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For anyone like myself (a child of the 80′s/90′s)…the merest mention of Chris Packham will see you swept away in a whirlwind of nostalgia to the merry days of ‘the Really Wild Roadshow’.

Between 1986 and 2006 nature loving youngsters could find their family outing to Longleat turned into a media frenzy, by the presence of beloved presenters such as:

Terry Nutkins (1986–1993), Chris Packham (1986–1995) and Michaela Strachan (1993–2006)

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Chris has not stopped for a second since those heady days, in fact, check out his website here and you will see that Chris (together with colleagues Ruth Peacey, Jez Toogood and Luke Massey) was recently a recipient of the prestigious ‘Green Ribbon Award’ for Best environmental campaign by the Media for the ‘Malta – Massacre on Migration’ campaign.

This Thursday evening, Chris will be right here at St George’s and if you quote ‘WILD5′ at the Box Office, or type it in online (case sensitive) then you could might manage to nab yourself an extra special bargain £5 ticket! but be quick…numbers are strictly limited.

Now…where did I put that Really Wild Roadshow T’Shirt…

 ChrisPackham

Laura Tanner – Education Manager, St George’s Bristol

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Paul Lewis piano

Beethoven
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.

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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.

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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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