Classical at St George’s – Spring/Summer 2018

While we may be looking a little different in 2018 (okay, quite a lot different), there is nothing new about the quality of the classical programme. As usual it is of the highest calibre, and features some of classical music’s most integral and thrilling artists. Some faces are familiar and make a welcome return, while others make their St George’s debuts. From exhilarating orchestral offerings to pensive pianists and champion chamber ensembles, not to mention versatile and virtuoso voices, there really is so much to look forward to!

The voices…

Mahler and Schumann, MacMillan and Handel, Bach’s B Minor Mass and Arvo Pärt’s extraordinary St John Passion are just some of the choral programme highlights next season. The Bach is performed from memory by the astonishing Solomon’s Knot, while the Pärt is brought to vivid life by Tenebrae (with a little help from Aurora Orchestra). The world-leading Florilegium is joined by counter-tenor and soprano in a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and our old friends Exultate Singers are here for not one but two unmissable performances in March and June. Speaking of old friends, the terrific tenor Mark Padmore is back for an evening of beautifully-crafted lieder (accompanied by pianist Julius Drake).

The orchestras…

The hall will be electrified by some of the country’s finest musicians, who gather together for music by Strauss, Beethoven and Elgar (to name very few). The inspirational Chineke! Orchestra is back for the next concert in its thrilling residency, while man-of-the-moment, Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the English Symphony Orchestra (which will sell out…) The OAE is back too, this time performing Strauss’ score for the 1926 silent film of Rosenkavalier… There’s plenty of local talent to look forward to with return visits from Bristol Ensemble, Bristol Symphony Orchestra, Bristol Classical Players, Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra and Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra.

The pianists…

We’ve note one but two visits from Paul Lewis in June, as the popular pianist takes us through the keyboard music of Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms. The exceptional Benjamin Grosvenor makes a long-awaited return visit for some dreamy Debussy and breathtaking Bach. The Lunchtime Concert programme also make a long-awaited return, and with it comes daytime visits from Ivan Ilic, Jelena Makarova, Ishay Shaer and Joseph Tong.

Chamber…

Small and very perfectly formed lunchtime music is on offer from the London Bridge Trio, Liv-Marie Kodurand and Jan Rautio and Les Kapsber’Girls. Clarinettist Julian Bliss and the Carducci Quartet provide an evening programme that includes David Bruce’s lively ‘Gumboots’…

For families…

Our award-winning MiniBeats series is back, taking in ‘Wonderful Woodwinds!’ and ‘Super Strings’, while The Hall On The Hill is a brand-new commission which celebrates the story of our 195 year-old building…

That’s of course just the tip of the iceberg! For the full picture of what to look forward to next season, click here, or pick up a copy of our season programme flyer.