Supported by PRS for Music Foundation
This May the Bristol New Music weekend returns for it’s second instalment, taking place across Colston Hall, St George’s Bristol and The Cube Cinema. Established in 2014 to give new ideas in contemporary music fertile ground on which to develop and connect with audiences, this year’s weekend offers platforms to both established and emerging artists, all fearlessly exploring new realms in sound.
The whole Bristol New Music weekend astounded and delighted its audience. Check out our Storify of some of the reactions to Kronos Quartet, Max Richter, Requiem for 114 Radios and the rest:
At the heart of the weekend, and set for an extended run, is Requiem for 114 Radios by artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth). A rare opportunity for the public to access the cellars of the 1867-built Colston Hall, prior to closing for a two-year redevelopment project, this world premiere sees 114 radios individually tuned to separate singing voices (including a number of special guests), static and other unidentifiable noise, creating a disembodied choir singing a forbidding rendition of Dies Irae from the Roman Catholic requiem mass.
We’re also delighted to welcome one of the world’s most respected contemporary music artists, Max Richter, as he opens his UK tour at Colston Hall on Sat 14 May, performing the acclaimed From Sleep and The Blue Notebooks with his Ensemble. The previous night the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet return for their first performance in many years, celebrating the work of Terry Riley and performing a programme of brand new music.
What’s more Bristol composer/producer Vessel teams up with Liverpool’s Immix Ensemble to present the live A/V incarnation of their 2016 Erased Tapes collaboration Transition.
Other new commissions include the remarkable talent of Bristol-born and raised, Berlin-based, John Bence, whose long-held ambition to work with Cambridge’s Concanenda Chapel Choir are finally realised in a double-header on Sun 15 May, performing first with the choir at St George’s Bristol in the afternoon, then remixing the performance live at The Cube that night.
The stunning St George’s venue also welcomes Norwegian trumpeter and soundscaper Arve Henriksen, who will be playing an Opera North commissioned piece ‘Places of Worship’ on Thu 12 May. Henriksen will be performing to a film by video artist Anastasia Isachsen mapped live onto the walls of St George’s.
A full list of concerts can be found below. Dive in and discover something extraordinary.
Bristol New Music is a consortium of five major organisations in Bristol, led by Colston Hall, including Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and University of Bristol. The 2016 weekend is curated by a partnership of Colston Hall, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol.