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FE-ALWFWe are delighted to announce that The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has chosen to support an exciting new education project which we will be launching in the Spring in partnership with New Music in the South West (NMSW).

Our Young Composers Academy is a new initiative designed to support and nurture the development of promising young composers aged 14-18 from across the South West. Recruitment will begin this autumn as we invite students from schools and colleges all over the region to participate in a series of composer-led workshops and professional performance opportunities taking place throughout 2016.

The initiative is a three year, rolling programme which will offer the most promising and committed students the opportunity to progress each year, working on their music writing skills and compositional style with support and guidance from professional composers and musicians, with the chance to win one of several professional commissions as St George’s ‘Young Composer in Residence’ at the end of year three.

We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the team at NMSW, and are very grateful to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, whose generous support has enabled us to launch this wonderful project which will support the wealth of young music writing talent out there in the South West!

Details on how to participate will be announced on the website shortly.

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DO YOU KNOW A YOUNG GUITARIST?

We launched our MUSIC MENTORS scheme last season with a masterclass for three lucky cellists (by the scheme’s patron Julian Lloyd Webber). This coming season we are thrilled that Xuefei Yang and Craig Ogden have each agreed to run a masterclass for a number of lucky young guitarists during their visit here on Friday 18 September.

If you know anyone aged 11 – 18 who has been learning the guitar for at least two years, we’d love to hear from you/them! Six names will be chosen ‘from a hat’ completely at random, with three young players then invited to participate in a masterclass with Xuefei, and three with Craig (players grouped according to age and standard). Each player will need to bring along a piece they are currently working on. Craig/Xuefei will have about 10 minutes to work with each player on their chosen piece.

Masterclasses last about 45 minutes and will take place at St George’s on Friday 18 September, exact timings to be announced very soon but it is likely to be either late morning or mid-late afternoon. Family, friends and other young or amateur guitarists are welcome to come along as spectators.

If this is of interest, please email the young person’s name, age and standard (grade or similar) to catherine.freda@stgeorgesbristol.co.uk by Tuesday 8 September. The draw will take place on 9 Sept.

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Xuefei Yang & Craig Ogden perform in concert on Friday 18 September at 7.30pm – READ MORE

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You’ve already met Steph as your Wedding Coordinator, but did you know that she is also an experienced stylist and planner? She’s described in her own words below how she can bring her knowledge and experience together with your ideas to help you plan and style your wedding day…

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Do you want to spend the morning of your wedding rushing around decorating the venue or would you rather be at home relaxing, surrounded by loved ones? If you’d prefer the stress-free approach, you could really benefit from the styling skills of a professional wedding planner. My role is to add some style inspiration, recommend fantastic décor suppliers and provide lots of gorgeous and unique decor ideas.

I began my career as a Wedding Planner in 2011 and began coordinating St George’s portfolio of weddings in 2013. The styling service was added in 2014 to assist our busy couples. The service begins with a complimentary consultation at St George’s to talk through your initial ideas and find out more about you both and what you both love in terms of colours, themes and design.

 

wedding moodboard 2Every couple is individual and unique, so the aim is to create a theme that truly reflects your personalities, whether that’s bright and playful or more classic and muted. I will add ideas and make suggestions about how to use the space in the Crypt and the Hall based on my experience as a wedding planner. I have a wide knowledge of stylish and fun wedding trends and can draw inspiration from things that have worked brilliantly at previous St George’s weddings. However it remains 100% your day and I will never take over or force ideas on you that you don’t like.

Pinterest is a great resource in wedding planning, so if you have a board already, I can go through this to help understand what you like. If you don’t then I’ll create a board for you whilst doing initial research for your wedding. I then create a detailed five or six page styling inspiration report and mood board that will pull all of your ideas into a cohesive look. It’s full of lots of ideas for each space and lists of recommended suppliers for any decorative items, flowers, cakes and props. You should find this really useful when buying or making decorative items, speaking with your florist and designing your cake.

wedding moodboard 1The final stage is to meet again in the month before the wedding to look through everything you’ve chosen and make drawings and detailed lists. I’ll make sure I fully understand how you’d like the tables to look and take detailed notes on any other special features you’d like me to style on the morning of the wedding. When you arrive at St George’s you will find the venue decorated for you and looking amazing.

“Steph has been brilliant from the very beginning. She helped me decide what theme and feel I wanted and was full of helpful suggestions for how to achieve it. The wedding styling report which she created was what got me so excited about the day. Steph is wonderfully helpful without being overbearing, unlike many other wedding planners I’ve come across.

On the day she quietly managed everything. She styled the hall beautifully and we knew we could trust her to work her magic. This meant I could relax and enjoy the days leading up to the wedding without stressing too much. I think Steph was one of the best value investments we made across the wedding. She really is something special” 

Helen, St George’s Wedding July 2014

 

This service can be added to any booking as an optional extra.

 

 

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The E.O.F.T. is the most renowned fi lm event in the European outdoor community. Now in its 15th year, it brings you the most spectacular sports and adventure fi lms of the year.

The young and wild ones…

We’ll be way up where the air is thin, riding through untamed America, breaking records and holding tight to slippery sheets of ice. Now in its 15th season, the European Outdoor Film Tour is suffering no fatigue from age. On the contrary,

the new festival program focuses completely on the young and wild ones. With alpinist Tamara Lunger we experience the longing for extremes. At 23 years of age she was the youngest woman to stand atop Lhotse (8,516 meters) and she proves again and again during her expeditions that she’s got the talent and drive to continue doing extraordinary things. In total contrast to those snow-covered summits, a young long boarder goes blasting down into the valley on the winding roads of the desert-like western Sierra Nevada range. Yet this year’s E.O.F.T. is not just fast. Ben Masters and his three friends, for example, take a rather decelerated journey across America in true cowboy style, all the way from Mexico to Canada on horseback, through a land that could not be more pristine… The new program for the EUROPEAN OUTDOOR FILM TOUR 15/16 takes you on an adventure into the unknown— far off the beaten path.

Tickets are not available from St George’s Bristol, please click the following link to make your booking:

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The E.O.F.T. is the most renowned fi lm event in the European outdoor community. Now in its 15th year, it brings you the most spectacular sports and adventure fi lms of the year.

The young and wild ones…

We’ll be way up where the air is thin, riding through untamed America, breaking records and holding tight to slippery sheets of ice. Now in its 15th season, the European Outdoor Film Tour is suffering no fatigue from age. On the contrary,

the new festival program focuses completely on the young and wild ones. With alpinist Tamara Lunger we experience the longing for extremes. At 23 years of age she was the youngest woman to stand atop Lhotse (8,516 meters) and she proves again and again during her expeditions that she’s got the talent and drive to continue doing extraordinary things. In total contrast to those snow-covered summits, a young long boarder goes blasting down into the valley on the winding roads of the desert-like western Sierra Nevada range. Yet this year’s E.O.F.T. is not just fast. Ben Masters and his three friends, for example, take a rather decelerated journey across America in true cowboy style, all the way from Mexico to Canada on horseback, through a land that could not be more pristine… The new program for the EUROPEAN OUTDOOR FILM TOUR 15/16 takes you on an adventure into the unknown— far off the beaten path.

Tickets are not available from St George’s Bristol, please click the following link to make your booking:

BookNow

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Bach Doubles anyone?

Our new series offers all the drama and instrumental contrast of the Bach Double but with two players sharing their love of Bach in their own solo concert each evening – the first at 7pm and the second at 9.15pm.

The earlier concerts feature the Bach Solo Cello Suites with mesmerising cellist Natalie Clein, while the later concerts take the spirit of Bach as their departure point, exploring his indelible influence on composers of later generations, from Steve Reich to Nico Muhly.  Two seriously talented and daring performers, violinist Thomas Gould and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahan, take up the challenge and give free rein to their imaginations to create these one off programmes for this series launch.

You can book one concert each evening, or take advantage of a special discount to hear both.

Friday 30 October

Natalie-Clein-Sq7pm, Natalie Clein (cello)

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Cello Suite No 3 C
Cello Suite No 5 in C minor
Cello Suite No 4 in E flat

Natalie Clein lays the foundation notes of our new ‘Bach Doubles’ series with Bach’s Solo Cello Suites – arguably the greatest pieces ever written for the instrument, and the gold standard against which other cello works are judged. This is music that roams from simplicity to sublimity, offering up exquisite melodies and a myriad of textures and colours. Natalie Clein is a cellist possessing not only the virtuosity but also the musicality needed to convey its fine shades and beauty – the perfect match.

Please note there will be a short interval

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Tickets
£20, £5 Students (limited availability) (plus fees)

Mahan-Esfahani-Sq9.15pm, Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

J S Bach Chromatische Fantaisie & Fuga BWV 903
J S Bach (arr. Esfahani) Two Gavottes from Suite for violoncello solo V BWV 1011
C P E Bach Sonata in F sharp Wq 52/4
W F Bach Movements from Suite G minor Fk 24
Steve Reich Piano Phase
J S Bach Toccata C minor BWV 911
Mel Powell Recitative and Toccata Percossa

The spirit of J S Bach permeates, whether by design or by sheer osmosis, the entire course of Western music that follows his remarkable time spent on this planet. Mahan Esfahani, an artist once referred to by the BBC as a ‘harpsichord ninja’ and something of a force of nature himself, has created a programme that looks at ‘doubles’ for Bach’s works and musical language. He starts with pieces penned by Bach’s own sons before fast forwarding to the 20th century to the ecstatic patterns of Steve Reich’s ”Piano Phase” (transcribed for harpsichord with pre-recorded tape) and jazz pianist Mel Powell’s classic “Recitative and Toccata percossa”.

“Dashingly eloquent, dizzyingly skilled, Esfahani makes the harpsichord seem an instrument reborn.” THE TIMES

Running time 70 minutes without interval

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Tickets
£15, £5 Students (limited availability) (plus fees)

See both recitals for £30 (plus fees), saving £4 per ticket.

Friday 13 November

Natalie-Clein-Sq-027pm, Natalie Clein (cello)

J S Bach
Cello Suite No 1 in G
Cello Suite No 2 in D minor
Cello Suite No 6 in D

Natalie Clein completes her exploration of Bach’s Solo Cello Suites (see also listing for 30 October), some of the greatest pieces ever written for the instrument, and the gold standard against which other cello works are judged.

“Magically deft, soaringly passionate, without any trace of self-indulgence, Clein conjures a full orchestra of colours and textures from her precious Guadagnini cello.” THE TIMES

Please note there will be a short interval

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Tickets
£20, £5 Students (limited availability)(plus fees)

Thomas-Gould-Sq9.15pm, Thomas Gould (violin)

J S Bach Adagio from Sonata No 1 BWV 1001
Ewan Campbell Everything, All at Once
J S Bach Chaconne from Partita No 2 BWV 1004
Tarik O’Regan Alice Changes
J S Bach Largo from Sonata No 3 BWV 1005
Nico Muhly A Long Line (for solo violin and tape)
Francisco Coll Hyperlude IV
J S Bach Loure from Partita No 3 BWV 1006

Thomas Gould refuses to be defined by genres and is fast carving out a career as one of the most brilliant and in demand violinists of his generation. Taking some of the greatest music for solo violin by JS Bach as his spring board – including a piece widely considered to be its summit, Bach’s ‘Chaconne’ – he moves seamlessly between times, moods and styles with music that all ultimately leads back, and pays homage, to the genius of Bach.

The programme includes the Baroque-like ornamentations and jazz-inspired sections of Tariq O’Regan’s ‘Alice Changes’ and the deeply expressive ‘A Long Line’ by one of today’s most talked about composers, Nico Muhly, that introduces a striking musical partner on stage for Thomas by way of pre-recorded tape.

“The young British vionist Thomas Gould seems intent on becoming the Nigel Kennedy of his generation … “ THE TIMES

Running time 60 minutes without interval

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Tickets
£15, £5 Students (limited availability) (plus fees)

See both recitals for £30 (plus fees), saving £4 per ticket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This year marks the 10 th anniversary of the Bristol based Renewal gospel choir. To celebrate this significant milestone achievement Renewal will be performing a selection of its popular songs favoured by audiences and choir members from across the years. Renewal delivered a heart-warming, soul-stirring, sell-out concert in 2013 with Handel’s Messiah Soulful Celebration, Followed by “Born is the King” another roof raising sell out at the start of the Christmas season of 2014. This year the choir is excited to performsome audience favourites sprinkled a little festive joy as we approach the Christmas Season.

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8. Life After Cage

with Jonathan James

What is ‘Modern Music’ and how did it grow out of the embers of Romanticism?  The twentieth century saw a bewildering range of responses to that question.  Radical experiments flourished then floundered.  Some composers searched for ever more exotic languages, whilst others returned happily to the familiar.  In this eight-part series, Jonathan James and David Bedroll beat a path through the highly colourful world of Twentieth Century Music and pick out the main pioneers in orchestral and choral music along the way.

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7. Illuminations of the Beyond

with David Bednall

What is ‘Modern Music’ and how did it grow out of the embers of Romanticism?  The twentieth century saw a bewildering range of responses to that question.  Radical experiments flourished then floundered.  Some composers searched for ever more exotic languages, whilst others returned happily to the familiar.  In this eight-part series, Jonathan James and David Bedroll beat a path through the highly colourful world of Twentieth Century Music and pick out the main pioneers in orchestral and choral music along the way.

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6. Messiaen – Colours of the Celestial City

with David Bednall

What is ‘Modern Music’ and how did it grow out of the embers of Romanticism?  The twentieth century saw a bewildering range of responses to that question.  Radical experiments flourished then floundered.  Some composers searched for ever more exotic languages, whilst others returned happily to the familiar.  In this eight-part series, Jonathan James and David Bedroll beat a path through the highly colourful world of Twentieth Century Music and pick out the main pioneers in orchestral and choral music along the way.