How do you celebrate the realisation of a dream and bring people together to share in it? With An Evening of Brilliance of course!

Our new extension is very nearly finished and later this season will be revealed to everyone.  Before this happens, we have another important moment to mark: the launch of our new classical season.  Given the enormous effort involved in delivering our building project, we felt it was time to do something really special to reward ourselves – and our Gala Concert on Friday 2 March does just this.  Tickets are on sale this week so get in quick …

Guitarist Miloš is an artist who sells out concert halls the world over and is very much in the ‘A List’ of the music world.  A concert with him alone would be cause for celebration.  Imagine then our excitement and growing anticipation as we envisage what might emerge when he puts his musical head together with: Alexander Sitkovetsky, a violinist of exceptional talent, heir of a true musical dynasty and described by The Strad as a ‘Star of the new Century’; young pianist Martin James Bartlett who bowled over audiences and judges to seize the mantle of BBC Young Musician in 2014; Jess Gillam who made history when she became the first ever saxophonist to reach the Finals of the BBC Young Musician competition and made her debut at the BBC Proms last year with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – oh yes, and she’s performed with Jools Holland too! Then there’s an artist who has already beguiled our own audiences with utterly magical performances and stand-out charisma, accordionist Ksenija Sidorova.  And this is without mentioning the occasional musical surprise.

This promises to be an uplifting and fun evening of music spent with friends – both the ones on stage and the ones in the audience.  There will be virtuosic solos, seductive duets and swirling ensemble pieces delivered with supreme musical panache. You won’t be able to hear this concert anywhere else because it’s been planned specially for this one evening at St George’s, and nowhere else, by our new classical programmer Meurig Bowen (for 10 years, director of Cheltenham Music Festival).

I’m already smiling just thinking about some of the special musical moments that I’ve gleaned, including Bach solos, thrilling duets, and a specially-commissioned quintet version of Piazzolla’s stunning Libertango. So if you don’t want to miss out on an unforgettable event, head to our website or pick up the phone to our box office.  We have 350 seats so make sure you’re sitting on one of them! Tickets are available from £15…  BOOK NOW!

Suzanne Rolt
CEO St George’s Bristol

 

Who’s who?

MILOŠ KARADAGLIĆ  Guitar
“The hottest guitarist in the world”, Miloš continues to top the record charts and delight audiences worldwide. His first three releases on “The Yellow Label” achieved major chart success around the globe and turned him into “classical music’s guitar hero” (BBC Music Magazine) overnight.  WATCH…

JESS GILLAM  Saxophone
In 2016, at the age of 17, Jess made history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. She then reached the Grand Final at London’s Barbican Hall, and performed Michael Nyman’s Where the Bee Dances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth to widespread critical acclaim. In summer 2017, Jess made her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall, where she performed as a soloist with both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jessica Cottis and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart.  WATCH…

MARTIN JAMES BARTLETT  Piano
In May 2014, at the age of 17, Martin was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician. His winning performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with conductor Kirill Karabits and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, received overwhelming acclaim from Edinburgh’s Usher Hall audience and from those tuning into the live recording broadcast on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3.  WATCH…

KSENIJA SIDOROVA  Accordion
Praised as “superbly subtle and virtuosic” (The Arts Desk) and “an amazingly accomplished artist” (Classical Source), Ksenija Sidorova is the leading ambassador for the accordion. Encouraged to take up the instrument by a grandmother steeped in the folk tradition of accordion playing, Ksenija started to play the instrument aged eight under the guidance of Marija Gasele in her hometown of Riga.  WATCH…

ALEXANDER SITKOVETSKY  Violin
Born in Moscow into a family with an established musical tradition, Alexander made his concerto debut at the age of eight and the same year came to study at the Menuhin School. Lord Menuhin was his inspiration throughout his school years and they performed together on several occasions including the Bach Double Concerto, Bartok Duos at St James’ Palace, and when Alexander played the Mendelssohn concerto under Menuhin’s baton.  WATCH…