WORLD-CLASS music covering classical, folk, jazz and world, plus family and spoken word events, feature in the new season at St George’s Bristol (January to May 2017).
The independent music venue, just off Park Street, has a rich and diverse programme – with plenty of ‘stand out moments’.
The new season comes as St George’s starts build work on a bold and ambitious new extension, which will give the venue new flexible performance, education and venue hire spaces, improved access, and a café bar.
Artists performing at St George’s over the next few months include:
Celebrated pianists Paul Lewis, and Nicholas McCarthy, who was born without a right hand;
The world’s most famous percussionist Evelyn Glennie;
Violin virtuoso Kyung Wha Ching, en route to the Barbican and Carnegie Hall;
Chineke! – Europe’s first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic orchestra – with BBC Young Musician of the Year cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason;
Soloists from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment;
Star saxophonist Courtney Pine featuring Brit-soul singer Omar;
Acclaimed folk duo O’Hooley & Tidow, and much-covered The Handsome Family;
Leading folk artists perform Shake the Chains, songs of social change, resistance and protest;
Early music vocalists Trio Mediaeval, with trumpeter Arve Henriksen;
Rizwan and Muazzam Ali Khan celebrating Pakistan Day, in the Qawwali tradition;
Tabakova Players provide inspiration for International Women’s Day;
Michael Burdett presents Strange Face, Adventures with a Lost Nick Drake Recording;
Family events, from Wild Words Beethoven’s 4 Seasons to MiniBeats Brilliant Brass.
Other concerts still at planning stage include collaborations with local radio station Ujima, providing a platform for Bristol-based singers, musicians and spoken word artists.
Chief Executive of St George’s Bristol, Suzanne Rolt, said: “We have packed an impressive line-up of concerts that is not lacking in stand-out moments.
“Our contemporary music programme includes an acclaimed solo show about the legendary Nick Drake, the UK meets US duo of Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, and an homage to the torchbearers of the Qawwali tradition featuring Rizwan and Muazzam Ali Khan.
“We also welcome back old friends The Handsome Family, Trio Mediaeval, Quercus, Three Cane Whale and Courtney Pine, who appears with the fabulous British-soul singer Omar.
“Finally we couldn’t be more excited to be marking St George’s Day on 23 April with the Bristol launch of an extraordinary new orchestra Chineke!, joined by the phenomenal cellist and BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason. This is music history in the making!”