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Bristol New Music 2022

A city-wide festival of contemporary music and sound

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Artist Angel Bat Dawid plays clarinet on a dark, purple lit stage wearing a gold dress

A city-wide festival of contemporary music and sound.

The fourth edition of Bristol New Music promises four days of commissioned works, sonic responses to rarely used spaces, landmark concert hall performances, workshops, film and club nights.

For the opening concert, on Thursday 5 May at St George’s Bristol, Bristol New Music has co-commissioned an ensemble performance of new group compositions by Mica Levi, with support from Still House Plants.

Among site-specific works which draw inspiration from Bristol locations are artist Kelly Jayne Jones’ intimate multimedia performance deep inside the hidden vaults of Clifton Suspension Bridge, Áine O’Dwyer capturing the song and instrumentation of time, place and people in the Bristol neighbourhood of Easton, and Ellen Arkbro performing a new organ piece on the renowned Harrison & Harrison organ at St Mary Redcliffe.

Bristol New Music’s 2022 programme also features Sarah Davachi, Coby Sey with London Contemporary Orchestra, Ligeti Quartet, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Shirley Pegna, Jabu, Bendik Giske, DJ Marcelle plus many more.

Bristol New Music takes place biennially across Bristol. It is a collaboration between five key organisations in the city: Bristol Beacon, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol.

Funded by Arts Council England

Produced by Qu Junktions

Media Partners 2022: Crack, The Quietus, The Wire


Full line-up now announced

Áine O Dwyer
Angel Bat Dawid
Angharad Davies
Beatrice Dillon ft. Kuljit Bhamra
Bendik Giske
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Coby Sey with LCO
Copper Sounds
Dan Johnson
DJ Marcelle
DJ Proteus
Dominic Lash
Ellen Arkbro
Ensemble Variances
Helena Celle
Hezarfen Ensemble

Joanne Robertson
Kelly Jayne Jones
Ligeti Quartet
Marina Herlop
Mica Levi: star star star
No Home
Sarah Davachi
Shirley Pegna
Still House Plants
Surgeons Girl
Tara Clerkin Trio
Tina Hitchens
Verity Standen
Viridian Ensemble
Wojciech Rusin

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