Colston Hall’s renowned Classical Season to open this October in Bristol

Colston Hall’s renowned Classical Season to open this October in Bristol

Posted on: 10 Oct 2017

Colston Hall’s renowned Classical Season to open this October 


The Bristol International Classical Season programme for 2017-18 at the city’s Colston Hall will commence this October, featuring a host of the UK’s finest orchestras, the world’s most talented soloists and conductors as well as visiting international orchestras. The season will be the final classical programme before the venue temporarily closes for redevelopment until 2020.


The 2017-18 Classical programme will open with an all-German kaleidoscope from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 12 October with Clarinet Magic before the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra return on Thursday 19 October with a tangle of Russian Romanticism from Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov for Passion’s Peak.  The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will then close the 2017 performance programme with Russian Dance, featuring Glazunov, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky on Thursday 16 November.


The Academy of St Martin in the Fields will open the 2018 leg of the season on Thursday 25 January with Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons and a symphonic slice of Beethoven, shortly followed by a double helping of Dvorak with the incredible Czech Philharmonic on Sunday 11 February.


The season will also feature:


The London Symphony Orchestra, playing on Wednesday 21st February, considered one of the world’s leading orchestras with Robin Ticciati forging an intriguing Franco-German entente cordiale. Brahms Violin Concerto, Franck Psyche Suite, Ravel Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2. Conductor, Robin Ticciati and on Violin, Alina Ibragimova.

The London Symphony Orchestra

The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, on Thursday 17th May delving deep into the Russian soul with Weber, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. Weber Euryanthe Overture, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. Conductor, Michael Sanderling and on Violin, Jennifer Pike. 

The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, on Tuesday 29th May led by the incredibly talented young Lithuanian conductor, Mirga Gražinyt?-Tyla featuring Boulanger, Debussy and Mahler. Boulanger D’un Matin de Printemps, Debussy La Mer, Mahler Symphony No. 1. Conductor, Mirga Gražinyt?-Tyla.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

A series of performances from Colston Hall’s resident orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will provide the foundations of the season as they celebrate their 125th anniversary in May 2018. The season will be celebrated with extraordinary soloists such as Andreas Ottensamer, David Fray, Stefan Jackiw, Simone Lamsma and Sunwook Kim and present symphonies by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz and Beethoven.

Wurth Philharmonic

The season will come to a close with the Wurth Philharmonic on Friday 8 June under the legendary Maxim Vengerov that settles on searing Shostakovich after J Strauss, Bruch and Saint-Saens. Musical youth steps up to the plate under the legendary Maxim Vengerov for an end to the season. J Strauss Die Fledermaus Overture, Bruch Violin Concerto, Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Shostakovich Symphony No. 10. Conductor: Stamatia Karampini, Maxim Vengerov (2nd half), Violin: Maxim Vengerov.


Tickets for the series, which starts on Thursday 12th October, are on sale and available from or by calling the Box Office on 0117 203 4040. For those looking to make the most of the programme discounts up to 30% off tickets are available when you book for 3 or more concerts. 


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