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City of Bristol Brass Band

Of Far Flung Skies

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Please note – the number of tickets available for this event is increasing, as we relax social distancing measures within the main hall. This is in line with Government and local council guidelines. Our Box Office team will be in touch with ticketholders about how this affects their tickets or seats, and options such as moving to a better seat if one has become available. You can read more about our Covid-19 response here.

Traditional brass band meets contemporary composer – result: a captivating mix of luxurious harmony and exciting soundscape to tantalise the palate. Of Far Flung Skies will evoke memories and stir the imagination. The programme will include many references to light and a world beyond…. Let the journey begin.

2021 marks the 85th anniversary of City of Bristol Brass Band, one of the premiere brass ensembles in the south west. The first brass band to successfully apply to the Making Music Adopt a Composer scheme, they will premiere the stunning piece Of Far Flung Skies by award winning composer Laura Shipsey in her first work for brass. Laura studied composition at Durham University and completed her Masters at Cardiff University. She is a Britten Pears Young Artist. The premiere will be conducted by Ian Holmes a well-known and widely regarded Bristol born musical director.

The Adopt a Composer project brings together music groups and composers to collaborate on creating a brand new piece of music. The project pairs leisure-time music groups with a composer for a year, culminating in a premiere performance, a recording and a possible radio broadcast. The composer has the opportunity to get to know a performing group and write a piece especially for them, while the group has the chance to contribute to the creation of a new work by some of the UK’s most promising composers.

Visit Making Music Here to find out more.

Adopt a Composer is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music, and is funded by the PRS Foundation and the Philip & Dorothy Green Music Trust

Pre-event Food & Drink

Enjoy delicious drinks and light bites from our Café Bar ahead of the event.

Available to pre-order when booking your tickets, you can choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival, accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all Vegetarian). Just select which option – for one or two people – you would like, before checkout.

Your pre-ordered food and drink will be available to collect from the Café Bar from 60 minutes before the event. It’s the perfect way to begin your event experience at St George’s!