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Bristol Old Vic, Universal Music Arts
and Entertainment and Watershed present




OVER 2,000 TICKETS AT £12 OR LESS

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SINGING IN THE DARK The Fitzhardinge Consort
A VIEW FROM ALL ANGLES Jan Lisiecki, with visuals directed by John Durrant / BDH (plus From Every Angle at Watershed)
HAUSCHKA WITH ROD MACLACHLAN InsideOut
DANCEFLOOR BACH WORKSHOP Jane Gibson and Peter Gregson
DANCEFLOOR BACH Peter Gregson
VOICES LAID BARE IN WOOD AND STONE VOCES8
THE JULIET LETTERS performed by Jon Boden and Sacconi Quartet
MAX RICHTER: THE FOUR SEASONS RECOMPOSED performed by Daniel Hope and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, with visuals by Play Nicely
THE BULLET AND THE DAMAGE DONE Sleepdogs
SCHUBERT'S SECRETS: AN APPRECIATION OF HIS FINAL MASTERPIECE presented by Jonathan James
SCHUBERT'S QUINTET IN C
performed by Sacconi Quartet and Guy Johnston, captured by Icon Films
HACK THE QUARTET: SHOWCASE produced by Watershed in collaboration with Sacconi Quartet and Bristol Old Vic
NICOLA BENEDETTI: VIBRATIONS with Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk, and visuals by danceoom Spectroscopy
IN A TOWN The Beautiful Machine, directed by Jennifer Bell, cheoreography by Dan Canham
HANDEL'S MESSIAH directed by Tom Morris with Southbank Sinfonia and The Erebus Ensemble, conducted by Simon Over

Inspired by the hugely popular promenade concerts staged at Bristol Old Vic in the 1840s, we're bringing classical music back to the country's oldest (and some say most beautiful) theatre.

#BRISTOLPROMS is a world-class music festival enhanced by a host of digital innovations, which is as informal and interactive as it is accessible and dramatic.


SINGING IN THE DARK
The Fitzhardinge Consort

The Fitzhardinge Consort, one of Bristol's premier choirs, sings a cappella choral music in complete darkness. Proper darkness. Darkness so dark you can't see your hand in front of your face. Technical, 100% blackout. Like velvet. Like chocolate. Like deep dark water. Pure darkness in which exquisite choral music and harmony glow like light.

Repertoire includes Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories with other works by Arcadelt, Palestrina, Eric Whitacre and the Olivier Awad-winning Adrian Sutton (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Coram Boy, War Horse).

Mon 29 Jul
Studio
6pm
(Running Time: 55mins)
£10


Jan Lisiecki:
A VIEW FROM ALL ANGLES
with visuals directed by John Durrant / BDH

JS Bach's Partita No 1, BWV 825
Chopin's Études, Op. 10
Chopin's Études, Op. 25

The phenomenal Canadian/Polish pianist Jan Lisiecki is a singular talent, whose renditions of Mozart and Chopin have earned him fans and awards throughout the world. Filmed from every angle and projected on a single screen behind the performer, the audience will be treated to an up-close and personal performance of the sweeping tones of Chopin's romance-saturated Études Op.10 and 25 and JS Bach's equally lyrical Partita No 1, BWV 825.

Mon 29 Jul
Theatre
7.30pm
(Running Time: 110mins)
£5-£30

And happening simultaneously at Watershed...

JAN LISIECKI: FROM EVERY ANGLE
Watershed screen an intimate, augmented interpretation of the live performance at Bristol Old Vic, using multiple close-up cameras.

Take a look at the trailer below:

Click here to go to Watershed's event page.

Mon 29 Jul
Live Screening
Watershed
From 7.30pm
£8 (£6.50 concs)
Book through the Watershed Box Office on 0117 927 5100


HAUSCHKA WITH ROD MACLACHLAN
Inside
Out

Marvel at the technically deft, music-metamorphosing German pianist/composer Hauschka, last seen conjuring up a city of sounds from his 'prepared piano' during 2012's Bristol Jam. Here he debuts a new collaboration with Bristol-based artist Rod Maclachlan, who will harness a robot camera and lens trickery to explore the inner wonders of a modified piano.

Co-presented with Qu Junktions. Watch the video from Hauschka's Radar above.

Mon 29 Jul
Theatre
10pm
£5-£15


DANCEFLOOR BACH WORKSHOP
Jane Gibson and Peter Gregson

Cellist Peter Gregson and movement director Jane Gibson (BBC's Pride and Prejudice, Associate Director, Cheek by Jowl) inject some string-powered ping into your body by teaching you to move in ways you never thought possible, thanks to the surprisingly dancefloor-friendly cello music of JS Bach. Workshop participants will then perform for the public in Dancefloor Bach (see below) at 6pm the same evening.

Tue 30 Jul
Studio
1pm
£12
(includes entry fee to perform in Dancefloor Bach at 6pm the same evening - see below)
NB Please wear clothes you can move in, no jeans or trainers. Female participants, please wear a skirt if possible.


DANCEFLOOR BACH
Peter Gregson

Inspired by the startling possibility that these exquisite pieces of music were written to be danced to, you can enjoy this concert in two ways. Either sign up for the Dancefloor Bach Workshop to explore their movement possibilities with Jane Gibson (see above), or see the results in this heartbeat-hurrying night for the classically curious.

Cellist, composer and rule-breaker Peter Gregson has premiered work by composers Gabriel Prokofiev, Max Richter, Steve Reich and many more; often collaborating with some of the world's leading technologists, including Microsoft Labs and the MIT Media Lab.

"...at the forefront of the new music scene..."
The New Yorker

See a clip of Peter Gregson's previous work above.

Tue 30 Jul
Studio
6pm
£10


VOICES LAID BARE IN WOOD AND STONE
A multi-site ambulatory performance by VOCES8
First half at Bristol Old Vic, with an easy stroll to the second half at St Mary Redcliffe
Visuals by mr_hopkinson

The award-winning vocal group will perform a concert exploring the ambience of wooden and stone spaces. VOCES8 will lead the audience on a journey from uplifting contemporary and jazz arrangements in Bristol Old Vic, to the solace of sacred music at St Mary Redcliffe, one of the country's most beautiful churches.

ACT 1: WOOD
Bristol Old Vic

Jazz and swing arrangements from VOCES8's albums including Me and My Shadow, Nobody Does it Better, Fever, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Goldeneye.
Performed with improvised live internet visuals from mr_ hopkinson.

ACT 2: STONE
St Mary Redcliffe

VOCES8 perform music across the ages, from the beauty of Renaissance English composers Tallis and Byrd, to Holst, Rachmaninov and Ola Gjeilo, one of the most exciting contemporary composers of choral music.

See a clip of VOCES8's previous work above.

Tue 30 Jul
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
(Act 1) and St Mary Redcliffe Church (Act 2), Colston Parade, Redcliffe, BS1 6RA
7.30pm (Running Time: 110mins)
£5-£30 (one ticket for both perfomances)



THE JULIET LETTERS
By Elvis Costello
Performed by Jon Boden and Sacconi Quartet

A night of heart-on-sleeve emotion and musical reinvention, flushed with the rich timbre of Jon Boden, lead singer of turbo-folk heroes Bellowhead. He joins Bristol Old Vic Associate Artists Sacconi Quartet to perform Elvis Costello's immortal Shakespearean song cycle.

Tue 30 Jul
Theatre
10pm
£5-£15


MAX RICHTER: THE FOUR SEASONS RECOMPOSED
Performed by Daniel Hope and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Visuals by Play Nicely


Filmed live at (Le) Poisson Rouge, New York, Dec 2012

Virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope and the acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra perform Max Richter's take on Vivaldi's timeless Four Seasons.

Rooted in the imagery and language of the sonnets which inspired Vivaldi's Four Seasons, digital artists Play Nicely have created a unique visual accompaniment that responds dynamically to the acoustic characteristics of the live orchestral performance.

The hunters emerge at dawn,
ready for the chase,
with horns and dogs and cries.
Their quarry flees while they give chase.

- Autumn

This performance will also include an introduction to the life and inspiration of Vivaldi and excerpts from Daniel Hope's hit album Spheres.

"The original Four Seasons is a phenomenally innovative and creative piece of work... so dynamic, so full of amazing images... my aim was to fall in love with the original again - and I have."

Max Richter

Please note: Max Richter will not appear in this performance of his work, The Four Seasons Recomposed.

Wed 31 Jul
Theatre
7.30pm
(Running Time: 120mins inc. interval)
£5-£30


THE BULLET AND THE DAMAGE DONE
by Sleepdogs
Composed and performed by Timothy X Atack
Directed by Tanuja Amarasuriya

Sleepdogs present a special late-night remix of their theatre show The Bullet And The Bass Trombone. A fractured narrative comes together around a haunting soundtrack, part-electronic, part-orchestral: a portrait of a city in chaos, an orchestra caught up in a military coup and a new music being made of the voices, stories and sounds that emerge.

"Harrowing, intelligent, beautifully crafted... and ultimately incredibly uplifting in an impossible-to-describe kind of way."
Andrew Haydon of The Guardian on The Bullet and The Bass Trombone

Sleepdogs are Tanuja Amarasuriya and Timothy X Atack. They make stories and prompts to the imagination for theatre, film, sound and online www.sleepdogs.org

Produced by MAYK
Supported by Arts Council England

Wed 31 Jul
Theatre
10pm
(Running Time: 55mins)
£5-£15


SCHUBERT'S SECRETS: AN APPRECIATION OF HIS FINAL MASTERPIECE
Presented by Jonathan James



The late string quintet is one of the most moving pieces in Schubert's repertoire. Using illustrations from the piano and recorded excerpts, Jonathan James will explore what lies behind the quintet's powerful writing and what it tells us about the composer's complex personality and his particular creative genius. Suitable for the lay listener and expert alike, this will be an excellent way of opening your ears to the deeper message of the music when listening to Sacconi Quartet and Guy Johnston (see below).

Thu 1 Aug
Studio
6pm
(Running Time: 45mins + Q&A)
£5


SCHUBERT'S QUINTET IN C
Sacconi Quartet and Guy Johnston

From haunting heartbreak to furious freneticism and pure, soul-soaring joy, the emotions arc far and wide as Bristol Old Vic Associate Artists Sacconi Quartet are joined by cellist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Guy Johnston, to perform what is considered one of the greatest compositions in all chamber music.

Schubert's great quintet will be preceded by a series of structured improvisations. The auditorium will be filmed by Icon Films to create an innovative musical documentary record of tonight's concert.

Thu 1 Aug
Theatre
7.30pm
(Running Time: 120mins)
£5-£30


HACK THE QUARTET: SHOWCASE

A quartet is like a game of chess: simple in its make up and infinite in its possibility. Can new technologies be used to open up and enhance chamber music, and make the audience feel like part of the quartet?

During Bristol Proms, the award-winning Sacconi Quartet will spend two days in a 'hack' workshop working intensively with artists, technologists and producers to explore these questions. This lunchtime talk offers audiences an opportunity to hear about the hack, peer behind the process and play with some of the demos produced.

Fri 2 Aug
Studio
1pm
FREE


NICOLA BENEDETTI: VIBRATIONS
With Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk
Visuals by danceroom Spectroscopy

Bach - Chaconne (from the second Partita in D)
Paganini - 2 Caprices
Ysaÿe - Sonata number 5
Tchaikovsky - Piano Trio in A Minor

What happens to the atmosphere around a performer when they play? How much energy does playing the violin create?

Inspired by Paganini's legendary concert in this theatre in 1831, the prodigiously talented Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti MBE, another former BBC Young Musician of the Year, and a Classic Brit Award-winner last year, plays a special Bristol Proms set, combining virtuoso solo pieces with the exquisite emotion of Tchaikovsky's great trio.

Accompanied by danceroom Spectroscopy's award-winning visualisations, Nicola's dynamic playing will be used to contruct real-time visual representations of how energy fields guide atomic motion.

Supported by University of Bristol.

Fri 2 Aug
Theatre
7.30pm
(Running Time: 105mins)
£5-£30


Post-show conversation

Hosted by The University of Bristol's Institute for Advanced Studies
Sat 3 Aug
Studio
11am-12.30pm


The University of Bristol's Institute for Advanced Studies is hosting an informal panel conversation of the performance - its meanings and effects - here at Bristol Old Vic. This event will be a conversation about movement, sound, vibration and dance, inspired by Nicola Benedetti's recital.

Taking part in this conversation will be:
Neal Farwell, Department of Music, University of Bristol
Shelley James, artist in residence at the Bristol Eye Hospital
Jonathan James, musician and speaker (whose talk on Schubert's late quintet is part of the Bristol Proms)
Stacey McDowell, University of Bristol doctoral graduate, with interests in drama
Dick Penny, Pervasive Media Studio
Ralph Pite, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol
David Glowacki, Project Leader of danceroom Spectroscopy

Click here to register for this free event.


IN A TOWN
The Beautiful Machine, directed by Jennifer Bell, choreography by Dan Canham

The Beautiful Machine presents In a Town, a song cycle of urban life dedicated to unsung everyday heroes. It has been developed in partnership with several of Bristol's creative hubs: Bristol Old Vic's Ferment, the Arnolfini, Mayfest and Theatre Bristol.

Fri 2 Aug
Theatre
10pm
£5-£15


HANDEL'S MESSIAH
Directed by Tom Morris with Southbank Sinfonia and The Erebus Ensemble
Conducted by Simon Over
Conceived by Tom Morris and Simon Over

With soloists Caroline MacPhie, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Andrew Tortise, Neal Davies and Toby Yapp, and Bristol Old Vic Associate Artist Tristan Sturrock playing The Teacher.

Set your spirits free with our characteristically experimental Last Night of the Proms, with Bristol Old Vic Artistic Director Tom Morris's rousing, semi-staged performance of Handel's Messiah, last performed in the Theatre in 1782.

Photography: Simon Annand

Sat 3 Aug
Theatre
7.30pm
£5-£30

Tom Morris's exciting vision for Bristol Proms shows that classical music is not a sleepy, stuffy genre, but a force to be reckoned with..."

Max Hole, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International


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