Operatic arias, classical virtuosos, philosophical thoughts and even the digeridoo feature in the new St George’s 2020 spring season launching on 18 November.


There’s a broad array of talent from classical, jazz, folk, world music and spoken word as well as a programme of events throughout the season to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Expect classical favourites such as the Aurora Orchestra, contemporary artists including Shards and the Manchester Collective, an exciting line-up for the Jazz and Blues Festival with the likes of China Moses and a new soundtrack for Eisenstein’s classic film Battleship Potemkin.


Classical highlights

The season kicks off with a Viennese New Year concert on 3 January from the Welsh National Opera Orchestra joined by American Soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams performing ‘a journey to Vienna’, an uplifting journey across the continent with Czech folk songs, Hungarian dances and Strauss’ best known Blue Danube.


Award-winning Swedish orchestra Västerås Sinfonietta visit in February bringing a spell-binding programme conjuring images of wind, seas and forest murmurs. Celebrated didgeridoo player William Barton joins Brodsky Quartet in April for a striking, not to be missed collaboration and resident orchestras Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and popular Chineke! Chamber Ensemble return to St George’s later in the season to delight audiences.


Beethoven 250

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Aurora Orchestra and pianist Angela Hewitt are just some of the performances on offer in 2020 to celebrate the birth of musical genius Beethoven. Angela Hewitt will be performing keyboard greats from Beethoven and Bach and Aurora perform Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ from memory, allowing them to move freely around the venue while performing to give a truly immersive experience.


Jazz, Folk and World Music

Gary Crosby’s sensational 22 piece Jazz Jamaica All Stars opens the jazz programme in style on 17 January. This extravaganza celebrates the legendary label and artists of Trojan Records and features best-loved anthems from the label. Cleveland Watkiss celebrates the musical heritage of Jamaica with the Great Jamaican Songbook on 13 February and the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival returns in March bursting with dynamism and colour with an array of well- known names including China Moses and Pee Wee Ellis.


Folk highlights include O’Hooley and Tidow who have been propelled into new found fame for penning the theme tune for the BBC/HBO drama Gentlemen Jack and Eliza Carthy and the Restitute Band, a multi award-winning singer, songwriter and musician and one of the most recognisable faces of the English folk revival.


The world music programme promises intriguing musical encounters including Shahid Parvez Khan, widely recognised as one of the greatest sitar players in the world and Welsh harpist Catrin Finch performing with Colombian joropo band Cimarrón. Catrin returns later in the season with Seckou Keita and Vishtèn in a one-off show that features sets by the artists before they all play together.


Music, spoken word, ideas and conversation and film

 The Listening Room is back on Saturday lunchtimes when local artists perform and talk about their creative practice. Expect an intimate and inspiring experience in the glass studio with artists including Lade Nade, Davey Woodward, Ngaio, and Run Logan Run.


Join artists and philosophers as they share their ideas in new art and philosophy salons. Chaired by Professor Simon Shaw-Miller and resident philosopher Julian Baggini these sessions engage audiences in a variety of interesting and open topics.


St George’s programming of live music and film continues this season as part of Filmic 2020. Look forward to Haiku Salut performing an original contemporary live score to Buster Keaton’s 1926 comedy classic, The General and a remarkable new soundtrack to Eisenstein’s classic 1925 film Battleship Potemkin.


Family events

As usual there’s plenty for families including the popular Wild Words and MiniBeats series introducing music and musical instruments to a younger audience. And in May Peppa Pig’s my first concert comes to St George’s– a wonderful first concert experience for children.


There’s also a visit from the National Open Youth Orchestra with their much anticipated debut. The NOYO is the first to showcase some of the UK’s most talented disabled and non-disabled young musicians playing together as members of an inclusive ensemble.


Chief Executive, Suzanne Rolt said:


“Our new spring programme brings dazzling virtuosos performing in our beautiful hall, original emerging artists sharing their music and ideas in our new Glass Studio and inspiring talks and conversations on interesting and current issues.


As the world celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020 we’re delighted to be joining the celebrations with some brilliant performances of some of Beethoven’s best-known work including celebrated Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt and Aurora Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Pastoral from memory. We’re also really excited to welcome back our resident orchestras and host for the first time the National Open Youth Orchestra, a truly inclusive ensemble.”


The season closes with Verdi’s opera La Traviata performed by Opera A La Carte one of the UK’s most original chamber opera companies.


On sale dates 

Priority booking for members from Monday 11 November

General Public Monday 18 November



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