Please note This event has been rescheduled from 15 November 2020 and 14 February and 10 April 2021. All tickets will remain valid. Our Box Office will be in touch with ticketholders separately. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa
Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel
Arvo Pärt Fratres
“…Music must exist of itself … two, three notes … the essence must be there, independent of the instruments.” Arvo Pärt
The distinctive simplicity and hypnotic, mesmerising quality of the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is deeply compelling and meditative. Performed in the resonant, crystal clear acoustic of St George’s Bristol, these one-hour concerts offer a wonderful opportunity to retreat to a state of tranquillity, as the musicians of the Bristol Ensemble assemble on stage once again to make music for you.
In Tabula Rasa (Clean Slate), the 1977 work that brought Pärt’s music in the ‘holy minimalist’ style of tintinnabulation to a worldwide audience, melodies slowly emerge and evolve, built on progressions that are almost mathematical yet exquisitely beautiful. The 30 minute work is scored for violin, string orchestra and prepared piano.
The programme includes two instrumental works from the same revolutionary period: the tranquil Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in the Mirror) written in 1978 and scored for violin and piano, and the 1977 minimalist masterpiece Fratres (Brothers), a set of variations on a theme of rich harmonic chord progressions, separated by a percussion motif.
Enjoy delicious pre-concert drinks and nibbles ahead of the evening’s concert. Choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all vegetarian).
Due to covid-19 restrictions we’re only able to operate pre-booked table service in our bar area so we’ve put together food and drink packages to enjoy ahead of each concert.
This package for one or two people can be booked online alongside your ticket order, please also advise our team of any allergies.
Covid safety measures include:
Seats for audience members are spaced apart with pairs and singles available
Face coverings will be worn throughout by the audience (apart from any audience members who are exempt)
The doors will be open before and after the concert to provide as much ventilation as possible
Each concert is 1 hour long with no interval