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Nicola Benedetti plays Mendelssohn

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Thursday 11 October at 7.30pm, Redmaids’ High School, Bristol, BS9 3AW

Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti violin
Leonard Elschenbroich conductor
Bristol Ensemble

Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7
Maria Walpurgis – Sinfonia from Talestri

Redmaids’ High School, Bristol, is delighted to be welcoming renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti to perform in October. She will be joined in concert by the Bristol Ensemble and conductor Leonard Elschenbroich for a programme including Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Maria Walpurgis’ Sinfonia from Talestri.

This performance will be the inaugural concert given by the Bristol Ensemble in Redland Hall as Redmaids’ High School’s Orchestra-in-Residence.

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A Future for British Music – Bristol Ensemble

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23rd September 2018, 6:30 pm, St George’s Bristol, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
hannah-kendall
Bristol Ensemble
John Pickard Conductor

Hannah Kendall Processional [pictured]
Sadie Harrison Coretta
Andy Keenan For Boola
Graham Fitkin Ardent

New pieces by composers from the Young Composers’ Academy and shortlisted pieces from the NMSW Young Composers’ Prize 2018

The Young Composers’ Academy (YCA) and New Music in the South West help to invigorate the region’s new music scene whilst creating inspiring opportunities for its most talented young composers. Hear Bristol Ensemble performing great new music by the region’s best young composers, alongside recent repertoire classics and music specially commissioned to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Tickets £12, £8 concessions

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NMSW Season Finale & the St George’s Young Composers’ Academy Showcase

Bristol Ensemble at Maldon Festival

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Saturday 30 June at 7:30 pm, St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Maldon CM9 5HW

Bristol EnsembleHaydn Symphony No. 49 ‘La Passione’
Elgar Serenade for Strings
Boyce Symphony No. 4 in F
Grieg Holberg Suite
Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A

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The Bristol Ensemble performs a concert of classical favourites as part of the tenth annual Maldon Festival, which provides music lovers with a feast of orchestras, choirs, musicians and more.

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When The War Came

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Tuesday 12 June at 6.30pm, Bath Abbey, Bath
When the war came
Bristol Ensemble
Jon Monie narrator
Shean Bowers conductor

Jools Scott and Sue Curtis When The War Came

Bath Abbey will be holding an enchanting evening of choral music sung by a massed children’s choir of 300 pupils drawn from different primary schools in Bath.

The children are all part of the Abbey’s Schools’ Singing Programme, which brings the joy of singing to thousands of school children in Bath and surrounding areas.

When the War Came tells the story of six young people from a small village whose lives are changed forever when the Great War comes to them. Words: Sue Curtis; Music: Jools Scott.

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Tea-Time Concert – Bristol Ensemble

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Sunday 15 April 2018, Christ Church, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth at 3.00pm

Bristol Ensemble perform works by Clara Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn

Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor Op.17
Felix Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. Op.49

As part of our Notes for Women project celebrating the music of female composers, April’s recital features Clara Schumann’s lyrical and elegant Piano Trio, together with Felix Mendelssohn’s well-loved first piano trio, one of his best-known works. Tickets £10 on the door.

Slapstick Festival Silent Comedy Gala

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Friday 26th January at 7.30pm, Colston Hall, Bristol

Silent Comedy Gala Billboard

Bristol’s stand-out annual comedy celebration returns for a fourteenth edition at Colston Hall – a unique celebration of the best onscreen classic silent comedy, live music and guest appearances by living legends of British comedy.

The host for this year’s gala show is soon to be announced and the film programme is an incredible triple-bill of laugh-out-loud comedy classics all accompanied by world class live musical accompaniment.

Buster Keaton’s best loved and most innovative film Sherlock Jr (1924) joins Charlie Chaplin’s A Dog’s Life (1918) to headline the show with live music.

Sherlock Jr is accompanied by the world premiere of a new, semi-improvised score composed by Guenter A. Buchwald and performed by the renowned European Silent Screen Virtuosi and members of Bristol Ensemble. A Dog’s Life features Chaplin’s own composition for the film and will be performed by a 15-piece Bristol Ensemble conducted by maestro Guenter A. Buchwald.

Plus: Laurel & Hardy’s hilarious comedy short Angora Love (1929) and live performance from innovative, award-winning visual comedy performers The Kagools and with our exciting guest host this looks like being our finest and funniest Gala event to date!

£10.50 to £60.00 incl. booking fee

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Black Plays Bach Concerti

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Thursday 18th January 2018 at 7.30pm, Kings Place, London
Virginia Black harpsichord

Haydn Symphony No. 49 in F minor La Passione
Bach Concerto No. 4 in A, BWV 1055
Mozart Divertimento in F, K138
Bach Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052

The Bristol Ensemble
Virginia Black piano

After a dazzling international career as a virtuoso harpsichordist, Virginia Black has turned full circle and returned to her roots as a pianist. Having played the Bach concertos on the harpsichord, Virginia has now teamed with the Bristol Ensemble, known for its work with outstanding international artists and soloists, to reprise the concertos on the piano. The Bristol Ensemble will perform as a small chamber orchestra for this concert, providing the perfect foil for the piano.

The contrast between the powerful and expressive D minor concerto and the exuberant passion of the A major concerto will provide a fascinating demonstration of the power of Bach’s mastery of the concerto format. Together, they form an exquisite demonstration of Baroque ensemble music–making. The evening will also include the Bristol Ensemble playing works by Haydn, the dark hued Symphony No. 49 and Mozart’s graceful and charming Divertimento in F major.

‘Virginia Black is a communicative artist, extrovert, colourful, spontaneous but with a deep sense of poetry.’ Gramophone
‘Black’s intimate style… yields arresting results… lilting, relaxed and gorgeously inflected.’ Gramophone

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Bristol Ensemble’s Festive Fiesta

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22nd December 2017 at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR

bristol ensemble festive fiesta

A feel-good festive evening of carols and Christmas music – come and sing all your festive favourites with members of City of Bristol Choir, accompanied by The Bristol Ensemble and led in entertaining style by David Ogden. Bring the family for a wonderful evening of singing.

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Tewkesbury Abbey, Christmas Messiah

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Saturday December 16th, 2017 at 7.00pm – Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum

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A performance of Handel’s Messiah with Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, accompanied by the Bristol Ensemble, conducted by Simon Bell with soloists Kirsty Hopkins (soprano), Tom Lilburn (counter-tenor), Julian Stocker (tenor) and Julian Empett (bass).

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Bristol Ensemble play Mozart and Brahms

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Sunday 22 October, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Christ Church, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth GL6 0DQ
Dave Pagett

Bristol Ensemble continue their series of Teatime Concerts at various venues in Bristol.
For this concert at Christ Church, Nailsworth, the programme includes
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Mozart Clarinet Quintet

Dave Pagett clarinet
Roger Huckle and Rachel Gough violins
Carl Hill viola
Juliet McCarthy cello

Mozart’s sublimely beautiful Clarinet Quintet, one of the most well-loved chamber works for its exquisitely-crafted melodic lines,
is paired with Brahms’ lively and passionate Hungarian Dances, based on traditional folk tunes.

Tickets £10 on the door.

Bristol Ensemble: Teatime Concert

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September 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Christ Church, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth GL6 0DQ
Papa Haydn

Bristol Ensemble continue their series of Teatime Concerts at various venues in Bristol.
For this concert at Christ Church, Nailsworth, the programme includes
Haydn Piano Trio No.44 in E major
Schubert Piano Trio No.2 in E flat major D.929

Yoshiko Endo piano
Roger Huckle violin
Alison Gillies cello

Tickets £10 on the door.

Bristol Harbour Festival

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Sunday 23rd July, SS Great Britain, Bristol, 5.30pm
Bristol Harbour Festival

Handel’s Water Music 300th Anniversary celebrated at Bristol Harbour Festival

The Bristol Ensemble will take centre stage at this year’s Bristol Harbour Festival which will conclude with a 45-minute performance of Handel’s Water Music in the Floating Harbour at 5.30pm on Sunday 23 July. The Bristol Ensemble will perform on a flotilla of boats, with flares marking the finale beside Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

The dramatic performance will mark the 300th anniversary of the first legendary performance of the famous piece. In July 1717, the premiere was given in front of the King and his court aboard a flotilla of boats on the River Thames, so it is fitting that this recreation will take place on the water beside one of Bristol’s most exciting historic landmarks: Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Brunel was a great fan of Handel’s music, and requested that ‘See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes’ from Judas Maccabaeus was performed at an underwater party held inside his new Thames Tunnel during its construction in the 1820s; Brunel later had the same piece performed at an event marking the completion of the Royal Albert Bridge, Plymouth.

Bristol’s 300th anniversary performance of Handel’s Water Music is possible thanks to public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Earlier on Sunday 23 July, children from local primary schools involved with ‘Preludes’ music project will perform a new composition on the SS Great Britain and BBC Radio Bristol stage in Brunel Square. They will work with ‘Preludes’ teachers and musicians from the Bristol Ensemble, taking inspiration from Handel’s Water Music before premiering their Bristol Harbour Festival performance.

For more information on the performance including details of the flotilla route and timings follow the link

BRISTOL HARBOUR FESTIVAL

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300th Anniversary of Handel’s Water Music

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Friday 14th July, Cedars Hall, Wells, Wells Cathedral School, Wells BA5 2ST, 7.00pm
Handel's Water Music

Handel’s Water Music 300th Anniversary

Bristol Ensemble
Louise Innes mezzo soprano
A special anniversary performance of Handel’s Water Music and other treats, first played to a royal audience on the River Thames 300 years ago almost to the day, and now the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s evening in sight of Wells Cathedral.

All ticket prices include strawberries and cream.
There will be a long supper interval of 45 minutes for each concert. Drinks and some light catering will be available to purchase on the night or please feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy on Cedars Lawn.
Tickets £14, £18, £23 available online or from the box office by telephone on 01749 834483 or email boxoffice@wells.cathedral.school. The box office is open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

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Wotton Arts Festival

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Saturday 6 May at 7.30pm, St Mary’s parish church, Wotton-under-Edge
Wotton Arts Festival
The Bristol Ensemble is joined by Wotton-under-Edge local young musician Ella York, who will perform the Oboe Concerto in D minor by Alessandro Marcello. The programme also includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5, Suite Antique by Rutter, a Beatles’ medley and Piazzolla’s tangos.

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Beethoven for Henleaze Concert Society

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Saturday 22 April at 7.30pm, Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Road, Bristol
Tea-Time Concert
We welcome the virtuosic pianist Viv McLean back to the Henleaze Concert Society series to perform a chamber arrangement of Beethoven’s mighty and majestic ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto No. 5. The programme also includes music by Mozart and Strauss. Tickets from Opus 13 Music shop on 0117 923 0164 or online – follow link.

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MacMillan St Luke Passion

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Saturday 1 April at 7.30pm, Bristol Cathedral
Bristol Bach ChoirBristol Ensemble joins the Bristol Bach Choir and The Red Maids’ School Chamber Choir for an evening of passion, power, precision and poignancy in this performance of MacMillan’s St Luke Passion. The programme also includes Barber’s intensely moving Adagio for Strings and Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah.

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Bath Abbey Christmas Story

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Jools Scott

Jools Scott

Bristol Ensemble

December 10, 2016, 7:00 pm
Bath Abbey
Bath

Shean Bowers conducts the world premiere of And There Was Light by Jools Scott, performed by the Boys’ and Girls’ choirs and Melody Makers of Bath Abbey and the Bristol Ensemble, with narration from Tim Delap (History Boys, Woman In Black). This 55 minute Christmas extravaganza is a fresh telling of an old story, with familiar carols and melodies, two new carols with words by Sue Curtis, framed by narrated passages from the King James’ Bible Christmas story.

Not to be missed!

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Viv McLean plays Gershwin

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April Tea-Time ConcertSunday 3 April at 3pm
Christ Church, Nailsworth

Viv McLean made a huge impression on our audiences last year and he‘s back with us in Nailsworth to perform Gershwin’s iconic work Rhapsody in Blue, and Beethoven’s mighty Fourth Piano Concerto in an arrangement for chamber ensemble. Tickets £10 on the door.

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Bristol Ensemble Tea-Time Concert

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Tea-Time ConcertTea-Time Concert
Sunday 6 March at 3pm
Christ Church, Nailsworth

A performance of Schubert’s lively and lyrical Piano Trio in B flat. Pianist Yoshiko Endo performs Erik Satie’s beautiful and hypnotic work for solo piano, the Gymnopédie No.1. Tickets £10 on the door.

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Sensational Strings

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Sensational StringsSaturday 5 March at 7.30pm
Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Road, Bristol

The strings take centre stage in this programme that ranges from Mozart’s elegant Divertimento in D to Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge. Tickets from Opus 13 Music shop on 0117 923 0164

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