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David Russell follows his concert on 29th with ‘The Art of Classical Guitar’ Masterclass presented by the International Guitar Festival on the morning of Friday 30 January.  This three hour class has a capacity of six players who will each get a 30 minute one-on‐one lesson in front of the rest of the group.  Players are encouraged to bring some music they are working on. Level All players welcome.  Observer tickets are also available for those wishing to attend the masterclass as spectators.

Participants £30 (6 places available) - Observers £10 (14 places available)

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As a little extra Christmas present…St George’s Bristol is DELIGHTED to announce the launch of two fantastic prizes for local young musicians…

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The Tom Eveson Bursary exists to support the development of young musicians within the City & County of Bristol, whose opportunities are limited due to financial hardship.

The inaugural Tom Eveson Memorial Concert will take place on Sunday 1st February 2015. A special Gala Concert featuring some of the best of Bristol’s musical youth, in memory of a young musician whose story touched everyone who knew him. The performance will be an annual celebration of Tom’s life, raising funds to help other young people to further their musical studies.

Recipients of the Tom Eveson Bursary will be listed on the St George’s website, with information about the impact of the award on their music making, details of their musical achievements to date and their plans for the future.

Applications will be considered from young musicians aged up to (and including) 25 on the annual closing date, June 30th.

All applicants must have a Bristol address at the time of application (for those studying away from home, a parent or guardians address would be acceptable).

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The St George’s Prize for Music is a sister award to the Tom Eveson Bursary. The prize is intended to recognise and celebrate groups or individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to music making within their local community.

Nominations will be considered for any individuals or groups working within the City and County of Bristol who inspire a love of music making amongst people of all ages and backgrounds, for example;

School Ensembles 

Community Ensembles, Bands and Choirs

Music Students

Music Teachers/Music Leaders

Music Centres

The St George’s Prize for Music will be awarded annually at the Tom Eveson Memorial Concert and the award will take the form of support in kind from St George’s Bristol, for example;

  • An opportunity to perform at the Tom Eveson Memorial Concert
  • Donated use of the venue for rehearsal purposes
  • An allocation of free tickets for certain St George’s promotions (subject to availability)
  • Opportunities to attend rehearsals and to meet with some of our visiting artists

For details on how to apply, please email St George’s Education Manager Laura Tanner at l.tanner@stgeorgesbristol.co.uk 

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Heather Peace has announced that she will set off on The Little Bird Tour in spring 2015. A special acoustic tour taking in some beautiful venues around the UK, Heather will perform fan favourites and some exciting new arrangements from her albums, Fairytales and The Thin Line, alongside brand new material on a grand piano.

Both Heather’s albums debuted in the Top 10 of the UK Official Independent Album Charts.

“Heather pours her heart out on the stage, the songs, be them happy or sad, are brimming with honest emotion, like pages of a personal diary.” – Altsounds.com

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Cellists of Bristol!

If you are looking to inspire yourself (or your students) to live up to those practice related new years resolutions, what better way to kick start 2015 than with a late night concert by Cellophony, the UKs leading Cello Octet.

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St George’s Bristol

Wagner Prelude to Tristan & Isolde
Schubert Three Songs from ‘Schwanengesang’
Edward Nesbit To Dance on Sands (UK Premiere)
Mendelssohn Ave Maria
Liszt Three World Folk Songs (arr. James Barralet)

No interval, just 60 minutes of pure, unadulterated Cello based deliciousness!

 

For more information about the ensemble, check out their website here.

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Students can get special £5 tickets, but hurry, as numbers are strictly limited. Quote CELLO5 online or at the box office to snap up this deal!

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Piano Sonata No 30 in E Op 109
Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat Op 110
Piano Sonata No 32 in C minor Op 111

Paul Lewis is an artist of exceptional talent who has won a formidable reputation for his understated but profoundly thoughtful playing. It is always a pleasure to welcome him back to St George’s and on this occasion he takes up the thread of our piano series ‘The Last Word’, bringing the final trilogy of ground breaking piano sonatas by a composer with whom he has become deeply connected. These three sonatas share a special quality of spiritual expression and exalted mood that has been widely interpreted as Beethoven’s intimate exploration of man’s predicament and the human struggle fought in mind and body. In the final movement of the Op 111 Sonata there is a strong sense that he succeeded in resolving this conflict in a representation of transcendence and the world to come.

The series continues on Wednesday 15 April with Peter Donohoe.

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Overnight stars (after 20 years) thanks to the use of their song ‘Far From Any Road’ as the title music for mega-hit TV series ‘True Detective’, The Handsome Family are absolutely unique, and absolutely great. A husband and wife duo from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Brett and Rennie Sparks create a kind of twisted Americana by taking in impeccably researched historical and geographical detail then turning it through 360 degrees of weirdness. Brett Sparks writes the music, while Rennie Sparks writes the wonderfully poetic words. Both sing and play (guitar, banjo, ukulele). The dean of American rock critics, Greil Marcus, says it best: “Words that in their everyday surrealism have no parallel in contemporary writing…music that mines the deep veins of fatalism in the Appalachian voice.”

‘Haunting, primal and strangely heroic’ THE TIMES

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Liv-Marie Kodurand violin
Jan Rautio piano

Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in E flat Op 12
Catoire Sonata No 2 ‘Poeme’ Op 20
Suk Four Pieces for Violin and Piano

Acclaimed violinist Liv-Marie Kodurand and duo-partner Jan Rautio make a welcome return to our lunchtime series, teaming an early Beethoven sonata with two works written right at the turn of the 20th century – Suk’s ‘Four Pieces’, with its finale of instrumental pyrotechnics, and a virtuosic one-movement sonata by the rarely heard Russian composer Georgy Catoire.

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This is going to be awesome: Courtney Pine strips everything back for the most intimate set of shows in his long and illustrious career, playing a repertoire of ballads and nothing but in a sensitive duo with featured pianist Zoe Rahman. “I have always wanted to record a collection of my favourite ballads and there is nothing like playing in a duet format for bringing out the intimacy of great songs”, says Courtney. A star in her own right, Zoe Rahman is well known to St George’s audiences through her previous appearances here, both as a pianist in Courtney’s band, and solo.

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Are you interested in the cultural and historical context of the music you hear at St George’s? Then why not join Jonathan James and David Bednall to explore the music more deeply.

MUSICAL CREATIVITY UNMASKED

How do creative processes work in music? Whether improvising on a French cathedral organ, composing a grand opera, or jamming a solo in a jazz band, there are so many fascinating insights to be had into the way creative musicians work and what this reflects about their cultural context. We will ask how improvising, composing and performing are distinguished from other forms of creativity and look at the fascinating routes to musical inspiration, drawing also on our own experience as creative practitioners.

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Are you interested in the cultural and historical context of the music you hear at St George’s? Then why not join Jonathan James and David Bednall to explore the music more deeply.

MUSICAL CREATIVITY UNMASKED

How do creative processes work in music? Whether improvising on a French cathedral organ, composing a grand opera, or jamming a solo in a jazz band, there are so many fascinating insights to be had into the way creative musicians work and what this reflects about their cultural context. We will ask how improvising, composing and performing are distinguished from other forms of creativity and look at the fascinating routes to musical inspiration, drawing also on our own experience as creative practitioners.