The Anatomy of The Orchestra

Steve Reich - The Four Sections

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    14:30 & 17:00
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The orchestra is a thing of wonder. It is also, invariably, a thing of mystery: a huge number of musicans playing in perfect time. How does this happen? The Anatomy of the Orchestra is part concert, part installation, providing a thrilling opportunity for the audience to climb inside this perfect team, to immerse themselves in its mechanisms and to explore its process.

The Anatomy of the Orchestra will turn Colston Hall’s foyer inside out, as a total of fifty-one musicians – directed by the critically acclaimed Charles Hazlewood and drawn from Army of Generals and The British Paraorchestra – will be spread across the four levels of the atrium to play The Four Sections, a rare work for symphony orchestra by the highly influential American composer Steve Reich.

Join us for this unique occurrence and walk amongst the orchestra as it plays, creating your own sonic mix from each section. You can move between floors, walk towards the trombones, stand behind the oboes, wander between the double basses, or just fix yourself in one position and let the music flood your eardrums.

Recommended for ages 8+.

Performance Times

Show 1 – 14:30 – 15:00
Show 2 – 17:00 – 17:30

This event is free and not ticketed. We recommend arriving 15 minutes before the start time. The duration of this performance is 30 minutes.

In rehearsals

Bristol New Music 2018

This concert is part of Bristol New Music 2018, bringing the very best international contemporary new music to the city in partnership with Colston Hall, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol for a dazzling weekend to explores new realms in sound.

To view the full festival programme click here.

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Presented by

  • Paraorchestra & Friends are Associate Artists of Bristol Music Trust, an artistic partnership formed to imagine and implement innovative approaches to live music programming, and to ensure a diverse range of creative voices are highlighted and heard.

  • Bristol New Music is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by the PRS for Music Foundation; in partnership with the University of Bristol.

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