Our small plates menu will be unavailable in our Café Bar on  Sunday 19 and Tuesday 21 May. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Skip to main content
Man playing harpsichord with orchestra

(Approx 60 mins, no interval)

Manchester Collective with Mahan Esfahani

Automata

Part of Bristol Keyboard Festival

This event has passed.

Part of The Keyboard Festival

This event include a free pre-concert talk at 6.15pm with Mahan Esfahani and BBC Music Magazine

Book free pre-concert talk here

Manchester Collective and Mahan Esfahani are known for challenging conventions around classical music: here, they present a truly international programme built around a thrilling work by a musical outsider Joseph Horovitz, whose sensational Jazz Concerto for harpsichord, strings and jazz kit defies easy description, much like harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani himself.

JS Bach 3 Fugues and 3 Canons from The Art of Fugue (arr. Esfahani)

Laurence Osborn Coin Op Automata

Henryk Gorecki Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings, Op. 40

Joseph Horovitz Jazz Concerto

Laurence Osborn’s Coin Op Automata is inspired by sounds or voices which are simultaneously human and mechanical, like the sound of HAL 3000 as he pleads for his life in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Górecki’s breakneck Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings and a set of canons and fugues by Bach, arranged by Esfahani, complete the programme.

“A bold, perception-challenging programme of rich textural contrasts, every note illuminated by these incomparable musicians.” – Ikley Gazette

“Thrilling, inspiring and uplifting” ★★★★ The Yorkshire Post

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!