Clifton International Festival of Music 2014

Collaboration and Contrast

The Clifton International Festival of Music returns in 2014 with a theme of ‘collaboration and contrast’, and a programme of hugely varied of classical music making. For the first time at the Festival, artists from different musical disciplines have been brought together for a number of collaborative concerts exploring the exciting possibilities of cross-genre performance.

With the South West’s brightest musical talent and some of classical music’s biggest names, this year’s Festival promises to be one of Bristol’s spectacular music events of the Summer.


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Clifton International Festival of Music 2014

Collaboration and Contrast

Another fantastic Summer of classical music performance in Bristol is ahead with the second instalment of the Clifton International Festival of Music. Established last year to mark the fortieth anniversary of Clifton Cathedral, the festival’s main venue, the 2013 festival took the South West by storm and received superb reviews. This year’s event promises to be just as special with its refreshing combination of locally sourced talent and internationally renowned performers.

The 2014 festival includes a unique concert as part of the ongoing Orgelbüchlein Project in which acclaimed organist William Whitehead will engage in a game of Bachian tennis(!) with the Fred Thomas Trio, bouncing around some of the fine chorale preludes of J. S. Bach. The Erebus Ensemble returns for our second collaborative concert of the week, which sees the group perform some Renaissance gems interspersed with Jazz improvisation by Andy Williamson and Friends.

No festival this year would be complete without reference to the poignant anniversary of the First World War and some of the wonderful music that was produced during that most difficult of periods. To this end, one of the country’s leading violinists, Rupert Marshall-Luck will perform Vaughan Williams’s timeless Lark Ascending and the UK premiere of a violin sonata by Frederick Kelly, written during the Great War.

The week is brought to a close in style with one of the finest choral ensembles in the world. The Sixteen have embarked on their 14th annual choral pilgrimage and visit Bristol on 14th June with a quite stunning programme of Tudor polyphony featuring Davy, Mundy and Sheppard.

Series tickets

Please click on the links below to discover more about the individual events surrounding the festival, or click the buy link to book for multiple events in the season.

Book tickets for 3 or more different Clifton International Festival of Music concerts and receive a series discount of 15%.

Book 6 or more tickets for the same concert and receive a discount of 15%.

Only one concession applies at any time.

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