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Sibelius, Nielsen, Dukas and Glazunov with Eloisa-Fleur Thom
5 December 2015, 7.30 pm
St George's Bristol

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About the BCO

"Red Hot Concert".... Bristol Evening Post, June 2009

Bristol Concert Orchestra is one of Bristolís largest and most versatile orchestras.  In recent years, under the expert direction of Stefan Hofkes, the orchestra has built up an excellent reputation, performing in Bristolís main concert venues with top national and international soloists, attracting critical acclaim.

Apart from its main concert series the orchestra is frequently invited to perform with choirs in and around Bristol.  These have included a "Bristol Sings" Verdi Requiem with Bristol Choral Society in 2009 and Mahlerís Resurrection Symphony with Colstonís School Choirs in 2010, both at the Colston Hall; and more recently in June 2011 another Verdi Requiem with the South Cotswold Choral Group, in the magnificent Tewkesbury Abbey.  June 2013 saw a return invitation to Tewkesbury, to perform Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony and other works.

2010 was the start of a new initiative: the family concert.  This first for BCO featured the delightful The Story of Babar the Little Elephant by Poulenc.  The orchestra continued this theme in 2011 by participating in a community arts festival in Stoke Gifford, where we gave two workshop performances of Prokofievís Peter and the Wolf.  In 2012 we gave a thrilling rendition of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite and Finale at Bristol Grammar School; and we returned there in 2013 and 2014 to perform Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker.  Most recently, in 2015, we performed The Sorcerer's Apprentice and a Harry Potter Symphonic Suite to two packed houses at BGS.  All of these events featured free admission to the public.

BCO has a sister orchestra, BCO Sinfonietta, which gives summer concerts of classical period repertoire at St Mary's Church in Olveston.  At their most recent concert in July 2015, the orchestra performed works by Schubert, Bach, Handel and Mozart.

BCO is a Registered Charity in England and Wales - 1128196.


Occasionally the orchestra has vacancies for suitably experienced players.  (Guideline standard: Grade 8).  Please contact us if you are interested.  We rehearse on term-time Mondays, between 7.30 and 9.30 pm, at Ashton Park School, Bristol.  We are always pleased to help new members and we can often arrange shared transport.
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How to contact BCO


Post: 38 Watch Elm Close, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32 8AN, UK

Telephone: 0117 923 6778

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Phil Ellwood - Bristol Concert Orchestra - Secretary

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