A UK premiere and world class performers at St George’s this April
This month St George’s Bristol hosts the U.K premiere of a new work by Oscar nominated Philip Glass, one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century. The piano sonata was specially written for the world-renowned pianist Maki Namekawa who will perform it for the first time in the U.K on Friday April 17th at St George’s.
Other highlights in April include Katy Bray, Cardiff Singer of the World 2019, performing Bach’s St John Passion with The English Concert during Holy Week, folk musician and singer songwriter Eliza Carthy and Australia’s celebrated digeridoo virtuoso William Barton performing with Brodsky quartet. Filmic 2020 continues with a showing of Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’ with an original live score and well- known names Lloyd Cole and Robert Webb visit as part of their UK tours.
Haiku Salut presents The Buster Keaton Picture Show (part of Filmic 2020)
Thursday 2nd April, 8pm
Cult instrumental group Haiku Salut perform an original contemporary live score to Buster Keaton’s 1926 legendary comedy classic, ‘The General’, regularly named as one of the greatest films ever made, and a landmark of silent cinema. The group perform to Cohen Media’s stunning 4K restoration, hailed by Total Film as “a jaw-plunging blend of physical dexterity and bravura movie-making”. Haiku Salut (Gemma Barkerwood, Sophie Barkerwood and Louise Croft) describe themselves as “an instrumental dream-pop-post-folk-neo-everything trio from the Derbyshire Dales”. They play sccordion, piano, glockenspiel, trumpet, guitar, ukelele, drums, melodica and “loopery and laptoppery”.
10cc’s Graham Gouldman & Heart Full Of Songs
Friday 3rd April, 7:30pm
After an eventful few years winning awards and playing with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band, Graham Gouldman’s reputation as one of the finest living songwriters continues to grow. Following the release of Gouldman’s fifth solo album in early 2020 he’ll be hitting the road again with his acoustic four-piece Heart Full of Songs delivering perfectly-crafted tunes with a characteristic warmth and amiability that belies his stellar body of work.
The English Concert – St John Passion
Monday 6th April, 7:30pm
With its compelling recitatives, electrifying choruses and heart-wrenching arias, Bach’s St John Passion is almost operatic in its drama and impact. Featuring a stellar cast of soloists, including Audience Prize winner of Cardiff Singer of the World 2019, Katie Bray, The English Concert brings one of the greatest works of all time to St George’s at the start of Holy Week – a source of significant artistic inspiration.
Tuesday 7th April, 7.30pm
Lloyd Cole’s new album Guesswork mirrors the uncertainty of the world as you enter your third act. Mostly constructed in his Massachusetts attic space, it is his first “songs” album since 2013’s universally acclaimed Standards and it sees him finally create a (mostly) electronic setting for his voice. He says, “I’m starting to think that old age could be a lot more fun than middle age. Because really what have we got to lose?”
Eliza Carthy: Restitute Live
Wednesday 8th April
Eliza Carthy MBE needs little introduction: a multi-award winning singer, songwriter and musician from a formidable English music dynasty. Describing herself simply as a “modern English musician”, Eliza herself is one of the most recognisable faces of the English folk revival. Her first “solo” album of traditional music in 14 years, Restitute is literally a homely affair, recorded as it was at Eliza’s home in the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire.
Maki Namekawa – Philip Glass UK premiere
Friday 17th April, 7:30pm
Maki Namekawa is the one of the pre-eminent interpreters of Philip Glass’s music on the piano and tonight she illuminates St George’s with the UK premiere of his first piano sonata, written specially for her by the composer. The sonata’s world premiere took place at Festival Ruhr in July 2019 and received widespread acclaim.
Almanac: Live with Lia Leendertz, Héloïse Werner and Three Cane Whale
Saturday 18th April, 7:30pm
Lia Leendertz’ indispensible seasonal guides reinvent the tradition of the rural almanac for a new audience. Composer Richard Barnard will transform her 2020 Almanac into a moon-themed evening of music and spoken word, blending new arrangements of the Almanac’s folk songs featuring virtuosic performer Héloïse Werner, readings from the book by the author and Three Cane Whale’s cinematic instrumentals.
Monday 20th April
Join award-winning actor, comedian and best-selling author, Robert Webb, for an insightful and witty evening about love, grief and time travel to celebrate the publication of his debut novel Come Again.
Brodsky Quartet & William Barton
Thursday 23rd April, 7:30pm
William Barton is Australia’s most celebrated didgeridoo virtuoso. The sounds that he creates from this apparently simple, elemental instrument are quite extraordinary; his performances generate awe, even disbelief, in his listeners. Peter Sculthorpe, Australia’s greatest composer of the 20th century, encountered Barton’s genius late in life, and wrote a number of works for him, including a number of collaborations with string quartet. The Brodskys, who have for a long time been enthusiastic advocates of Sculthorpe’s quartets, have long wished to perform with William Barton.
Spiro & Synergy Vocals
Thursday 30th April, 8pm
Spiro’s raw, punk-infused minimalism and trademark intricate interplay steps up a level in this exciting new collaboration with Steve Reich’s vocalists of choice, the incredible Synergy Vocals and analogue-synth player Ruth Wall. The groups merge to create one emotionally charged but exquisitely controlled machine as Spiro’s main composer Jane Harbour harnesses the super-human technique of Synergy’s voices.
Thursday 2nd April, 1pm
Exciting young American violinist Randall Goosby and pianist Jonathan Ware perform Tomaso Antonio Vitali’s Chaconne in G minor alongside Richard Strauss’ Violin Sonata Op 18 and a Suite for Violin & Piano by 20th century American composer William Grant Still.
Thursday 23rd April, 1pm
A hugely talented performer and composer, Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula’s presents Schumann’s Fantasie Op 17, two works by Lili Boulanger – Prélude en réb and 3 morceaux pour piano, Faure’s Nocturne No 13 Op 119, and Two Interludes written by the performer himself.
Thursday 30th April, 1pm
Young Spanish saxophonist Manu Brazo and pianist Prajna Indrawati bring us two fantasy showstoppers for saxophone and piano – Gershwin/Ralph Martino’s A Gershwin Fantasy and an arrangement by Brazo of Verdi/Lovreglio’s La Traviata Fantasy.
The Listening Room is a brand new series of live sessions in the Glass Studio. Artists of all kinds will perform fresh material and discuss the ideas that shape their work.
Saturday 18 April 1.30pm
Born in London to mixed Indian/British heritage, Simon McCorry’s recent work is a rich combination of field recordings, adept loop based compositions & atmospheric improvisations that explore the rich sonic possibilities of the cello. From droning stillness & devastating harmonic simplicity to abstract microtonal atmospheres, his work recalls post-classical greats such as A Silver Mt Zion at their most plaintive and Stars of The Lid at their most majestic.