All concerts are at 7:30pm at St Mary's Church unless otherwise stated.
- 29th September 2018
The Bristol Ensemble is the city's only professional orchestra with a core of 25 musicians and a further 50 who can provide a variety of concerts from piano trios to a full orchestra. The Ensemble plays in the region's major venues and has worked with outstanding artists and soloists, including Dame Evelyn Glennie and the international pianists Freddy Kempf and Peter Donohoe. The Ensemble's film and TV engagements include music for BBC Bristol Natural History Unit and TV productions such as the David Attenborough series Life in Cold Blood. Among recent films, Any Human Heart won a BAFTA and an Ivor Novello award for best music score for Bristol composer Dan Jones.
For our concert we are very fortunate that the Ensemble have offered to perform their "Romantic" selection played by their string musicians. The programme will include Elgar's "Serenade for Strings", young Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in D minor", Holst's "St Paul's Suite" and Greig's "Holberg Suite". We are assured of a memorable evening of superb music.
- 27th October 2018
Nicholas Tall (organ recital)
Nicholas is an organ scholar alumnus of Wells Cathedral School and organist and choirmaster of the United Parish of East Harptree. He has performed at numerous prestigious venues including the Oxford and Cambridge colleges and has worked with several eminent conductors. Whilst at Wells he won the Vicars Close prize for the highest mark. He is continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music and this September will take up an appointment as Organ Scholar, St Mary's Bourne Street, London.
- 24th November 2018
Millie Ashton (violin) with Jenny Clarke (piano)
Millie is currently in her third year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Prior to joining Guildhall, Millie was the Leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain whilst attending the Purcell School for Young Musicians. This culminated with a performance at the BBC Proms and a recording of Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" and Holst's "The Planets" with Chandos Records. Since being at Guildhall, Millie has enjoyed Leading the Guildhall Studio Orchestra directed by Dave Arch and the band in the musical "Crazy for You". Whilst studying Millie has freelanced with prestigious orchestras and many events including appearing on the X Factor with Paloma Faith and Matt Terry, Britain's got talent with Alfie Boe, and Global Awards with Andrea Bocelli.
We will be treated to wonderful violin music with well-known music by Brahms, Gershwin, Kreisler, Massenet, Paganini, Elgar etc and finishing with the rhapsodical Monti's Csardas.
- 26th January 2019
A rousing start to the New Year with music drawn from light classics, swing and big band, as well as from the great musical shows, jazz and pop - in short, music that will make you want to smile, hum and tap your feet. Bold Brass has provided music for the Open University award ceremonies in Torquay, Cheltenham and Milton Keynes for over 15 years and for many years have been an essential part of the Bristol Evening Post Carol concert in the Colston Hall. Bold Brass players have many years of experience playing in brass bands, jazz and big bands. The standard of playing is to semi-professional standard and the repertoire is drawn from classical, jazz, big band and popular brass band music. Many of their arrangements have been made especially for the group by past and present members and musical directors.
- 23rd February 2019
Laurence Perkins (bassoon) with Michael Hancock (piano)
Laurence is bassoon tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and at York and Nottingham Universities. He has also been a regular bassoon and chamber music tutor at many summer schools and courses in the UK and overseas. His programme is a wonderfully accessible and colourful programme with some very well-known composer names including Richard Rodney Bennett (film scores for "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Far from the Madding Crowd"), Bernstein, Gershwin, Herbert Howells, and a beautifully classical sonata by Saint-Saens. His accompanist for our concert is the acclaimed pianist Michael Hancock who is a distinguished musician with a career spanning over 40 years as a singer, pianist, conductor, teacher, adjudicator and examiner for the ABRSM. Michael has accompanied many eminent musicians including Julian Lloyd Webber.
- 30th March 2019
West Mendip Orchestra
The WMO is a friendly medium sized orchestra with members from around Somerset and Bristol.
The Orchestra rehearses at the Lynch Chapel Hall in Winscombe and performs three or four concerts each year. Their concerts often feature well known local soloists and also young talented musicians early in their career. The Orchestra often provides the final concert of our music festivals and their events are always very well supported.
Their conductor is Nicholas Bromilow who besides being a talented singer and musician has studied conducting with the heads of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.
For our concert the Orchestra will play Bizet's Carmen Suite, Mozart's Flute Concerto, and Franck's Symphony in D minor.
- 27th April 2019
Yulia Chaplina (piano) and Jonathan Deakin (piano duet)
An evening of Russian music performed by the acclaimed pianist Yulia Chaplina and her husband Jonathan Deakin.
Yulia was born in Rostov-on-Don (Russia) and gave her debut performance aged 7, performing Bach's Keyboard Concerto in F minor with the Rostov State Symphony Orchestra. Since her first major competition win in Poland, aged 9, Yulia has won first prize in piano competitions in France, UK, Spain, Russia, Japan, and Ukraine. Yulia won first prize and the Gold Medal in the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition in 2004, going on to perform regularly as a soloist in many of the world's finest venues, including Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonie, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, and Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo. Jonathan graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music and has performed as a pianist and cellist on Radio 3 and BBC Proms. Jonathan is also the founding member and solo cellist of the London-based Aurora chamber orchestra.
- 18th May 2019
Bristol Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society (accompanist John Talbot)
The BGSOS is a Society dedicated to performing and appreciating the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. They aim to stage one G&S production each year, usually at the Redgrave Theatre in Clifton. In addition, their action-packed season is typically filled with fundraising, charity and social events.
"This was a fast-paced show with an exceptional cast throughout. They should be congratulated on a concept that was simply not just another night at the theatre; it was a remarkable experience.", "Every production that I have seen by this society has been the perfect interpretation of Gilbert & Sullivan, with an excellent chorus and always the right casting of the main characters".
Concert tickets price 10 pounds, or 8 pounds for Society members. Students' and childrens' tickets are half adult price. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night or can be obtained in advance from:
- Team Office, St Mary's Church, Yatton
Please note that the society reserves the right to change programmes/artists
in the light of unforseen circumstances beyond its control.