Selected concerts from the 2015 Bristol Proms

The summer is lining up rather nicely. My travel plans for Verbier are confirmed, tickets too are in the bag (I’m just waiting on my interview requests). And today, I’m reminded of one or two concerts in the Bristol Proms I wouldn’t mind getting along to.

This is the third year of the Bristol Proms. I like it’s steadfast out-of-London ballsiness. There’s an appealing unfussiness about it too. Its events tell the stories about music it spotlights and, in some cases, it uses flashy light displays to enhance what we’re listening to.

And, more than anything else, the Bristol Proms 2015 features the Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment Night Shift on a Pub Crawl. I would so like to have been presenting that gig.

Some personal highlights worth booking tickets for:

Sacconi Quartet: Beethoven Opus No. 131 
A concert performed in (near) darkness. The Sacconi Quartet performs Beethoven’s dramatic String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Opus 131 from memory in the dark. Keep your hands to yourself, sir, if you’d be so kind.
Bristol Old Vic Studio, Monday 27 July, 6.45pm

Pure Minimalist Baroque: Mari and Hakon Samuelsen with Sinfonia Cymru
Bach plus Philip Glass plus the music of Giovanni Sollima . Nice.
Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Wednesday 29 July, 7.30pm

Heartfelt: Sacconi Quartet Digital Performance
Listen, see and touch an interactive performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. Yes, more Beethoven.  Heartfelt sees the Sacconi Quartet work with robotics designers Rusty Squid and interactive lighting designer Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn, combining live musical performance with robotics and responsive lighting. Form an orderly queue. I’m before you.
Bristol Old Vic Studio, Thursday 30 July,  6pm

The OAE Night Shift in Bristol
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Bristol Proms Pub Crawl ends up at the Bristol Old Vic Paintshop. I don’t imagine for a moment that any of the players will drink booze during their gigs, but they will expect that you do. Night Shift gigs are special. This is a biassed view. I urge you to attend.
Bristol Old Vic Paintshop, Thursday 30 July, 9.45pm

Songs of Hope: In 40 Voices
Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium has inspired The Erebus Ensemble to make use of the acoustics of Bristol Old Vic’s auditorium to present a surround-sound performance.
Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Saturday 1 August, 7.30pm

Classic FM will be broadcasting live from the Bristol Proms (27 July – 1 August 2015). Buy tickets for the concerts on the Bristol Old Vic website.

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