2018 is bringing Bristol a host of new concerts, venues and ensembles: and even some brand new music. Both Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol are taking the start of the year to celebrate modern classical compositions: read on to find out where you could hear 2018’s up and coming composers.
Colston Hall welcomes the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in January, where, alongside Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, the audience will be treated to a new piece by American composer Edgar Meyer. Conductor of the world-class chamber ensemble Joshua Bell commissioned the piece, Overture for Violin and Orchestra, from the composer, who wrote with both the forces and sensitivities of the ensemble in mind. With a style characterized by a flair for orchestration, and the influence of his successes as a renown bassist, Meyer’s newest work is sure to get hearts racing.
St George’s Bristol
On its reopening in the spring, St George’s Bristol will be welcoming Manu Delago for a spectacular late-night performance. While the music itself isn’t brand new, Delago has reworked his most successful pieces from throughout his career in a series of arrangements of everything from classical to electronic pieces. Accompanied by his own ensemble of string players, expect dramatics at every turn: from the spine-tingling sounds of his compositions to the theatrics of colourful modern staging.
A few weeks later St George’s will be hosting a world premiere of David Ridley’s new work, commissioned by the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra. Ataraxia promises to be a piece full of spirit, enlightenment and peace: however, with the premiere still a few months away, its best to book your tickets now so you can be sure to experience it first-hand.
2018 will see Bristol filled with music of every kind: make sure you don’t miss out on a moment of the history being made in our city. Spend this year exploring new talent and new music in the heart of the city.