The Nature of Why at Perth Festival, Australia
Feb
21
to Feb 23

The Nature of Why at Perth Festival, Australia

Feel the transformative power of music and dance in an epic performance bursting with passion and joyous intensity.

Taking inspiration from the unconventional curiosity of Nobel prize-winning physicist, Richard Feynman, and his search for meaning in the world around us, The Nature of Why is an intimately powerful and evocative work.

Led by renowned conductor Charles Hazelwood, members of the world’s only large-scale ensemble for professional disabled musicians, the British Paraorchesra, are joined by string players from Perth Symphony Orchestra to perform a cinematic live-score by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory. The stage becomes a site of discovery as four dancers move to the music in a choreography by Australian artist and disability advocate Caroline Bowditch.

Merging contemporary dance and live orchestral music The Nature of Why erases the divide between musicians, dancers and audience, immersing you in an uplifting up-close-and-personal theatrical experience.

HEATH LEDGER THEATRE

21 Feb - 23 Feb 2019

Thu 21 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM

Fri 22 Feb 2019, 3.00 PM

Fri 22 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM

Sat 23 Feb 2019, 3.00 PM

Sat 23 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM

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Spindle Ensemble at The Forge
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Spindle Ensemble at The Forge

‘This is cinematic music of a high calibre, executed with eloquent musicianship. Elements of classical composition, jazz harmony and folk sensibilities combine with worldly influences from Ethiopia and the Far East. This is captivating music.' Songlines magazine

Spindle Ensemble are an experimental instrumental quartet from Bristol’s music collective Bloom (Tezeta, Yama Warashi, Count Bobo, Dubi Dolczek, Evil Usses, Leonie Evans, Alabaster dePlume, Run Logan Run). They perform original compositions by Daniel Inzani that hover cinematically somewhere between jazz, folk and classical idioms, taking inspiration from artists such as Moondog, Maurice Ravel, Charles Mingus and Mulatu Astatke. Their debut album 'Bea was released as a gatefold vinyl via Adderwell Music in Nov 2017.

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Spindle Ensemble at The Globe at Hay
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

Spindle Ensemble at The Globe at Hay

Friday Live: Spindle Ensemble 

Spindle Ensemble are an experimental instrumental quartet from Bristol’s music collective ‘Bloom‘. They perform original compositions by Daniel Inzani that hover cinematically somewhere between jazz, folk and classical idioms, taking inspiration from artists such as MoondogEric Satie and Mulatu Astatke. Their debut album, Bea, was released as a luxury gatefold vinyl edition via new label Adderwell Music in Nov 2017.

Spindle Ensemble features pianist and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Inzani, Caelia Lunniss (violin), Harriet Riley (tuned percussion) and Jo Silverston (cello).

“Spindle Ensemble Bea (Adderwell Music): represent the best of the latest swathe of modern classical to hit theartsdesk on Vinyl.” The Arts Desk

Book tickets £5.00 8.00pm

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Spindle Ensemble at St George's
Apr
6
1:30 PM13:30

Spindle Ensemble at St George's

This event is in the glass studio

Spindle Ensemble are an experimental instrumental quartet from Bristol’s music collective Bloom (Tezeta, Yama Warashi, Count Bobo, Dubi Dolczek, Evil Usses, Leonie Evans, Alabaster dePlume, Run Logan Run). They perform original compositions by Daniel Inzani that hover cinematically somewhere between jazz, folk and classical idioms, taking inspiration from artists such as Moondog, Maurice Ravel, Charles Mingus and Mulatu Astatke. Their debut album ‘Bea’ was released as a gatefold vinyl via Adderwell Music in Nov 2017 (full release 26th Jan 2018).

Bea was recorded in a converted village chapel studio named ‘Grand Chapel Studios‘ in Bedfordshire. It was mixed and engineered by Michael Pearce who created a stereo image of the room and Spindle performed as an ensemble, in order to capture their sound raw and live in an acoustic environment that bought the best out of their instruments’ natural resonance. Spindle Ensemble recorded their debut album in April 2017 and named it Bea after Jo’s recently born daughter to mark the birth of the band. The striking cover art for Bea was created by well known Australian artist and designer Anna Higgie.

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Spindle Ensemble at Rockhampton Winter Festival
Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Spindle Ensemble at Rockhampton Winter Festival

Come and join us for this great gig with Spindle Ensemble in Rockhampton Village Hall.  It's the first in our new winter series of events. 

This fascinating and youthful quartet are; Daniel Inzani (folk harp, accordion and keyboard), Caelia Lunniss (violin), 
Harriet Riley (marimba and vibraphone ) and Jo Silverston (cello) . They perform original compositions by Daniel that hover somewhere between jazz, folk and classical idioms, taking inspiration from artists such as Moondog, Eric Satie and Mulatu Astatke. 

Find out more about the Spindle Ensemble 
here.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to buy your tickets quickly and easily online.  They're £10 (or £5 for under-18s and students).  The venue isn't very big so get your tickets now !

Making a difference

The Spindle Ensemble will also be touring care homes and special schools in the area courtesy of the Live Music Now scheme and the proceeds from Rockhampton Folk Festival - so a big thank you to all those of you who had a drink in at last summer's festival - the proceeds are going directly back to the community!

Making a difference to the local community is at the heart of what the Rockhampton Folk Festival is about.  Knowing that some groups in our community rarely have the opportunity to engage with live performance, we bring festival music to them instead.  Find out more about out outreach work 
here.  

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Handel's Messiah with Devon Baroque
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Handel's Messiah with Devon Baroque

Following last year’s sell-out performance, we are delighted to announce that the Cathedral Choir will again team up with early-music specialists Devon Baroque for a seasonal performance of Handel’s classic oratorio. Tickets available 1st September 2018.

The proceeds from this concert will go towards the Exeter Cathedral Music Foundation Trust, who are kindly sponsoring this event.

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Bristol Symphony Orchestra
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

Bristol Symphony Orchestra

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
In support of St Peter’s Hospice Room To Care Appeal

FEATURING
Rebecca Evans soprano
Longborough Festival Opera Young Artists
City of Bristol Choir
Bristol Symphony Orchestra
William Goodchild  Conductor

Experience a rare and exciting night full of intrigue, mystery, passion and drama.
You will hear some of the greatest overtures, arias and choruses ever composed, and experience the operatic story like never before.
If you like opera, don’t miss this. If you think you don’t like opera, definitely don’t miss this - and prepare to be surprised!

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Spindle Ensemble supporting Dakhla Brass (Album Launch)
Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

Spindle Ensemble supporting Dakhla Brass (Album Launch)

Dakhla Brass return to The Wardrobe theatre to showcase their brand new and most expansive album yet - ‘Murmur’. As well as marking the addition of a sixth member, in the form of brilliant double-bassist Riaan Vosloo, the recording of the new album also sees the band working closely with Vosloo’s Nostalgia 77 colleague, producer Ben Lamdin, and recording away from their hometown for the first time (at London’s Fish Factory Studios).

Dakhla brass weave glittering brass threads into intricate musical tapestries like no other band. Propelled by restless percussion, theirs is ‘not exactly’ music – not exactly jazz, not exactly brass band or Arabian or second-line Mardi Gras, yet it draws on all that and more. This is demon stuff, delivered with deadly accuracy by six exceptional musicians- its in a class of its own. 

“A powerhouse. Talent, instinct and creativity make them a real force to be reckoned with” (Sound on Sound Magazine).

"Very modern, great grooves, sound of Jazz coming from the UK that makes it stand out from everywhere else." "Dakhla Brass – here is one of the bands doing great things right now." (Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2).

http://dakhlabrass.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PLa2Lujhng

Spindle Ensemble are an experimental instrumental quartet from Bristol’s music collective ‘Bloom‘. They perform original compositions by Daniel Inzani that hover cinematically somewhere between jazz, folk and classical idioms, taking inspiration from artists such as Moondog, Eric Satie and Mulatu Astatke. Their debut album, Bea, was released as a luxury gatefold vinyl edition via new label Adderwell Music in Nov 2017.

‘Beautiful sounds, definitely a band to watch’ Fiona Talkington - BBC Radio 3, Late Junction

http://www.spindleensemble.com

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Tezeta at The Lanes (supporting The Scorpios)
Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

Tezeta at The Lanes (supporting The Scorpios)

The Grey Area presents:

The Scorpios
We welcome, for the first time to Bristol, The Scorpios. Who, with they’re unique musical meltdown of hypnotic Arab rhythms, psychedelic Sudanese Afrobeat and eastern funk, will be a treat for your ears and feet!

Tezeta
Tezeta are an 8 piece instrumental group combining elements of experimental jazz, afrobeat, soundtrack composition and collective improvisation. The musicians are part of Bristol based collective ‘Bloom’ and between them play with bands Yama Warashi, Count Bobo, The Evil Usses, Spindle Ensemble, Cloudshoes, Run Logan Run, Rae, Dubi Dolczek and many more.
 

Tickets:

https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/whats-on/the-lanes/mon-22-oct-the-grey-area-presents-the-scorpios-tezeta-46902

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Phantom Ensemble at The Gallimoufry
Oct
21
9:00 PM21:00

Phantom Ensemble at The Gallimoufry

What do you get when you bring together the dopest Bristol beat maker, a keyboard maestro and a jazz sax virtuoso ....... a journey through hip hop to jazz, straight to the belly of the funk. The Phantom Ensemble was started by Bristol producer Toby Simiah and it was his need to play live that led him to reach out to sax hero Craig Crofton and harmonic master Dan Somers, to start a new forward thinking project fusing organic hiphop breaks with chilled jazz flows. 2018 has seen this super cool collab signing their first record deal with Kingunderground records, a well known underground U.K. hip hop label, with the highly anticipated release expected on vinyl and digital in the autumn. By the time the band’s debut album was mixed and mastered they were already working on their second album and adding new material at their live shows. Look out for more exciting music from this trio very soon!

Featuring Harriet Riley on vibes/percussion.

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Insight Ensemble goes Under the Sea
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Insight Ensemble goes Under the Sea

An orchestral odyssey beneath the waves...

From sandy shores to the depths of the deep blue; a sonic journey through sparkling coral reefs, tumultuous tidal waves and the vast expanse of the ocean…

With full symphony orchestra always at the heart of Insight Ensemble’s sell-out, captivating performances, Under the Sea also features fishy choreography, contorting creatures, eerie theremins, mesmerising new compositions and much more!

In collaboration with Invisible Circus and many talented artists of Bristol.

Doors and bar open 1 hour before each show:

Sat 6th Oct:
9pm (£21 adult, £19 concession)
Group discount: 4 adults £78

Sun 7th Oct:
4pm (£19 adult, £17 concession, £9 child)
Group discounts: 4 adults £70 
7pm (£21 adult, £19 concession)
Group discount: 4 adults £78

Embracing the theme in costume is encouraged!

The performance lasts just over an hour. Please book tickets in advance and arrive early to avoid disappointment. This is a fully promenade-style show, with some seating with limited view. There is disabled access but please be aware The Loco Klub Tunnels is an historic venue with uneven flooring and parts of the show will be in low lighting. Recommended for children aged 4+. Child tickets valid up to and including age 14.

The bar will be open after the later shows and our in-house DJs will be spinning some tunes! Please stay and have a drink and a dance with us. Any questions please email: insightensemble@gmail.com

www.insightensemble.co.uk
#insightensemble @insightensemble
SPONSOR US! If you share our vision of bringing powerful classical music to fresh audiences, and feel you can make a donation please visit our website for details.

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Tezeta at Fiddlers
Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

Tezeta at Fiddlers

Worm Disco Club and Manana // Cuba are joining forces to present a night of amazing live music, visuals and sensory meltdown featuring sounds from two brilliant live acts. 
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Ariwo;

A four piece outfit of Cuban and Iranian musicians, Ariwo exist to bridge the gap between ancient ancestral rhythms and modern electronic music. 

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Tezeta;

Tezeta are a Bristolian 8-piece insturmental group that combine elements of experimental jazz, afrobeat, cinematic composition and collective improvisation. The musicians are part of local collective BLOOM with each one bringing their own twist and set of influences to the band.

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Plink & Boo Autumn Tour
Sep
29
to Nov 10

Plink & Boo Autumn Tour

Some might be Plink and others are Boo
Why does it matter, what’s the to-do?
Jumbled up people and boxes too small
Come play in our den and discover it all...

Welcome to the topsy turvy world of Plink and Boo. Using acrobatics, live music and mountains of toys, join us in an interactive circus theatre adventure to explore what happens when people don’t fit into boxes (even if it is the neatest place to put them).

link and Boo has been created and written by Can’t Sit Still in collaboration with children, parents and childcare professionals from Bristol and Swindon.

Saturday 29th September | Oxford Playhouse | 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm | www.oxfordplayhouse.com
Sunday 30th September | The Place, Bedford | 11am, 1pm, 3pm | www.theplacebedford.org.uk
Saturday 6th October | Gulbenkian, Canterbury | 11am, 1pm, 2.45pm | www.thegulbenkian.co.uk
Wednesday 10th October | Matson Library, Gloucester (Strike A Light/GL4 Festival) | 11am, 1pm, 3pm | www.strikealightfestival.org.uk
Thursday 11th October | Matson Library, Gloucester (Strike A Light/GL4 Festival) | 10am, 12pm, 2pm | www.strikealightfestival.org.uk
Saturday 13th October | Half Moon Theatre, London | 11am, 1pm, 3pm | www.halfmoon.org.uk
Wednesday 17th October | Gloucester Library (Strike A Light) | www.strikealightfestival.org.uk
Thursday 25th October | Z-arts, Manchester (Big Imaginations Festival) | 11am, 2.30pm | www.z-arts.org
Friday 26th October | The Grand, Clitheroe (Big Imaginations Festival) | 11am, 2pm | www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Saturday 27th October | Lancaster Library (Big Imaginations Festival)  | 11am, 1pm, 3pm | www.lancasterarts.org
Thursday 1st November | Déda, Derby | 11am, 1pm, 3pm |  www.deda.uk.com
Friday 2nd November | Ellesmere Port library (Big Imaginations Festival) | 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm | www.actiontransporttheatre.org
Saturday 3rd November | Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (Big Imaginations Festival) | 12pm, 2pm, 4pm | www.breweryarts.co.uk
Saturday 10th November | Stratford Circus, London | 11am, 1pm, 3pm | www.stratford-circus.com

Plink and Boo is presented in association with  Action Transport Theatre and Prime Theatre
Commissioned by Prime Theatre, Art of Libraries and Strike A Light
Sponsored by Little Treasures Toy Shop
Supported by Arts Council England and Circomedia

Creative team:
Hobbit - performer/deviser
Jake England-Johns - performer/deviser
Harriet Riley - musician/deviser
Catherine Boot - director/deviser
Laura McEwen – designer
Jay Haigh - producer
Nina Hajiyianni, Matilda Leyser, Ivor MacAskill, Mark Powell - mentors
Cathy Harwood - child psychotherapist

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Phantom Ensemble at The Gallimaufry
Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

Phantom Ensemble at The Gallimaufry

What do you get when you bring together the dopest Bristol beat maker, a keyboard maestro and a jazz sax virtuoso ....... a journey through hip hop to jazz, straight to the belly of the funk. The Phantom Ensemble was started by Bristol producer Toby Simiah and it was his need to play live that led him to reach out to sax hero Craig Crofton and harmonic master Dan Somers, to start a new forward thinking project fusing organic hiphop breaks with chilled jazz flows. 2018 has seen this super cool collab signing their first record deal with Kingunderground records, a well known underground U.K. hip hop label, with the highly anticipated release expected on vinyl and digital in the autumn. By the time the band’s debut album was mixed and mastered they were already working on their second album and adding new material at their live shows. Look out for more exciting music from this trio very soon!

Special guest: Harriet Riley

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BBC National Orchestral of Wales at Theatr Hafren
Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

BBC National Orchestral of Wales at Theatr Hafren

Britten: Young Person's guide to the Orchestra
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Stravinsky: The Firebird
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela
Williams: Music from Star Wars, Schindler's List, Jaws and Harry Potter


If you’ve never been to a classical, orchestral concert before, and are perhaps nervous about giving it a go, this is the one for you! Popular BBC broadcaster Lynn Bowles presents this fantastically varied and colourful experience - introducing each piece of music, the stories they tell and what to listen out for.  

Hearing the 80-strong BBC National Orchestra of Wales at full throttle in music from Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird or Star Wars will pin you to the back of your seat, but in pieces like Vaughan Williams’ exquisite The Lark Ascending or John Williams’ heart-breaking main theme from Schindler’s List, you’ll also experience the luscious warmth and delicacy that an orchestra’s colour palette can paint. And talking of painting – children’s author and illustrator James Mayhew (the Katie and Ella Bella Ballerina books) will be creating pictures in the moment, during the works by Britten and Stravinsky: all projected onto a big screen.

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The Nature of Why at the Southbank
Sep
5
7:30 PM19:30

The Nature of Why at the Southbank

A fusion of dance and live music inspired by the unconventional curiosity of Nobel prize-winning theoretical physicist Richard Feynman.

The show merges a brand new cinematic live score from Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, an ensemble of musicians from the British Paraorchestra and four dancers who erase the boundaries between audience, music and movement.

 

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The Nature of Why at the Southbank
Sep
5
3:00 PM15:00

The Nature of Why at the Southbank

A fusion of dance and live music inspired by the unconventional curiosity of Nobel prize-winning theoretical physicist Richard Feynman.

The show merges a brand new cinematic live score from Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, an ensemble of musicians from the British Paraorchestra and four dancers who erase the boundaries between audience, music and movement.

 

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Nonsensus at Tete a Tete (produced by Operasonic)
Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

Nonsensus at Tete a Tete (produced by Operasonic)

Nonsensus maps the emotional state of an urban district in Newport, Wales. Distilled from the transcripts of a three-question, door-to-door odyssey undertaken by independent data collector Stuart Farnsworth, Nonsensus is a psycho-geographical experience. It could be your street in your town, your neighbour over the fence. Immerse yourself in an operatic journey of hopes, fears, philosophy, politics and memory, and enter the inner world of next door.

Music: Richard Barnard

Words: The people of Maindee, Newport edited by Steven Jones and Rhian Hutchings

Director: Rhian Hutchings

Performers: Kate Reynolds, Harriet Riley TBC

Facebook: /OperaSonic

Twitter: @OperaSonic

Instagram: @OperaSonic

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Nonsensus (produced by Operasonic)
Jul
12
7:30 PM19:30

Nonsensus (produced by Operasonic)

Nonsensus maps the emotional state of an urban district in Newport, Wales. Distilled from the transcripts of a three-question, door-to-door odyssey undertaken by independent data collector Stuart Farnsworth, Nonsensus is a psycho-geographical experience. It could be your street in your town, your neighbour over the fence. Immerse yourself in an operatic journey of hopes, fears, philosophy, politics and memory, and enter the inner world of next door.

Music: Richard Barnard

Words: The people of Maindee, Newport edited by Steven Jones and Rhian Hutchings

Director: Rhian Hutchings

Performers: Kate Reynolds, Harriet Riley TBC

Facebook: /OperaSonic

Twitter: @OperaSonic

Instagram: @OperaSonic

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