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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.

fenellahumphreys.com

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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!

bristolensemble.com

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.

caradillon.co.uk

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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.

callinoquartet.com

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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.

ideasfestival.co.uk

 

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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 www.treesong.org.uk 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.

bristolensemble.comcharliesiem.com / treesong.org.uk

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Mark Padmore tenor
Paul Lewis piano

An Evening of Songs by Schumann, Brahms, Schubert and Wolf

The supreme artistry and mutual understanding of Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis make them an ideal duo for this beautifully crafted journey through some of the great moments of German lieder. Exploring the universal themes of love, loneliness and mortality, the music and imagery of these songs conjures high drama and deep desolation as they roam from warmth and exuberance to elegiac introspection. The full listing of songs is available on our website.

“Singer and pianist are perfectly matched in temperament and musicality, and every note has been lovingly considered… exquisitely thoughtful and refined…”
THE TELEGRAPH

paulewispiano.co.uk / markpadmore.com

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Bristol Ensemble
City of Bristol Choir
David Ogden conductor

A feel-good festive evening of carols and Christmas music – come and sing all your festive favourites with members of City of Bristol Choir, accompanied by professional orchestra The Bristol Ensemble and led in entertaining style by the brilliant David Ogden. Bring the family for a wonderful evening of singing.

Great for ages 8+

bristolensemble.com / cityofbristolchoir.org.uk

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Bristol Ensemble
Exultate Singers
David Ogden conductor

A Christmas extravaganza performed by professional orchestra The Bristol Ensemble and the accomplished choir Exultate Singers. A brilliantly entertaining evening of festive music including sparkling orchestral pieces, beautiful choral Christmas carols and the opportunity for audience members to join in with the singing too. David Ogden directs proceedings in charismatic style, making this is an annual favourite in the season’s concert diary for many.

“The perfect Christmas concert”
BRISTOL POST

bristolensemble.com / exultatesingers.org

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Bristol Ensemble
City of Bristol Choir
David Ogden conductor

A Christmas extravaganza performed by professional orchestra The Bristol Ensemble and the 100-strong voices of City of Bristol Choir. A brilliantly entertaining evening of festive music including sparkling orchestral pieces, beautiful choral Christmas carols and the opportunity for audience members to join in with the singing too. David Ogden directs proceedings in charismatic style, making this is an annual favourite in the season’s concert diary for many.

bristolensemble.comcityofbristolchoir.org.uk

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