About Bristol Concert Orchestra
Bristol Concert Orchestra (BCO) is one of Bristol’s largest and most versatile orchestras. In recent years, under the expert direction of Stefan Hofkes, the orchestra has built up an excellent reputation, performing in Bristol’s main concert venues with top national and international soloists, attracting critical acclaim.
Apart from its main concert series the orchestra is frequently invited to perform with choirs in and around Bristol. These have included a “Bristol Sings” Verdi Requiem with Bristol Choral Society in 2009 and Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with Colston’s School Choirs in 2010, both at the Colston Hall; and more recently in June 2011 another Verdi Requiem with the South Cotswold Choral Group, in the magnificent Tewkesbury Abbey. June 2013 saw a return invitation to Tewkesbury, to perform Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony and other works.
2010 was the start of a new initiative: the family concert. This first for BCO featured the delightful The Story of Babar the Little Elephant by Poulenc. The orchestra continued this theme in 2011 by participating in a community arts festival in Stoke Gifford, where we gave two workshop performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. In 2012 we gave a thrilling rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite and Finale at Bristol Grammar School; and we returned there in 2013 and 2014 to perform Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker. Most recently, in 2015, we performed The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and a Harry Potter Symphonic Suite to two packed houses at BGS. All of these events featured free admission to the public.
BCO has a sister orchestra, BCO Sinfonietta, which gives summer concerts of classical period repertoire at St Mary’s Church in Olveston. At their most recent concert in July 2015, the orchestra performed works by Schubert, Bach, Handel and Mozart.
BCO is a Registered Charity in England and Wales – 1128196.