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HP Presents
#BRISTOLPROMS
In collaboration with Bristol Old Vic and U-Live


The rapturous audience response to last year's Bristol Proms suggested there are no parts that classical music cannot reach. This year, Bristol Proms builds on this success allowing world-class artists to exploit the classical repertoire in an informal, accessible atmosphere, embracing the intimacy of Bristol Old Vic's theatre and the language of digital technology.

an electrifying experience - played with an astonishing intensity and energy. 10/10".

Bristol Post on Daniel Hope's performance in Bristol Proms 2013

Last year's Bristol Proms proved that classical music is alive and can be presented in a myriad of different ways...one of the UK's most inventive and fun festivals.

Max Hole - Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group

Bristol Proms 2014 Programme

Mon 28 July - Bach Night

Bryn Terfel: My Life in Song
The Erebus Ensemble: Bach in the Dark
Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux and Friends
Will Gregory's Moog Ensemble

Tue 29 July - Music In The Shadow Of War

Jonathan James: Inside the Music Series Talk 1: "War And Music"
Ji Liu: Bach and Cage
The Songs That Went To War

Wed 30 July - Pure Music, Pure Technology

Hack the Choir
Jonathan James: Inside the Music Series Talk 2: "Beethoven's Visionary Quartets"

Sacconi Quartet, Beethoven 132
Charles Hazlewood's All Star Collective: A Rainbow in Curved Air with danceroom Spectroscopy

Thu 31 July - Take Me To Your Chamber, 1700 - 2050

Sinfonia Cymru: Towards A Staged Concert
Daniel Hope: Air, A Baroque Journey
Sinfonia Cymru: UnButtoned

Fri 1 August - Musical Encounters

Jonathan James: Inside the Music Series Talk 3: "East meets West"
Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani

#Valentina Lisitsa: Valentina Lisitsa's Music Party

Sat 2 August - Theatre Of Music

Every Voice Is Heard: Wren Music's Family Folk Workshop
John Eliot Gardiner: Bach: Music In The Castle of Heaven
Every Voice Is Heard: Showcase
Jonathan James: Inside the Music Series Talk 4: "Dido and Aeneas"
Tobacco Factory Theatres present Mimic
Dido and Aeneas

Food and Drink for Bristol Proms


Bryn Terfel: My Life In Song

Idris lewis: Cân yr Arad Goch
Meirion Williams: Gwynfyd
John Ireland: Sea Fever
Franco Leoni: Tally-ho!
Schubert: Liebesbotschaft
Schumann: Widmung
Mozart: Io Ti Lascio
Rodgers: Some Enchanted Evening (with soprano Menna Cazel)
Wolseley Charles: The Green-Eyed Dragon
Puccini: Donde Lieta Usci (from La Bohème, with soprano Menna Cazel)
Puccini: O Mio Babbino Caro (Gianni Schicchi)


© Adam Barker / Deutsche Grammophon

Bryn Terfel is a rare and extraordinarily powerful artist who has redefined what it means to be a classical artist. In conversation with John Suchet of Classic FM, Bryn will lead us through the story of his life in music, performing the pieces which have marked his life along the way. Bryn won his reputation through the music of Handel, and it will be an extraordinary thrill to hear him sing in our beautiful 18th century auditorium, which was built as this music was first being written. We will invite Bryn to reflect on what a classical concert was like when he started singing, what it is like now and what it might be like in 100 years' time.

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Mon 28 Jul
Theatre
2pm
£5-£50*
Including Superseats and Standing Room

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Bach in the Dark

Programme includes:
Bach: Jesu, meine Freude
Among other extraordinary pieces

After stunning Bristol Proms last year with a choral concert that took place completely in the dark, Tom Williams is back with a different nocturnal challenge - Bach.

Joined by the Erebus Ensemble, Williams will take audiences on a choral journey through low light, candlelight and absolute darkness as they explore Bach's motets in a delightfully pure setting.

As a pure listening experience, it doesn't get much more intimate than this - book early to guarantee your slot in the follow-up to one of the most rapturously received concerts from last year's festival.

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Mon 28 Jul
Studio
6pm
£15/£12*

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Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux and Friends

The Batiashvili Bristol Proms Ensemble

Bach: Violin concerto in E major (BWV 1042)
Bach: Concerto for oboe & violin in C minor (BWV 1060)
Bach: 'Erbarme dich' from St Matthew's Passion (BWV 244) arranged for oboe d'amore, violin, strings and basso continuo
Piazzolla: Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons): Spring in Buenos Aires (Primavera porteña)


© Sammy Hart / Deutsche Grammophon

With live relay filming in intimate close-up, the phenomenal virtuoso Lisa Batiashvili illustrates her passion for the music of Bach with pieces from her forthcoming album. 

Lisa Batiashvili is one of the rising stars of classical music who is attracting listeners from beyond the realms of classical music. What attracts people to her playing is not only its clarity but the passion that she finds in it. The repertoire she is playing is centred on the music of Bach, though she will also be visiting the fantastically engaging music of Piazzolla. She is a very emotional player and with her husband, the celebrated oboist Francois Leleux she will be playing the startling new arrangement of Bach's Erbarme Dich, within which listeners will be able to understand something about what those two musicians mean to each other as well as what the music means to them.

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Mon 28 Jul
Theatre
8.30pm
£5-£35*
Including Superseats and Standing Room

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Will Gregory's Moog Ensemble

Repertoire will include Bach: 3rd Brandenburg Concerto

The Moog synthesiser: an iconic piece of late 20th century music making technology is turned by maverick composer and innovator Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) to the sublime music of Bach's 3rd Brandenburg Concerto, Christmas Oratorio and a series of other extraordinary pieces.

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Mon 28 Jul
Theatre
10.15pm
£5-£20*
Including Standing Room

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Jonathan James: Inside the Music

Inside the Music: Piano Presentations with Jonathan James

A series to help you get the most out of the Proms' programme, delving into the music and its message.

Jonathan James is a music educator and writer, well known in Bristol for his series of illustrated talks in the city's concert venues.  As a freelance educator he now talks on music throughout the UK, drawing on his experience as a conductor and teacher to find imaginative new ways into explaining the music and its processes. 

The Inside The Music guides to the Bristol Proms programme will be a mixture of presentation and seminar, enthusing and encouraging the listener into a deeper appreciation of some of the week's key works.

Jonathan James has the unique gift to bring a piece of music to life through speaking, which is no mean feat. He is informed, animated, illuminating, charming and never patronising. He has the ability to inspire the casual listener as well as to engage and surprise those who think they know the music well."

Costa Pilavachi: Senior Vice-President, Classical A+R, Universal Music Group International

Talk 1: "War And Music"

The tremors of War often can be heard in music of the time. Some composers engaged with the tensions and horrors of war, while others sought escape through their music.  We will consider in particular Howell's Requiem alongside other music of the time, which reflected the turbulent first decades of the twentieth century.

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Tue 29 Jul
Paintshop
6pm
£5*
jonathanjamesmusic.com
bristol-preconservatoire.com

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Ji Liu: Bach and Cage

John Cage: 4'33
Bach: The Goldberg Variations

His first album went straight to the top of the classical charts, and now's your chance to hear the rising superstar of the piano Ji Liu in the uniquely intimate setting of Bristol Old Vic.

The music of JS Bach and John Cage may seem at odds - one is a master of formalism, the other a maverick experimentalist - but Liu's performance will draw these two disparate composers together in a unique way.

With Liu as a guide through these amazing works, this is sure to be a stellar concert that takes you on a journey through the first years of the 20th Century and the works of genius it produced.

Audiences will be able to see close up Ji Liu's extraordinary and celebrated technique and even inside the piano through a live video relay on stage.

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Tue 29 Jul
Theatre
7pm
£5-£20*
Including Superseats and Standing Room

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The Songs That Went To War

John Tams, Barry Coope, The Erebus Ensemble

Howells: Requiem (1933/1980)
1. Salvator Mundi (O Saviour of the world)
2. Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)
3. Requiem aeternam (1)
4. Psalm 121 (I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills)
5. Requiem aeternam (2)
6. I heard a voice from heaven

Repertoire will also include:
Popular marching songs from 1914
Examples of rural songs from the South Western folk tradition collected by Cecil Sharpe and others
'The Battle of Mons' and other new songs by John Tams inspired by his reflections on the loss of life in the First World War
'Stand To' and 'Only Remembered' from War Horse

The First World War not only wiped out a generation of professional, volunteer and conscripted soldiers; it also, some say, extinguished forever the tradition of communal song in Britain.  John Tams (Home Service, War Horse) and Barry Coope remember the popular songs which soldiers took to war, some of which died out with them.

Alongside iconic First War favourites (by all means sing along), there will be others you will never have heard of and some old songs, newly remade by the chameleon Tams especially for this evening. 

Weaving through the evening, you can also expect surprises from our choir in residence, the Erebus Ensemble, culminating Herbert Howells extraordinary Requiem in it's original a capella version.  This haunting work, later reworked for orchestra in memory of Howell's son, was originally composed to the model of the War Requiem Bristolian composer and Howell's teacher Herbert Brewer and is tonight newly discovered as a War Requiem in it's own right.

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Tue 29 Jul
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
9pm
£5-£30*
Including Superseats and Standing Room

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Hack The Choir

Hack the Choir micro residency
30 and 31 July with a public sharing ay 5pm on 31st July
Watershed

What happens to a performer's heart rate when they sing?
How does a conductor communicate during a piece?

This two-day micro-residency will bring together Bristol Proms Artists in Residence The Erebus Ensemble with technologists David Haylock and Stefan Goodchild, for a series of open experiments in this space.

Drop in to Watershed bar during the two days to watch the adventure unfold, or join us at the public sharing, where you will hear about the process and experience early-stage experiments around how new technologies might augment the performance of sacred choral music.

Watershed is located in the city centre on Bristol's historic habourside.
Click here for directions.

Wed 30 and Thu 31 Jul
Watershed
10.15pm
Free

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Jonathan James: Inside the Music

Talk 2: "Beethoven's Visionary Quartets" 

In his final chapter, Beethoven was both provocateur and prophet. The late string quartets contain some of his most visionary writing, depicting worlds that would not be explored until many decades later. We will decipher his fifteenth quartet, where he gives thanks for being rescued from imminent death, and reflect on the impact of his vision on music to come.

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Wed 30 Jul
Bristol Old Vic Paintshop
6pm
£5*
jonathanjamesmusic.com
bristol-preconservatoire.com

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Sacconi Quartet, Beethoven 132

Beethoven: String quartet no.15 in A minor, op 132
I. Assai sostenuto - Allegro
II. Allegro ma non tanto
III. Molto adagio: ‘Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart'.
IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace
V. Allegro appassionato

The dazzling Sacconi Quartet, associate artists at Bristol Old Vic, follow up their exquisite interpretation of Schubert's Quintet in C (Bristol Proms 2013) and their unforgettable semi-staged Beethoven 131 (Bristol Jam 2010), with the magnificent Beethoven's great Quartet opus 132, performed in the magical intimacy of our Studio.

In collaboration with Judith Aston and her colleagues from the UWE Filmmaking department, the performance will experiment with cameras, multiple projections and vj-ing to explore how a cinematic environment can be created to help evoke the imagination and emotion that comes with the music. Expect a traditional recital performed in a non-traditional setting, creating respectful new ways in to the sublime beauty of Beethoven's late work.

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Wed 30 Jul
Bristol Old Vic Studio
7.30pm
£15/£12*

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A Rainbow In Curved Air with danceroom Spectroscopy

Charles Hazlewood's All Star Collective / danceroom Spectroscopy

Terry Riley: 'A Rainbow In Curved Air'

Charles Hazlewood: Hammond organ
Will Gregory: Organs / saxes
Lloyd Coleman: Clarinets
Ross Hughes: Keyboards & reeds
Ian Ross: Guitars, mandolin & trombone
Alex Vann: Guitars & mandolin
Tony Orrell: Percussion

Charles Hazlewood's All Stars return to Bristol Old Vic with Terry Riley's iconic musical contemplation  A Rainbow in Curved Air ("the most astonishing night of my life," audience member, Bristol Jam 2010), joined by the digital pioneers Danceroom Spectroscopy (collaborators with Nicola Benedetti, Bristol Proms 13) in a truly interactive musical/visual experiment.

Wed 30 Jul
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
9pm
£5-£20*

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Sinfonia Cymru: Towards A Staged Concert

Bach: The Art of Fugue

So much of Bristol Proms is synonymous with technology and a digital future, but this special show will celebrate the technology of the past.

Exclusively using the methods and materials of the 18th Century, Bristol Old Vic director Tom Morris and Bartosz Woroch, guest director of Sinfonia Cymru, will take the audience on an intriguing journey Towards a Staged Concert.

Towards A Staged Concert will explore how we hear a 'musical voice' and discover what that might mean. Then, using staging to illustrate these ideas, visually experiment to explore how we might see the music.

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Thu 31 Jul
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
6pm
£10/£8*

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Daniel Hope: Air, A Baroque Journey

Daniel Hope and Friends

Ortiz: Ricercata segunda
Handel: Sarabande HWV 437 (arrangement Olivier Fourés)
Falconieri: La suave melodia
Westhoff: Imitazione delle campane
Matteis: Diverse bizzarrie sopra la Vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciaccona
Vivaldi: Sonata for 2 Violins: 'La Follia'
Falconieri: Passacaglia à 3
Westhoff: La guerra così nominata di sua maestà
Traditional: Greensleeves
Leclair: Tambourin
Uccelini: Aria Sopra la Bergamasca
Matteis: Ground after the Scotch Humour
Westhoff: Imitazione del Liuto
Falconieri: Ciaccona


© Harald Hoffmann / Deutsche Grammophon

Following the riotous success of his 4 Seasons last year, Daniel Hope returns to weave a spoken and musical journey through the Baroque period, leading up to 1766, the date when our unique theatre was built.

No one who saw his performance last year of Max Richter's re-composition of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons will ever forget it. He is returning this year with something very different: a dynamic journey through the music of the Baroque period, especially re-imagined and inventively staged for Bristol Old Vic's beautiful theatre which he fell in love with last year.

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Thu 31 Jul
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
7.30pm
£5-£40*
Including Superseats and Standing Room

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UnButtoned

Sinfonia Cymru

A new contemporary project by Sinfonia Cymru, UnButtoned brings together the musical talents of the orchestra and BAFTA-Cymru winning musician Tom Raybould (Zwolf) to form a new approach to how classical music can be experienced.

UnButtoned features a live score with heavy electronic influences and classical music elements with visuals by BAFTA-winning motion and interactive design team Rough Collie.

This late-night prom is what the Bristol Proms are all about - innovative, engaging and with a connection to the classical world, all jumbled up and assembled at one of the country's most beautiful venues.

Thu 31 Jul
Bristol Old Vic Paintshop
10.00pm
£10/£8*

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Jonathan James: Inside the Music

Talk 3: "When East meets West" 

Classical music of today is filled with fusion, reflecting our increasingly global society. Some of the most potent and exciting cross-overs come when the very different sounds of East and West are brought together. We will take a brief look at how the Orient has inspired composers since the 1700s and how intercultural projects have become a staple of contemporary repertoire.

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Fri 1 Aug
Bristol Old Vic Paintshop
6pm
£5*
jonathanjamesmusic.com
bristol-preconservatoire.com

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Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani

Bach: Trio Sonata, no 4 (BWV 1019, orig. organ).
Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata for mandolin and BC in D minor K. 91
Takemitsu: Rain Dreaming
Avi Avital: Kedma (which means in Hebrew "Eastwards" or "Towards the Orient")
Vivaldi: Sonata in C major
Bach: Sonata for violin and harpsichord (BWV 1019)


© Jean-Baptiste Millot / Deutsche Grammophon and Marco Borggreve

An encounter between the virtuoso harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani and mandolin artist Avi Avital describing their meeting through the music of Bach. 

From very different backgrounds in Iran and Israel, both men are driven by a passion for their music and contemporary resonance of their instruments, one dating back to the early renaissance, the other to ancient Persia. This is their meeting point.

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Fri 1 Aug
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
7pm
£5-£30
*
Including Superseats and Standing Room

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#ValentinaBristol: Valentina Lisitsa's Music Party

Repertoire to be chosen by the audience from the following:
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
Michael Nyman: 8 pieces from The Piano
Bach-Busoni: Chaconne in D Minor
Beethoven: Sonata Pathetique
Beethoven: Sonata Tempest
Chopin: Etudes, op 10
Chopin: Etudes, op 25
Schumann: Etudes Symphoniques

© Alexei Kuznetsoff / Deutsche Grammophon

The Ukrainian born pianist Valentina Lisitsa is the Internet's first ever classical music star, with over 75 million views on YouTube.

At Bristol Proms, Lisitsa hosts her very own music party. The audience will take creative control, voting on the night from a shortlist of eight pieces including Liszt's Sonata in B Minor and Chopin's Etudes.

During this laid back concert, members of the audience will be offered a unique, close-up experience of a world-class musician in action, with tickets available on on-stage sofas as well as the opportunity to take to the piano themselves during the interval.

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Fri 1 Aug
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
8.30pm
£5-£40*
Including Superseats and Standing Room

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Every Voice is Heard

Folk Workshop for Young People and Families

Wren Music, Roots Acoustic and Toots A Capella

Come and help tell the musical story of Bristol with a family music and song workshop and concert.

The day will feature a mix of workshops and performances led by Wren Music's youth groups Roots Acoustic and Toots A Capella facilitated by professional Wren Music leaders. We'll be exploring new tunes with a Newfoundland connection and sea songs from Bristol itself. Just bring instruments and voices to join in with the workshops - all levels of experience welcome, no need to read music. Wren can provide some instruments.

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Sat 2 Aug
Bristol Old Vic Studio
11am-1.30pm
£10 adults, £5 under 16s*

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John Eliot Gardiner

Bach: Music In The Castle of Heaven

Gardiner is an English conductor, most famous for his interpretations of Baroque music on period instruments with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, but his repertoire and discography are not limited to early music. He founded the Monteverdi Choir (1964), the English Baroque Soloists (1975) and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (1989). Gardiner has recorded over 250 albums with these and other musical ensembles.

In 2013, Gardiner published his acclaimed book Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven.

Sat 2 Aug
Bristol Old Vic Paintshop
1pm
£10/£8*

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Every Voice is Heard: Showcase

Wren Music and the workshop participants 

Join Wren Music and the afternoon workshop participants in a concert that showcases the folk music explored and musical story telling of Bristol.

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Sat 2 Aug
Bristol Old Vic Studio
3pm
£5*

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Jonathan James: Inside the Music

Talk 4: "Dido and Aeneas" 

Purcell has enjoyed an enormous revival from the 1920s on, and Dido and Aeneas is held up as an icon of English opera. It is easy to see why from the music and the well-known lament through to dynamic choruses. This talk will allow time to enjoy the richness of the score and to appreciate why, on musical merits alone, the opera has earned its seminal place in music history.

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Sat 2 Aug
Bristol Old Vic Paintshop
5pm
£5*
jonathanjamesmusic.com
bristol-preconservatoire.com

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Tobacco Factory Theatres Present: Mimic

Performed by Raymond Scannell, directed by Tom Creed

Performed at a grand piano, Mimic is a dark satire exploring imitation, authenticity, and what happens to a nation that leaves its heritage behind. It premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008, with performer Ray Scannell winning Best Male Performer. It is brought to the Bristol Proms by Bristol's Tobacco Factory Theatres, as part of a tour including New York and Paris.

Poetic and prescient, this virtuosic solo performance from Raymond Scannell Infinite Lives, tells the story of Julian Neary, whose childhood gift for mimicry - from Columbo and Jimmy Stewart to Billie Holiday and Morrissey - becomes his ticket out of 1980s Ireland, until the chaos he sees in the outside world reflects his own chaos within.

Like some unhinged 21st Century beat poet in a piano bar...a virtuoso performance"

The New York Times

A compelling constellation...vertiginous, playful and poignant"

Irish Theatre Magazine

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Sat 2 Aug
Bristol Old Vic Studio
6pm
£15/£12*

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Dido and Aeneas

Pumeza Matshikiza to sing Dido

A unique performance of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, featuring star soloist Pumeza Matshikiza, The English Concert and The Erebus Ensemble (Handel's Messiah, 2013).

The iconic British opera will be brought to life in a semi-staged production, presented in candlelight and accompanied by 18th-century flame-powered projection technology.

Co-directed by Tom Morris and John Retallack, Dido & Aeneas promises to be an astonishing conclusion to this summer's Bristol Proms.

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Sat 2 Aug
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
7.30pm
£5-£40*
Including Superseats and Standing Room

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*plus booking fee


HP Presents
#BRISTOL PROMS
In collaboration with Bristol Old Vic and U-Live
28 Jul-2 Aug
In digital collaboration with Watershed

                         

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