A celebration of fugue and flight in 2016…

Melodies that chase each other from one side of the page to the next … seductive rhythms that flip upside down and inside out … mathematical sequences that open up to a world of wonder … our new series is inspired by fugue!  With Bach as its starting point, The Art of Flight soars off into the skies and out into space, building programmes around fugue and adding these to music and events that celebrate Bristol’s status as home of the British Aviation Industry and the 150th anniversary of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Friday 4 March, 7.30pm
Where else to begin the series than with the astonishing piece that inspired it – Bach’s The Art of Fugue.  When it comes to a performance of Bach’s masterpiece there is one pianist who stands out as a musician able to journey through its labyrinthine corridors with exceptional skill, Angela Hewitt.
Tickets 30, £25, £20, £14, £5 Students (limited availability) (plus fees)

Thursday 3 March, 8:15pm, all other Thursdays in March, 9pm  (At-Bristol)
Discover the story of flight in this immersive 3D show at Bristol’s amazing new 3D Planetarium.
Recommended Age 16+ / Strictly no under 6s (due to 3D content)
Tickets £8,£7 Concs  (available from or via 0117 915 1000)

Friday 15 April, 7.30pm
No series on fugue and flight would be complete without a nod to some of the greatest fugal keyboard writing of the 20th century – Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues.  A romantic opener from Mendelssohn and a foray through the keys of some of Scriabin’s Preludes lead into some brilliantly atmospheric pieces by Debussy which dance around the idea of flight.
Tickets £20, £15, £10, £5 Students (limited availability) (plus fees)

And look out for…

Weekend of Flight – 25-27 November

Our Art of Flight weekend, presented in association with the Festival of Ideas’ BRISTOL 800 celebrations, sees world premieres of new commissions by composers Graham Fitkin and Liz Lane, the latter performed by brass band in Filton – the home of Bristol’s aviation story.  We also host an exhibition of amazing aviation artwork by the artist David Bent, whose captivating work is perfectly suited to our theme; we’re sure it will be a big hit with visitors to the venue. Finally, on the Sunday, we throw open the doors for a day of family fun, presented in association with At-Bristol.

More details about the weekend events, and further concerts in the series coming soon!



Main image ‘Bristol Scout’ courtesy of David Bent Hon