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We’re delighted to introduce our inaugural Bristol Keyboard Festival.
Photo courtesy of Steinway & Sons

Bristol Keyboard Festival

Tuesday 30 October – Wednesday 7 November

#BristolKeys

Pianos – and keyboards of all shapes and sizes – have been at the heart of St George’s from the very beginning, and throughout its growth as a Bristol music venue. Pianos and keyboards join the dots in a programme that roams across endless styles and ages of music.

Remarkably, these most extraordinary of instruments have never had their own festival – until now! This autumn, we’re celebrating the launch of our new Bristol Keyboard Festival; a rich, exciting and diverse programme of keyboard- and piano-focused concerts in our beautiful Bristol music venue.

Join us for this non-stop, week-long festival as we look back over our shoulder to where the keyboard first started, and fast forward to the realm of future possibilities… and in the meantime, why not have a read of our insights into some of the Festival’s artists and programme.

TORD GUSTAVESEN

Tuesday 30 October – 8pm – Tickets available here

The opening concert of our Keyboard Festival, we’re delighted to welcome Tord back to St George’s, with his unique style of ‘Nordic Blues’ being developed further in his upcoming new record release with ECM Records. Have a sneak peek at his new material here.

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MAHAN ESFAHANI – HARPSICHORD RECITAL

Wednesday 31 October – 8pm – Tickets available here

“Serene, cerebral, playful, knotty, soulful, sometimes unashamedly virtuosic…” – Rian Evans, The Guardian

Alternatively, read what the New York Times had to say about Mahan’s take on the harpsichord recital – and browse his top picks of harpsichord music here.

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ZUBIN KANGA – WIKIPIANO

Friday 2 November – 8pm – Tickets available here

You, the audience, have the unique opportunity to influence what you will hear Zubin play…. Get involved with Alexander Schubert’s ever-growing, ever-changing composition at wiki-piano.net with your own musical experimentation. Meanwhile, get a taste for the experience to come with this recording of the world premiere and first version of Wiki-Piano, below. Or, head to our event page to book tickets, and watch Adam de la Cour’s horror-inspired work, Transplant the Movie!, featuring Zubin – he’ll be playing the sequel on November 2 too. It’s unlike any other piano concert in any other Bristol music venue!

 

THE JUPITER PROJECT

Saturday 3 November – Talk 10.30am – Concert 12 noon – Tickets available here

The day begins at 10.30 with a talk – free to ticketholders – from Professor Mark Everist and the performers. Everist is the author of Mozart’s Ghosts, and will explore Mozart’s changing image across the years, from his sudden death in 1791 through to the present day.

Jump to the 19th century for a moment, and imagine – Florence Nightingale the pianist? David Owen Norris’s Broadwood piano did belong to Nightingale, and is one of several period instruments here today.

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WILL GREGORY – MOOG ENSEMBLE

Saturday 3 November – 8pm – Tickets available here 

A stellar lineup including Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and Portishead’s Adrian Utley; work from Fitkin, Bach, Carpenter and more…and Moog synthesisers. Find out more about Will’s inspiration for Moog Ensemble:

 

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS & SWAN LAKE – WITH LIVE ILLUSTRATION

Sunday 4 November – 11am – Tickets available here

Watch illustrator James Mayhew’s work grow, live, to the Carnival of the Animals and excerpts from Swan Lake.

Having previously performed live illustrations with music at the Royal Albert Hall, James is also an illustrator of several much-loved children’s books. Perfect if your little ones are fans of Katie, Ella Bella Ballerina, or Gaspard the Fox (and/or, of course, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky!)

 

RÊVERIE – THE LIFE & LOVES OF CLAUDE DEBUSSY

Sunday 4 November – 7.30pm – Tickets available here

Explore the life and loves of Claude Debussy – narrated by Simon Russell Beale, and with Lucy Parham on piano. Solo piano works punctuate the story of Debussy’s rise to success to his untimely death 100 years ago. Get a sneak peek of part of the work here via Lucy’s YouTube channel:

 

LEEDS INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION – 2018 WINNER RECITAL

Tuesday 6 November – 7.30pm – Tickets available here

St George’s is delighted to host the as-yet-unknown winner of the 2018 LIPC in one of their first public recitals – a piece of musical history in the making. In the run-up to the event, why not follow the competition, which will be live streamed here.

 

PAUL LEWIS – HAYDN, BEETHOVEN & BRAHMS III

Wednesday 7 November – 7.30pm – Tickets available here

To close our inaugural Bristol Keyboard Festival 2018, St George’s is welcoming back Paul Lewis. The musician who selected our Steinway Concert D Grand Piano, and a judge of the Leeds International Piano Competition, Paul’s perfectly balanced programme is a fitting conclusion to this week-long celebration of pianos and keyboards. Hear more about what Paul has to say on Beethoven here:

We can’t wait to welcome you to Bristol Keyboard Festival 2018! #BristolKeys