FUTURE CONCERTS

Saturday 30 June 2018, 7.30pm
St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol

Stefan Hofkes  conductor • The Choirs of St Mary Redcliffe Church
Charlotte Newstead (soprano) • Martin Le Poidevin (baritone)

Purcell / Stokowski Dido’s Lament
Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

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This concert of two halves opens with Stokowski’s string arrangement of Purcell’s heartrending Dido’s Lament (‘When I am Laid in Earth’), providing an incredibly effective prelude to Vaughan Williams’ empassioned plea for peace Dona nobis pacem (written after the composer’s experiences as an ambulance driver in World War I) and recognised as a neglected choral masterpiece.

For the second half, the incredible Symphonie Fantastique – the ‘programme symphony’ written by a 27-year-old Berlioz telling the (autobiographical) story of “an artist gifted with a lively imagination” who has “poisoned himself with opium” in the “depths of despair” because of “hopeless, unrequited love.” The five movements of this hallucinatory tale include a beautiful waltz, the famous ‘March to the Scaffold’ and concludes at the funeral of the hero attended by sorcerers and monsters.
Or, as Leonard Bernstein put it “Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral.”
Fantastical indeed…

Tickets: £15, £12, £10 (concessions £2 discount), children £1 [+fee*]

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Tickets will also be available at the door (from 7pm on concert night only).

There will be a retiring collection for The Stroke Association

 

This interesting and informative programme on the Symphonie Fantastique is well worth watching:


Saturday 8 September 2018, 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Olveston (BS35 4DA)

BCO Sinfonietta (chamber orchestra) concert

Beethoven Symphony No.6 ‘Pastoral’
Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe

please note this a change to the previously-announced date ]


Sunday 14 October 2018
The Great Hall, Bristol Grammar School

Free concert for children

Full details to be announced

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Saturday 1 December 2018
St George’s Bristol, 7.30pm

Eloisa-Fleur Thom  violin  •  Stefan Hofkes  conductor

Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Overture
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Mahler Symphony No.1

Tickets go on sale summer 2018 – sign up to our email newsletters to receive details as they go on sale.


Saturday 9 March 2019
St George’s Bristol, 7.30pm

Stefan Hofkes  conductor

Bantock The Sea Reivers
Bruch Kol Nidrei
Schubert Symphony No.9 ‘The Great’

Tickets go on sale winter 2018 – sign up to our email newsletters to receive details as they go on sale.


Saturday 29 June 2019
St George’s Bristol, 7.30pm

Stefan Hofkes  conductor

Barber Adagio for strings
Adams Chairman Dances
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Gershwin An American in Paris
Williams Star Wars

Tickets go on sale winter 2018 – sign up to our email newsletters to receive details as they go on sale.


Future main concert dates:

Saturday 1 December 2018 – St George’s Bristol
Saturday 9 March 2019 – St George’s Bristol (please note this is a change to a briefly previously-advertised date)

Saturday 29 June 2019 – St George’s Bristol

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