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A collaboration between Bristol Old Vic and U-Live


Now in its third year, Bristol Proms is back, continuing its tradition of inviting world-class artists to explore the classical repertoire in an informal, accessible atmosphere, and embracing the intimacy and unparalleled acoustics of Bristol Old Vic's Theatre. This year's line-up features today's most celebrated performers including Daniel Hope, Milos Karadaglic, Alison Balsom, Hakon and Mari Samuelsen, Jan Lisiecki and Pumeza Matshikiza. We welcome back The Erebus Ensemble for the finale of the week: Songs of Hope - In 40 Voices.

Here's the full line-up:

Six with Jonathan James
Talk 1: Beethoven Unwrapped

Mon 27 Jul, 5.45pm, Basement, all tickets £5*

Bristol Proms Associate Jonathan James returns with the first of six talks, exploring the beauty and secrets of the evening's programme and providing fascinating insights for newcomers and the initiated alike.

Beethoven's final quartets remain some of his most enigmatic and provocative works. This talk gives a chance to get inside the mind of a gius and to unwrap some of the powerful ideas that drive this visionary work.

Hear Jonathan speaking about Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata: www.sinfinimusic.com

 

Beethoven in the Dark
Sacconi Quartet

Mon 27 Jul, 6.45pm, Studio, all tickets £15*

Continuing our tradition of opening Bristol Proms week with a concert performed in darkness, Sacconi Quartet perform Beethoven's dramatic String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Opus 131 from memory in the dark and the half-light.

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Supported by CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust

 

Tchaikovsky vs. Brahms
Daniel Hope
with his Bristol Proms Ensemble

Mon 27 Jul, 7.30pm, Theatre, £34-£5*

Bristol Proms favourite Daniel Hope presents the story of the fierce rivalry between iconic 19th-century composers, Tchaikovsky and Brahms.

The evening is inspired by and centred around Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and Brahms' String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Opus 111. The characters of these charismatic composers will be brought to life by Daniel Hope using an original script co-written by Jon James, Tom Morris and Daniel Hope and with live projections and visual relay from Rod Maclachlan and As Described.

Daniel Hope brilliantly brings this music to life with his wit, artistry and thoroughly engaging manner"

***** Bristol Post (Bristol Proms, 2014)

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Solo Fiddle
Jon Boden

Mon 27 Jul, 9.45pm, Paintshop, all tickets £15*

Jon Boden, front-man of contemporary folk legends Bellowhead explores traditional English folk tunes on solo fiddle for the very first time in the unique environment of Bristol Old Vic's Paintshop.

 

Six with Jonathan James
Talk 2: A History of Classical Music in 60mins: From Medieval Monks to Modern Masters

Tue 28 Jul, 6pm, Studio, all tickets £5*

Bristol Proms Associate Jonathan James returns with the second of six talks, exploring the beauty and secrets of the evening's programme and providing fascinating insights for newcomers and the initiated alike. 

Confused about what's Baroque and what's not? Why Mozart isn't 'Romantic'? This presentation whips through music history and looks how the texture of music has evolved, from single threads to complex tapestries. Expect fun piano demonstrations, fascinating insights and wigs. There will be time for questions and discussion afterwards, so bring your questions!

 

My Life in Song
Pumeza Matshikiza with Charles Hazlewood and his Bristol Proms Chamber Orchestra

Tue 28 Jul, 7.30pm, Theatre, £34-£5*

Following her performance as Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Bristol Proms 2014), sensational South African soprano Pumeza is back, this time reflecting on her life, her passions and her music with long-time collaborator and musical provocateur Charles Hazlewood.

Accompanied by Charles' ensemble of sixteen musicians, Pumeza will present her favourite musical repertoire, including songs from the South African Mysteries, Miriam Mikeba, Bizet, Faure & Puccini. Specially-selected images from photographer Jurgen Shadeberg will be projected on stage throughout the evening, documenting the individuals and environments that have influenced Pumeza's life.

"Pumeza Matshikiza's luxuriant fullness of tone had a thrilling edge"

**** The Independent (Dido and Aeneas, 2014)

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Six with Jonathan James
Talk 3: Patterns in Music

Wed 29 Jul, 6pm, Paintshop, all tickets £5*

Bristol Proms Associate Jonathan James returns with the third of six talks, exploring the beauty and secrets of the evening's programme and providing fascinating insights for newcomers and the initiated alike. 

Without patterns, music can sound hideously ugly. Patterns are like narrative devices, an essential part of any musical script. This talk will demonstrate how composers from all ages have used patterns, both obvious and hidden, to create meaning and beauty. It will tip-toe into the fascinating connections between maths and music, and uncover the genius of form and design in tonight's program.

 

Pure Minimalist Baroque
Hakon and Mari Samuelsen
with Sinfonia Cymru

Wed 29 Jul, 7.30pm, Theatre, £34-£5*

New embraces old in this astonishing programme interweaving the pure melodic structure of Bach with the intricate patterns of Philip Glass and Giovanni Sollima.

The evening is conceived by the meteoric Samuelsen siblings from Norway, accompanied by the virtuosic young talent of Sinfonia Cymru, with a programme including Barriere's Sonata for Violin and Cello, Fratres by Arvo Part and Vivaldi's Double Concerto in B-flat.

This unique performance will be accompanied by material discovered by Rod Maclachlan during his internet-borne search for mathematical visual art that represents the structures of minimalist and baroque music.

"Hakon and Mari Samuelsen played together as a mirror, with perfection, with great brilliance and virtuosity"

Grazia Italia, 2011

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Late Night Trumpet
Alison Balsom

Wed 29 Jul, 9.45pm, Theatre, £21-£5*

A late evening of immersive trumpetry, conceived by Alison Balsom and Adam Wright, featuring the music of Franceschini, Bach, Handel, Britten and Stravinsky and played on up to a dozen instruments with harpsichord and cello continuo.

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Six with Jonathan James
Talk 4: Strings, Quills & Hammers: Masters of the Keyboard

Thu 30 Jul, 5pm, Paintshop, all tickets £5*

Bristol Proms Associate Jonathan James returns with the fourth of six talks, exploring the beauty and secrets of the evening's programme and providing fascinating insights for newcomers and the initiated alike. 

Composers have used the piano to represent some of their most intimate ideas, as well as a vehicle for jaw-dropping virtuosity. Often those composers have been superb pianists themselves, testing out their own abilities as well as those of the instrument. Tonight we'll see how each era of composers built on the legacy of their predecessors, creating new colours and techniques as the instrument itself evolved.

 

Heartfelt
A Sacconi Quartet Digital Performance

Thu 30 Jul, 6pm, Studio, all tickets £15*
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Sound, light and touch combine in a fully immersive, interactive performance of Beethoven's String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132.

As the Sacconi Quartet play, 50 audience members will hold beating robotic hearts that mirror the musicians' heartbeats, offering a more intimate connection between with the performers than ever before in a classical music concert.

Heartfelt sees the Sacconi Quartet push the boundaries of chamber music performance in a unique collaboration with robotics designers Rusty Squid and interactive lighting designer Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn.

Combining live musical performance with robotics and responsive lighting, and using technology developed during Hack the Quartet in Bristol Proms 2013 (a project supported by Watershed), Heartfelt is a radical re-interpretation of this iconic Beethoven quartet. Enter a space where the boundaries between performer and audience are dissolved; connect with a performer's heartbeat through light and haptic technology.

 

From Purity to Passion
Jan Lisiecki

Thu 30 Jul, 7.30pm, Theatre, £34-£5*

After being filmed from every angle in Bristol Proms 2013, phenomenal Canadian/Polish pianist Jan Lisiecki returns to Bristol Old Vic's intimate auditorium, this time exploring an emotional journey from the crystalline abstraction of Bach to the dark passion of Rachmaninov.

Rod Maclachlan and As Described will position cameras around Jan and the Steinway to create a live visual relay that portrays the journey from sepia to lurid colour, presenting both the musician and instrument as characters in their own right.

"The main event of Bristol Proms 2013 was, in any case, the pianist Jan Lisiecki, pristine in his pedal-work, unflappable in the frenzied bravura of Chopin's Opus 10 and 25 Etudes..."

The Independent

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The Night Shift Pub Crawl
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Thu 30 July from 8.15pm

Catch members of the OAE as they appear in some of Bristol's finest pubs in the lead up to their event in the Paintshop.

The Canteen, 8.15pm
No.1 Harbourside, 8.45pm
The Royal Navy Volunteer, 9pm

 

The Night Shift
Classical Music: Minus the Rules
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Thu 30 July, 9.45pm, Paintshop, all tickets £15*

Bristol Old Vic's Paintshop will tonight be transformed into a cabaret club to welcome The Night Shift, London's unique event that brings classical music into a relaxed, contemporary setting. The Paintshop bar will be open throughout the performance, as the musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment share the music of one of England's finest composers (and enthusiastic ale-drinker) Henry Purcell.

 

Six with Jonathan James
Talk 5: The Story of the Guitar, from Mandolin to Stratocaster

Fri 31 Jul, 6pm, Studio, all tickets £5*

Bristol Proms Associate Jonathan James returns with the penultimate of six talks, exploring the beauty and secrets of the evening's programme and providing fascinating insights for newcomers and the initiated alike. 

The guitar has always been the go-to accompanying instrument, from minstrels onwards. A select group of composers saw its potential as a solo instrument too, and we'll be enjoying some of the most iconic guitar music across the ages and considering its unique gift to the concert platform - with some guitar-god Rock legends thrown in for good measure.

 

From Bach to The Beatles
Milos Karadaglic

Fri 31 Jul, 7.30pm, Theatre, £34-£5*

Join classical guitar phenomenon Milos Karadaglic for an intimate evening of music, as he sits alone on Bristol Old Vic's stage surrounded by nothing but atmospheric candlelight. Bask in the musical passions of the world's most charismatic classical guitarist, with a programme including Spanish classics, cool Latin and new arrangements of Beatles songs.

"Probably the biggest classical-guitar phenomenon since John Williams in the 1960s and Julian Bream a decade below."

The Sunday Times, 2014

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Dance With Me

FREE and open until 31 July, Coopers Gallery

From the first week of July, a ground-breaking digital installation will be placed on Cooper's Gallery in our foyer that will invite members of the public to interact with, imitate and respond to a silhouette of a dancer as she moves to a recording of a Bach cello suite.

Each interaction will be filmed, and then used as inspiration in a projected accompaniment at Bach Dance, a live performance by cellist Peter Gregson and renowned historical choreographer Jane Gibson.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to engage with Bach's iconic classical music in a new way and be part of cutting-edge digital experimentation within live classical music performance.

DANCE WITH ME is a brand new technology package designed for music venues and is being developed by digital artist Scott Fletcher, with Peter Gregson and Jane Gibson.

For more information, visit playnicely.co.uk/dancewithme

Supported by Bristol Old Vic, Play Nicely and Arts Council England.

 

Bach Dance

Fri 31 Jul, 9:45pm, Studio, £10 seats/£8 standing*

Cellist Peter Gregson returns to Bristol Proms with renowned historical choreographer Jane Gibson and digital artist Scott Fletcher to present a performance of cutting-edge digital experimentation within live classical music.

The filmed silhouettes of public interactions from the Dance With Me installation on Cooper's Gallery during the weeks leading up to Bristol Proms will be digitally treated to create a mesmerising piece of projection art that will accompany a live performance by Peter Gregson and Jane Gibson.

 

John Rutter in Conversation with 

John Suchet

Sat 1 Aug, 2pm, Theatre, £34-£5*

In the year of his seventieth birthday, the great British composer and conductor John Rutter will select some of the pieces of music which have most inspired him, and some of his own works which now seem to him the cornerstones and turning points of an extraordinary career in composition.

Interviewed and hosted by the renowned musical wit and raconteur John Suchet, and presented in association with Classic FM.

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The Gift of Music

In collaboration with Sinfonia Cymru
Sat 1 Aug, 4pm, Theatre, free entry

As part of this summer's Bristol Proms outreach programme, five Bristol primary schools with low music provision had their assemblies ambushed by musicians from Sinfonia Cymru. After seeing live classical music up-close for the first time ever, students were invited to write letters to Bristol Proms, asking to send the gift of music to someone important in their life. Bristol Proms, with help from Sinfonia Cymru musicans will deliver as many "gifts of music" as possible that will be filmed by Made in Bristol TV.

To celebrate the programme, we are delighted to present a very special documentary screening of The Gift of Music Showcase which will track the journey of the gift of music as it is sent from students to their families and friends across Bristol.

All participating children and their families will be invited to watch the premiere screening, and enjoy a lively performance from Sinfonia Cymru musicians.

Supported by Paragon Music Trust (paragonmusictrust.co.uk) and Universal Music

 

Six with Jonathan James
Talk 6: Riches of the Renaissance

Sat 1 Aug, 6pm, Studio, all tickets £5*

Bristol Proms Associate Jonathan James returns with the last of six talks, exploring the beauty and secrets of the evening's programme and providing fascinating insights for newcomers and the initiated alike. 

Why is that early choral music has that ability to lift a busy mind out of the stresses of a day? What is it about the writing that evokes that sense of space and timelessness? And how does hearing the work outside of its church context impact our appreciation of it? Some of the questions that lie ahead as we start to uncover the richness of both purpose and design in choral music from the 1400s onwards.

 

Songs of Hope - in 40 Voices
The Erebus Ensemble

An evening of surround-sound polyphony featuring Tallis' Spem in Alium (‘Hope in any other')

Sat 1 Aug, 7.30pm, Theatre, £34-£5*

Thomas Tallis' immortal Spem in Alium is the centre-piece and inspiration of this uniquely-staged concert. Under the direction of Tom Williams, The Erebus Ensemble (Handel's Messiah, 2013, Dido & Aeneas, 2014) will embrace the acoustics of Bristol Old Vic's auditorium to present an unforgettable, surround-sound performance. 

The evening will also include premiere performances of original pieces by some of today's most visionary composers. These compositions will be specially-written, conceived on the subject of hope and unleashed on all sides by a pure acoustic choir of 40.

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A Fanfare for Bristol

Bristol Proms has now closed the competition to compose a trumpet fanfare which celebrates the spirit of Bristol.

We are thrilled at the many submissions we received and have tasked an expert panel of judges to deliberate and choose one winning composition that will become the city's first official fanfare during the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the investiture of the city of Bristol in 2016 - and for celebratory use across the city over the next 100 years. The winning composer will also receive £1,000, have their work broadcast on Classic FM and have their fanfare presented to the Mayor of Bristol.

We're pleased to share with you a shortlist of three:

Thomas Oehler with 'Bristolians Assemble!'
John Chapman
with 'The Spirit of Bristol'
David Mitcham with 'At theTop of the Tide'

Watch this space, the winner will be announced very soon.

 

 


Bristol Proms 2015
A collaboration between Bristol Old Vic and U-Live
Supported by WNS
27 Jul-1 Aug

Bristol Proms is also supported by Dunard Fund.

Photography credits: Header image by SWNS, Sacconi Quartet by Mark Douet, Daniel Hope by SWNS, Pumeza by Simon Fowler, Hakon & Mari by Ricardofoto, Alison Balsom by Hugh Carswell / Warner Classics, Jan Lisiecki by SWNS, OAE by Joe Plommer, Milos by Danny North, The Erebus Ensemble by Mark Douet.

*plus £1.50 booking fee on all card purchases

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