Bristol International Classical Season 2015/16 is now on sale

Following the most successful year for classical music at Colston Hall for a decade, we have recently unveiled a Bristol International Classical Season 2015/2016 programme that is packed with extraordinary music, from much-loved mainstays of the classical repertoire, to premieres of brand new compositions.

Tickets are now on sale for the series, with the first concert taking place on 2 October with a visit from the Dresden Philharmonic, followed by another eleven concerts given by internationally renowned orchestras led by eminent conductors such as Vasily Petrenko, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Kirill Karabits, and featuring sensational soloists including Steven Isserlis, Vilde Frang and John Lill.

In January the inspirational Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists cast a spell over Mozart’s last three symphonies. The Philharmonia Orchestra paint an awe-inspiring portrait of Planet Earth in Concert, Spring turns Scandinavian with Oslo Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra blasts off into outer space for a cosmic odyssey.

The backbone of the season is a residency from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra at Colston Hall, which continues its journey through Prokofiev, presents a smorgasbord of Sibelius, and gives its first performance of James Macmillan’s new choral work under their Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits.

Louise Mitchell, CEO of Bristol Music Trust that manages Colston Hall explains; “We’ve had a phenomenal year for attendance at our Classical season with more audiences coming to Colston Hall and trying our classical events than ever before. We are programming a number of contemporary orchestral events too, including Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra on the Harbourside and John Grant with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, which sold out in November 2014. We are also delighted to welcome our residents, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and their exciting new season under the inspirational leadership of Kirill Karabits. He really is a conductor the South West can be proud of.”

The series will also feature Inside The Music talks when Jonathan James, who will delve into the themes behind the evening’s music, and interview the artists who bring these great works alive. As a conductor and trained teacher, Jonathan brings a breadth of expertise and a deep enthusiasm to exploring the works. Talks take place before each concert at 6.25pm in The Lantern and are free with a concert ticket.

To make the series accessible for new audiences we now also offer Saver Seats for just £10, whereby customers are allocated the best available remaining seat in the auditorium on the night of the performance – perfect for people wanting to try out classical for the first time or a moving first date! And of course, our usual subscriber discounts apply when booking multiple concerts. Find out more here.

Plus – check out our new video about what makes experiencing live classical music such a powerful experience – including interviews with Sir Mark Elder, Miloš Karadaglić and Oliver Condy. Click the image below to see it.

Explore the season in full here and start planning your season of classical music with Colston Hall.

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