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Trip the Light Fantastic

Paraorchestra with Surgeons Girl, Charles Hazlewood and Limbic Cinema

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Refracted light beams

Witness a space reborn as sound and light collide in spectacular fashion in Trip the Light Fantastic.

Produced by Paraorchestra in collaboration with Surgeons Girl, Charles Hazlewood, and Limbic Cinema, this extraordinary experience has been specially commissioned by Bristol Beacon to reconnect us to this newly-transformed space.

Two of Bristol’s own – the pioneering Paraorchestra and celebrated electronic composer Surgeons Girl – create electro-orchestral alchemy with a dynamic visual response from AV experts at Limbic Cinema for this landmark opening night.

This concert experience will be opened by a new commission from Paraorchestra composer Asteryth Sloane, Prelude to a Beginning, a sensual and spatial work which will showcase the full extent of Bristol Beacon’s new astonishing natural acoustic.

Join us and celebrate this radiant new beginning together.

Bristol Beacon Opening Night



In an effort to welcome as many people as possible for our opening night, you can Pay What You Decide for this event on a sliding scale:

First price: £30.00 incl. booking fee
Second price: £20.00 incl. booking fee (recommended)
Third price: £10.00 incl. booking fee

Please note: This Pay What You Decide model applies to all seats in the auditorium.



First performance
Start time: 19.00
Finish: 20.15

Second performance
Start time:



This immersive concert experience will include flashing and strobe lights that may be unsuitable for anyone with photosensitivity or sensory issues. For further advice, please refer to our access and experience information.

Format: Reserved seating

Age: 14+ (Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

All timings are approximate and subject to change

“This deep and luminescent new composition will embody the sense of hope and possibility, opportunity and renewal that the new Beacon represents. The result will be an incandescent experience as we collectively move towards and embrace the light.”

Charles Hazlewood, Paraorchestra

Access and experience information

  Flashing and strobing

This is an immersive concert experience with intense flashing flights and dramatic lighting changes throughout that may not be suitable for some attendees.


This event will include:

  BSL signed

  Audio Description

  Touch tour

  Quiet room

  Wheelchair access


For further details of the experience, please refer to our access and experience guidance.

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We firmly believe that music should be shared by everyone. Please consider joining our Access Register to help us help you have the most comfortable experience possible.

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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Produced by Paraorchestra
Commissioned by Bristol Beacon

Lead Artist and Composer – Surgeons Girl
Illuminated by Limbic Cinema

Responding Composer – Oli Vibrans
Prelude to a Beginning Composer – Asteryth Sloane

Bristol Beacon is a registered charity and gratefully acknowledges funding from our principal transfromation partners:

Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, West of England Combined Authority and UK Government

As a registered charity, Paraorchestra and Friends gratefully acknowledge funding from:

Arts Council England, The Mark Leonard Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Linbury Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation.


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