Bristol International Classical Season

Oct 2015 - June 2016

  • Venue:

    Bristol Beacon
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A very warm welcome to the Bristol International Classical Season 2015/16, a programme that is packed with extraordinary music, from much-loved mainstays of the classical repertoire, to brand new music premiered only in 2015.

Taking place from 2 October 2015 to 11 June 2016, the series takes the shape of twelve concerts given by internationally renowned orchestras led by eminent conductors such as Vasily Petrenko, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Kirill Karabits, and features sensational soloists including Steven Isserlis, Vilde Frang and John Lill.


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Bristol International Classical Season

Oct 2015 - June 2016

Our new season gets off to a heroic start with a visit from Dresden Philharmonic, and in January the inspirational Sir John Eliot Gardiner is at the helm when English Baroque Soloists cast a spell over Mozart’s last three symphonies. Philharmonia Orchestra paint an awe-inspiring portrait of Planet Earth with spectacular visuals, 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 our season is 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.

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To celebrate the launch of Colston Hall’s International Classical Season 2015 – 2016 this unique video was created to show Classical music’s continued significance in the 21st century.

Featuring interviews with Oliver Condy (Editor, BBC Music Magazine), Miloš Karadaglić and Sir Mark Elder (Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra) this short film takes you on a unique journey around the hall, explores the power of live orchestration and looks closely at its impact on the lives of the Hall’s many visitors each year.


Enhance Your Experience

Inside The Music talks

Join Jonathan James as he delves into the themes behind the evening’s music, and interviews 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.

Chamber Concerts with Stephen Johnson and English Piano Trio

Chamber concerts accompany selected performances. Highly regarded music lecturer and BBC Radio 3 host Stephen Johnson will give an illuminating talk followed by a performance by the English Piano Trio of works that complement the main concert programme. Discounts available when bought with a ticket to the accompanying orchestral concert. Free tickets are available for 8-25 year olds with CAVATINA – contact the box office for more information.

Exclusive videos and expanded programme notes

Want to be prepared before you take your seat? Look out for our video series featuring Jonathan James and BBC Music Magazine editor Oliver Condy, who will be shedding light on each concert programme in the weeks leading up to the concerts. We’ll also be producing digital programme notes which will help you get your teeth into the music before you even arrive.

Classical EYE e-newsletter

Sign up to our e-news to receive Classical EYE – packed with all the facts on the International Classical Season, interviews with conductors and soloists, and exclusive extras direct to your inbox.

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Saver Seats for just £10

Experience world class orchestral music for just £10 by booking a saver seat. You will be allocated the best available remaining seat in the auditorium on the night of the performance – it’s the perfect way to try out a live classical concert for the first time or for a low cost evening out. There is limited availability and customers can purchase two tickets per transaction. This offer is not available in conjunction with other offers or subscriptions. For more information, please contact box office.

Book for 3 or more concerts and save up to 30% on tickets*

Book for 3 concerts save 5%

Book for 4-5 concerts save 10%
and receive a free ticket to a lunchtime concert of your choice

Book for 6-7 concerts save 15%
and receive a free ticket to three lunchtime concerts of your choice

Book for 8-9 concerts save 20%
and receive a free ticket to all lunchtime concerts

Book for 10-11 concerts save 25%
and receive a free ticket to all lunchtime concerts, a free programme for each concert and an invitation to the launch of the 2015/16 classical season

Book for all 12 concerts save 30%
and receive a free ticket to all lunchtime concerts, a free programme for each concert and an invitation to the launch of the 2016-17 classical season

*Discount applies to International Classical Season orchestral concerts, and excludes chamber concerts.

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