Top 3 MUST SEE at St George’s Concert Hall

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St George’s Bristol with its brand new extension

This autumn in Bristol there is change in the air. Whilst the Colston hall is closed for refurbishment, there is a new and exciting kid on the block.

St George’s Concert Hall, with its stunning new extension, has been completely refreshed renewing its international concert hall standard. If you’ve not yet experienced this exciting and diverse venue, here are a few suggestions …

St George’s Top 3 Concert Picks

3: Reborn – 12 Ensemble

Friday 28 September 7.30pm

12 Ensemble

The 12 ensemble has rapidly developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading string orchestras, and to see them at St George’s will be electrifying. They always perform without a conductor which gives them an audible contact to the audience.

Reborn, their bold new programme for 2018, explores how the old gives birth to the new: archaic ideas are given strikingly modern relevance through great artists influencing and inspiring one another.

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2: Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra

Saturday 17 November 7.30pm

Portret Dore Pejačević

Portrait of Dora Pejačević

One of Bristol’s longstanding amateur orchestras has committed to perform a work written by a woman in every performance.

The first in this commitment will be Dora Pejačević. The daughter of a prolific pianist and aristocrat mother, Dora lived a life of rebellion against the upper classes, and was described as a socialist.

She was composing at the same level of mastery as her male compatriots, Mahler and Wagner, with her music performed internationally in Europe.

The Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra will perform her Overture in D Minor alongside Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Brahms’ Symphony No.2.

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1:Daniel Pioro and Valgeir Sigurðsson

Sunday 21 October 8pm

Daniel Pioro plays Triorchic Blues by Gerald Barry. from Daniel Pioro on Vimeo.

With an impressive commitment to Contemporary music and improvisation, this collaboration between electronic and acoustic music is not your every day classical music choice.

Joined by very special guests, Jonathan Morton, Charlotte Bonneton, and Clare O’Connell, the evening alternates between unamplified string quartet sounds, solo electronics and all the noises in between.

It is the melange of renaissance composers such as Biber and Couperin with modern experimental works from Pioro’s new album Dust that interests me the most about this venture.

This will be out of the ordinary, and I have a feeling you’ll come away inspired by the freedom of improvisation.

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Insight into Space

A performance underneath the historic Bristol Temple Meads station is not your every day classical concert venue.  The cavernous space where ash from steam trains was originally dumped after long journeys lends itself to an inter-stellar experience of outer space music.

Insight Ensemble is a new group that create walk-through classical experiences for audiences who have never been to watch a traditional classical concert. This concert will feature composers from Beethoven and Holst to John Williams. I’m excited to be coming onboard this September as Chorus Master and performer.

Come onboard the space shuttle this September!


“… it looks like he has no idea what he’s doing.”

Vladimir Jurowski, principal conductor for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, has caught my attention today. Or rather, a comment from one of his followers on YouTube.

Honestly, when I see Jurowski conduct it looks like he has no idea what he’s doing… Kyle Tomlinson 2015

I quite like this comment because I think it is true to some extent. I think Jurowski has a total grasp of the music, as exemplified in this short extract below with the OAE performing Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. He is completely involved, and yet looks like he is taking inspiration from the musicians themselves. The reason some might say he has no idea is because he seems open to the thought that the performance can be a fresh experience. It makes me feel alive when I watch this in a conductor, and is so inspiring as a young professional.

Partners in Education

Yesterday I had the privilege of conducting Orchestra Vitae at a concert organised by the orchestras’ primary sponsor and education partner: The Foundation for International Education (FIE).

FIE hosts hundreds of international students who experience a unique study-abroad programme in London. The foundation has a strong focus on the arts, and every student in the Fall semester is invited to a special “Welcome to London” concert.

Cue Orchestra Vitae!