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Sat 24 Aug 2024

BBC Proms 2024

The Virtuous Circle

Paraorchestra

Beacon Hall

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Musicans perform under blue light surrounded by audience. Pink and orange graphic twirls boarder the image.

Exploring the orchestra as the ultimate embodiment of teamwork, this unprecedented new work recasts the classical concert as an immersive experience.

In The Virtuous Circle, Paraorchestra perform in perfect synchronicity, playing Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 on the move, combining with dancers in an array of choreographic formations.

New compositions from Ivor Novello Award-winner, Oliver Vibrans, abstract the DNA of Mozart’s opus, delicately threading together the four iconic movements.

Upending orchestral conventions, the performance takes place on the floor of Beacon Hall rather than on stage. You can choose to watch from a vantage point in the tiers above, or wander amongst the players as they perform, dissolving the barrier between audience and performer and allowing your curiosity to inspire your experience.

This unprecedented new show invites you to the heart of the action, to experience the perfect symbiosis of an orchestra – the ultimate virtuous circle – in breathtaking surround-sound.

Co-commissioned and co-presented by BBC Proms and Paraorchestra

Charles Hazlewood Co-director & Conductor
Kyla Goodey Co-director
Tom Jackson Greaves Choreographer
Paraorchestra

 

Programme

Mozart Symphony No. 40
Interspersed with new compositions by Oliver Vibrans

 

Format: Standing and Reserved seating

Age: For all ages (Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

  BSL interpreted
 Audio-described

 

Performance times

Performance 1
Doors:
 17:30
Start Time: 18:00
End: 19:00

Performance 2
Doors:
 20:00
Start Time: 20:30
End: 21:30

All timings are approximate and subject to change.

What to expect

The Virtuous Circle will be performed on the floor and stage of Beacon Hall and performers will be on the move throughout. There are two different ways to experience the performance:

Immersive
Standing or unseated in Lower Stalls

You can expect to be amongst the action on the floor of Beacon Hall (stalls) where you can walk or wheel about freely and can choose which elements of the performance you would like to experience up close.

Seated
Reserved seats/spaces 

Reserved seats are available at the rear of the Stalls, Choir Stalls, and Lower Tier. From here you can enjoy a wider view of the show.

Wheelchair users

Both Immersive and Seated options are accessible for wheelchair users. Please book a ticket according to how you prefer to experience the show.

Wheelchair users who book for the Immersive experience will be able to move freely between the Lower Stalls and Access Viewing Area in the Rear Stalls via a lift.

 

How to book

To book for an Immersive experience, select one of these options in the booking path:

  • Stalls > Standing Only, then select Standing tickets
  • Stalls > Access Areas, then select Wheelchair – Stalls tickets

 

To book for a Seated experience, select one of these options in the booking path:

  • Stalls > then select a reserved seat in the Rear Stalls
  • Choir
  • Lower Tier
  • Stalls > Access Areas, then select Wheelchair – Stalls tickets

 

 

Access

  BSL interpreted
 Audio-described
Touch Tour – 16:45 (30 mins)

  • Both Immersive and Seated options are accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Wheelchair spaces on the Lower Tier are in a fixed position.
  • There are no fixed wheelchair spaces on the floor of Beacon Hall (Stalls). You can choose where you wish to experience the performance in this area.
  • Wheelchair spaces in the Rear Stalls are in a fixed position on the Accessible Viewing Platform.
  • If you need to sit for a long or short period of time for the performance, please book a ticket in one of the seated areas.

 

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Ticket Prices

All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fees

 

Immersive

Standing: £27.25
Wheelchair – Stalls: £27.25

 

Seated

Full Price: £27.25, £8.75 (limited availability)
Accessible Viewing Platform: £27.25

Access tickets include a free personal assistant ticket. Join our access register.

 

Discounts

20% discount for under 18s
Not available on £8.72 tickets.

Wow what a show! The Paraorchestra were all fantastic and the show felt like a cutting-edge showcase of what’s to come in the space. Awesome!

Audience comment on Trip The Light Fantastic

About Beacon Hall

Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon

The venue

Beacon Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR

  Bicycle

Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.

  Bus

Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Access

Mobility

Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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