positive feedback to our new extension and now that it is open throughout the day as well as on concert nights, St George’s is ideally placed to play a part in making music an invaluable part of everyday life.

“There are stripped back ‘from the heart’ solo concerts, intimate groupings of singers and players and exhilarating, large scale orchestras and choirs who fill the hall with the most intoxicating of sounds.

“Make live music your New Year’s resolution. Book up early, get on board and help us spread the word!”

St George’s Bristol is supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Bristol City Council as well as charitable trusts, corporate and individual donors and its members.

View the brochure online here 

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