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.

Bristol Ensemble

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.


Hospitality Packages

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).

Packages are available to collect from 60 minutes prior to the concert start time.

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

Saturday 23 October 2021
4pm & 7pm (two separate 1 hour performances)

Bristol Ensemble: Arvo Pärt Meditation

£20, £15

A 5% booking fee applies online and over the phone. A £2 postage fee is charged where applicable.

Recommended Age: 8+

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