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Orchestral Season 2023/24

Odyssey by Jonathan Dove

with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Bristol Choir, Bristol Youth Choir + Bristol Windrush Reggae Choir

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The world premiere of Odyssey, a powerful new music-drama for singers and orchestra composed by Jonathan Dove. 

Drawing on first-hand accounts, this dramatically engaging story in song allows the audience to see through the eyes of one refugee on a perilous journey to seek safety in another country. As vivid snapshots of a peaceful home life turn to visceral images of unrest, together we travel through strange landscapes and across borders, and discover the courage it takes to leave loved ones and take desperate risks in order to survive. 

Jonathan Dove CBE is an English composer, known for his works for voice, and is widely acknowledged for his accessible style of writing. He is committed to community development through innovative musical projects, many of which bring together community and children’s choirs with professional singers and musicians. Dove’s operatic works are some of the most frequently performed of any living composer in the world. 

This performance of Odyssey is part of Be Kind Bristol,  a day of creativity co-curated with members of the refugee community in Bristol, which centres the lived experience of refugees and those who seek safety in another country. The day will feature musical performances, creative sharings and exhibitions led by those from the refugee community. 



Odyssey contains sensitive themes of war and the refugee experience. If you would like to know more about the themes contained in Odyssey, please contact Box Office.

Presented by Bristol Beacon

Commissioned by Bristol Beacon, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and City of Bristol Choir.

David Ogden Conductor
Francesca Chiejina Soprano
Thando Mjandana Tenor
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Bristol Choir, Bristol Youth Choir + Bristol Windrush Reggae Choir

Jonathan Dove Composer
Alasdair Middleton Libretto
Roxana Haines Director
MoYah Compere

May Park Primary School & City Academy School, Moyah & Don Jaga



Sanctuary Schools Project Our Song & Tabonga
Jonathan Dove Odyssey (World Premiere)


Format: Reserved seating

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

Doors: 16:30
Start Time: 17:00
Finish: 18:30

All timings are approximate and subject to change

Supported by The Marchus Trust

“Dove has a remarkable aptitude for writing music that is challenging to sing, stimulating to listen to, yet simple to remember.”

The Guardian

Odyssey Ticket Prices

This special commission is part of the Orchestral Season 2023/24 but has a bespoke pricing structure due to the nature of the event.

There are three price bands (Bands A-C) for this concert. Only Standard tickets are available; Open Concession tickets do not apply.

Band A £30
Band B £20
Band C £10

A limited number of tickets are available at £10 incl bf for Under 26s.

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Ticket Offers

If you purchase tickets for more than one concert in the 2023/24 Orchestral Season, you may be able to take advantage of our Multibuy offer.

Buy 3 concerts save 10%
Buy 4-7 concerts save 20%
Buy 8-10 concerts save 25%
Buy 11 concerts save 30%

In order to qualify for the discount, tickets for the corresponding number of concerts must be purchased in one transaction.

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 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.


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

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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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