Spooky Pianos, a Story-Teller & Swan Lake for Half Term

FAMILIES can get musical this half term with three events at St George’s Bristol.

There is MiniBeats ‘Spooky Sunday!’ on October 28, Wild Words ‘Dylan and Igor’ on October 31, and ‘Carnival of the Animals and Swan Lake’ on November 4.

October is also Family Arts Festival Month, with plenty of cultural activities taking place across Bristol.


Half term fun kicks off with the Halloween inspired ‘MiniBeats’ on October 28, with sessions for three to five year olds at 11am, a Relaxed Performance at 1pm, and for five to eight year olds at 3pm. There will be a Terrible Trail around the venue after the last MiniBeats.

Dressing up is encouraged, with prizes for the best costumes, and children and their families can expect a mix of crafts and super scary music. Petrifying pianos features music from ‘monstrous’ Mussorgsky, ‘spine-chilling’ Saint-Saens and ‘ghastly’ Grieg.


Story-yeller Michael Loader and musicians Tim Hill and Martin Solomon return to St George’s with ‘Wild Words on October 31 at 11.45am with a Playshop at 10.45am. Recommended for children aged six and over and their families, this new show fuses the artistry of writer Dylan Thomas and composer Igor Stravinsky in ‘Dylan and Igor’.


Children’s author and illustrator James Mayhew, supported by musicians Luke Jones and Imy Luc, brings ‘Carnival of the Animals and Swan Lake’ to St George’s Bristol on November 4 at 11am. The event is part of the venue’s Bristol Keyboard Festival, and features live illustration projected onto a giant screen and well-loved music from Saint Saens and Tchaikovsky. James Mayhew is best known for his Katie and Ella Bella books, and as illustrator for Gaspard the Fox.

Families can also explore the new ‘Our Story’ exhibition in the old Crypt at St George’s, retelling long-forgotten tales of the venue and its music.

For further details and to book tickets please go to stgeorgesbristol.co.uk.