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Join us for sunny Sunday fun as we throw open the gates for four hours of unmissable activities, from ‘Wild Words’ Storytelling in the gardens* and Bristol Community Big Band playing on the steps, to ‘Mini Beats’ Woodwind in the hall and crafts in the crypt (junk instrument making anyone?).  Not only that but we will be welcoming some EXTRA special creepy crawly guest stars from Bristol Zoo!  Refreshments will be available from our indoor and outdoor* bars, but visitors can also bring a picnic.  So come along, join in the fun… and fingers crossed for some sunshine!

*Garden events will be moved indoors if it rains.  If you are buying tickets on the day then cash would be preferable as we plan to set up a box office at the gates.

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wedding blog

Meet our Commercial Sales & Marketing Officer

This is a newly created role and we’re happy to welcome Hazel Hatton in to the position. Hazel will be working on the venue hire side of what we do at St George’s, a key part of which is weddings. She explains in her own words what she’s up to, as well as a little bit about her background.

A lot of what I’ve been doing since I started has been promoting weddings. I’ve been putting loads of new info up on the website, as well as working on wedding packages. A big part of what I do is meeting with couples. I’m your first point of call if you’re interested in getting married here, and I’m more than happy to answer the questions you might have, as well as meet with you, show you around the building, and chat about your plans so far. I’ll also be managing the blog, so you should be seeing more from me here!

My background is in retail & in the arts, working in retail while I studied for a degree in Photojournalism and volunteered with arts organisations. I’ve recently finished an MBA in Arts Management, and I’ve really enjoyed combining my enjoyment of arts management, and that of making sure customers have great experiences.

If you’re interested in St George’s for your wedding you can get in touch with me at, or on the phone on 0117 929 4929, I’m in the office most weekday mornings.

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Monday 15 June-Sunday 28 June 2015

We are delighted to be hosting an exhibition of the poems and illustrations from the books ‘Green Poems for a Blue Planet’ and ‘Verse for the Earth’. The poems were written by Martin Kiszko, the UK’s Green Poet and the Poet in Residence for Bristol 2015 European Green Capital. The illustrations are by Nick Park, creator of ‘Wallace and Gromit’. The exhibition, which is part of Bristol’s ‘Big Green Week’ is produced and curated by Adam Glen.

Martin’s eco-comical poetry for children and families aims to help a new generation understand and grasp the challenges ahead and will hopefully encourage their search for solutions that can create a sustainable environment for all. The poetry prints range from ‘disappearing tigers’ to ‘lost whales’ and from ‘stranded polar bears’ to ‘poo power’ and are sure to entertain young and old greenies, non-greenies and inbetweenies everywhere! To accompany the exhibition, Martin will be performing his poems to local schoolchildren on June 24th – prior to his performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. /

The exhibition runs from Monday 15th June to Sunday 28th June 2015 at the following times…

Sunday 14th June – Opening reception at 5.30pm. (Evening concert will start at 7.30pm.)
Monday 15th June – 12pm to 6pm
Tuesday 16th June – 12pm – 6pm
Wednesday 17th June – 12pm – 6pm
Thursday and Friday - not open due to recording
Saturday 20th June - 12pm – 6pm
Sunday 21st June - 9am – 2pm
Monday 22nd June - 12pm – 6pm
Tuesday 23rd June - not open due to private event
Wednesday 24th June – 12pm – 6pm
Thursday 25th June – 12pm – 6pm (Evening concert will start at 7pm)


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Welcome to Night Vale – the wildly popular serial podcast that brings its dedicated listeners stories from the strange desert town of Night Vale – comes to St George’s Bristol as part of its UK tour. Delivering rich and nuanced drama in the form of a community radio show hosted by Cecil Palmer (played by Cecil Baldwin), Welcome to Night Vale has grown to be one of the most popular podcasts in the world while remaining fiercely independent, entirely listener supported, and ad-free.

Since 2013, Welcome to Night Vale has toured a fully-realized live show complete with guest stars, live musical guests, and Cecil himself, performing previously unheard scripts that complement and enhance the constantly evolving narrative of the podcast, while still remaining funny and compelling for brand new listeners. They have played sold out shows in over 11 countries (including 8 sold out UK shows in 2014) and recently completed an exhaustive 41 city United States tour.

Welcome to Night Vale comes to St George’s Bristol with a never-before-released episode written specifically for the stage (“The Investigators”) starring Cecil Baldwin with live musical accompaniment by Disparition and featuring musical guest Jason Webley as ‘The Weather.’

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Cyril Scott Bumble-Bees
Cheryl Frances-Hoad Suite No 1
Fritz Kreisler Recitativo and Scherzo Caprice
Michael Small White Space
J S Bach Partita No 3 in E BWV 1006

This year’s annual Presteigne Festival touring programme shines a spotlight on violinist Fenella Humphreys, with a dazzling selection of 20th and 21st century solo violin works standing alongside Bach’s exuberant Partita No 3.

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Bristol Ensemble
William Goodchild conductor
Laurie Stewart soprano
Laura Tanner presenter

Join the Bristol Ensemble for a ‘Last Night’ performance full of the fun excitement we’ve come to associate with this very special, very traditional musical celebration! This performance also features works from the BBC’s ‘Ten Pieces’, and is suitable for older children and adults alike. Don’t forget your flags!

Great for ages 8+
Running time 60mins

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If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a treat. If you are already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know you have something special in store. A Thousand Hearts, Cara Dillon’s fifth solo album, is another small masterpiece of song and emotion, ethereal and radiant, beautifully honed and perfectly true. The extraordinary Irish singer makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers. She has won every folk award going, but confesses to being no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition.

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Sarah Sexton violin
Tom Hankey violin
Rebecca Jones viola
Sarah McMahon cello
Mathias Kjøller clarinet

Haydn Quartet in D Op 20 No 4
Janacek Quartet No 2 “Intimate Letters”
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A

Since its formation at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 1999 the Callino Quartet has been impressing international audiences and critics alike with their bold, imaginative and sensitive performances. A new recording of Haydn’s Seven Last Words with poetry written and performed by former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion has been released this year. The Callino Quartet takes its name from the Irish air “Cailin cois tSuir a me” which means Girl by the River Suir. The young Clarinettist Mathias Kjøller is principle clarinet of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as enjoying an international career as a soloist.

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Two years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Bristol Festival of Ideas is delighted to welcome Salman Rushdie, one of the greatest writers of our age, to the city for an event on his wildly imaginative new novel – a masterful, mesmerising modern tale about worlds dangerously colliding, and the monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes; a beautiful testament to the power of love and humanity in chaotic times. Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, Two Years, Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights is satirical and bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and karma, rapture and redemption – and both very funny and terrifying.


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Bristol Ensemble
William Goodchild conductor
Charlie Siem violin
Roger Huckle leader

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
William Goodchild TreeSong
Vivaldi (arr. Max Richter) Four Seasons Recomposed

For over a century a beech tree has stood silently on Bristol’s Durdham Downs while the environment around it has changed dramatically. Bristol Ensemble’s innovative and intriguing TreeSong project will bring the tree’s music to life, gathering its song through an installation as one of the projects taking place as part of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in 2015.

The installation will take place in October (exact dates to be confirmed – visit for details) and you can visit the site to see how technology and nature are working together to capture something unique.

The project was conceived to draw attention to urban nature and to explore the role of trees in the city by giving one tree its own voice. What would it say if it could sing?  The composer William Goodchild is being entrusted with the task of translating the tree’s song from its natural habitat to the concert hall, creating a 15 minute orchestral work which will be premiered in this concert in a sumptuous audio-visual performance.

Star violinist Charlie Siem joins the orchestra to perform Vaughan Williams’ poignant work The Lark Ascending, together with Max Richter’s vivid re-imagining of Antonio Vivaldi’s concertos, The Four Seasons in this family-friendly concert, a celebration of Bristol as European Green Capital. /

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