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Viva Vivaldi

Categories: Concerts, Family
Tags: bristol ensemble, fitzhardinge consort, wiltshire music centre

Friday November 10, 7.30pm at Wiltshire Music Centre Ashley Road, Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom

Bristol Ensemble
Fitzhardinge Consort
Peter Wagstaff conductor

Autumn from the Four Seasons
Concerto for Two Trumpets RV537
Concerto for Two Cellos RV531
Concerto for Piccolo RV433
Dixit Dominus RV 595

Enter a candlelit auditorium, and be transported back to the Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Pieta in Venice where Antonio Vivaldi worked and performed many of his compositions. Adorned by candles, the Bristol Ensemble and Fitzhardinge Consort will perform some of Vivaldi’s greatest works including the stunning Dixit Dominus alongside concertos for piccolo, cellos, and trumpet.


Stroud Choral Society: Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Categories: Choral, Concerts, Family
Tags: bristol ensemble, mendelssohn, stroud choral society

Saturday 18 November, 7.00pm at St John the Baptist Church, Cirencester.
Stroud Choral Society
Stroud Choral Society
Bristol Ensemble
Conductor Simon Bell with soloists
Julie Cooper (Soprano)
Louise Innes (Alto)
Ruairi Bowen ( Tenor) and
Stephen Whitford (Bass)

Mendelssohn Elijah

Mendelssohn’s glorious oratorio telling the life of the prophet Elijah, first premiered in Birmingham in 1846.


Bach, Mass in B Minor – Amici

Categories: Choral, Concerts, Family
Tags: amici, bach, bristol ensemble

Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm at King’s College Chapel South Road, Taunton, Somerset.

Bristol Ensemble
Andrew Trewhella and Gareth Dayus-Jones musical directors

Music by man to inspire God – words taken from Aidan McGee’s poem Ode to Bach’s Mass in B Minor, in which he describes the work as “…a shocking, shaking megatone polyphonic bomb of a wondrous Kyrie Elation”. Amici will be performing this stunning work on Saturday 2nd December in King’s College Chapel, with Bristol Ensemble and prestigious soloists.

Tickets £18 for adults, students £9, under 12s free, available from Taunton Visitor Centre or BOOK HERE

Mishima by Philip Glass – Bristol Ensemble Contemporary

Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: anna thorvaldsdottir, arnolfini centre, bristol ensemble, philip glass

March 14, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Arnolfini 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, United Kingdom
Spectra Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Stringsongs Meredith Monk
Reflections Anna Thorvaldsdottir
String Quartet No.3 ‘Mishima’ Philip Glass
An hour of contemporary music for string quartet, exploring timescales in human memory and the natural environment.
String Quartet No.3 by Philip Glass forms the core of the programme, with the mesmerising cross rhythms and hypnotic quality for which the composer is so well known. Based on music Glass wrote for a film based on the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima, this short quartet references moments in the writer’s life.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s work is deeply inspired by the elemental landscapes of her native country. Her work for strings explores primordial textures, combining emotional intensity with glacial stasis.

A pioneer of interdisciplinary art, for over five decades, Meredith Monk has worked across composition, performance, choreography and direction. She has developed a unique style which links the archaic with the experimental. Stringsongs was written for the Kronos Quartet in 2005, and has been described by critic Tom Service as having a ‘mysterious mythic power’.


Bristol Ensemble: Blown Away

Categories: Concerts, Family
Tags: bristol ensemble, henleaze concert society, wind serenades

Saturday 11 May, 7.30pm, Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Road, Henleaze, Bristol, BS9 4BT


Mozart Serenade for Wind in C minor K.388
Dvořák Serenade for Winds in D minor Op.44

A programme of music for wind instruments performed by players from the Bristol Ensemble, featuring the powerful and characterful C minor serenade by Mozart, a four movement work full of ingenuity, twists and turns.

Dvořák was inspired to write his own Serenade for Winds after hearing Mozart’s B flat major work for wind ensemble, and completed it within 14 days of his return home to Prague. It is unmistakably Czech, an homage to music-making in Czech palaces and stately homes.

Pre-concert talk with Steve Clarke begins at 6.45pm. Doors open at 6.15pm for the talk and at 7.15pm for the concert only.

Individual concert prices

Tickets for Henleaze Concert Society members £15
Tickets for non members £18
Under 25 year olds £5

The ticket price includes a programme and interval drink.

Einaudi meets Vaughan Williams!

Categories: British Composers, Family, New Work
Tags: bristol ensemble, einaudi, vaughan williams

Saturday 18 May, 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Backwell, North Somerset, BS48 3JJ


Bristol Ensemble perform –
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, Greensleeves
Ludovico Einaudi Primavera, Petricor, Devenire, I Giorni
Max Richter On the Nature of Daylight
Astor Piazzolla Summer

The evocative and atmospheric nature-inspired music of Einaudi and Vaughan Williams come together in this stunning Spring concert.

The Lark Ascending is one of Britain’s best-loved pieces of classical music, capturing the character of the English countryside inhabited by the sky lark.

The natural world is also beautifully depicted by the works of Ludovico Einaudi as he takes us through Spring, the evocative Petricor (smell of rain), and I Giorni – ‘In the Days, Our Life’.

Max Richter’s hauntingly beautiful On the Nature of Daylight and Astor Piazzolla’s pulsating tango Summer conclude a fascinating emotional and uplifting programme of music.

Tickets £20 for adults, £10 for under 25 year olds

Gavin Bryars Double Bill

Categories: British Composers, New Work
Tags: 1904 Arts Club, bristol ensemble, gavin bryars

Friday 24 May, 7.00pm at 1904 Arts Club, The Red Lodge, Park Row, Bristol, BS1 5LJ


Bristol Ensemble performs The Sinking of the Titanic by British minimalist composer Gavin Bryars. The work was inspired by the story that the band on the RMS Titanic continued to perform as the ship sank in 1912 and imagines how the music performed by the band would reverberate through the water some time after they ceased performing.

Composed between 1969 and 1972, the work is now considered one of the classics of British classical experimental music. It was first recorded in 1975 when it became the first release on Brian Eno’s Obscure Records.

The programme includes Bryars’ arrangement of the religious song Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet which he heard in London in 1971 whilst working on a film about people living rough in the area around Elephant and Castle and Waterloo Station. In the course of being filmed, some people broke into drunken song – sometimes bits of opera, sometimes sentimental ballads – and one, who in fact did not drink, sang the song Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet.

The programme includes the world premiere of Marcus Davidson’s Felefantasi, a work inspired by the Norwegian Fele, the way it’s played (technique wise) and the music written for it.

Tickets £20 for adults, £15 for students in full time education and under 25 year olds

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