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Next Concert
Sat 16 Nov 2024
St George's Bristol
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New leader appointment: More info

Next Concert
Sat 16 Nov 2024
St George's Bristol

New leader appointment: More info

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Join us for a magical, musical journey!

Welcome to Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra. Here you will find information about the Orchestra, its outstanding conductor, Tim Harrison and Leader, Anneka Sutcliffe

The Orchestra is delighted to announce its concert programme for Season 2023 - 2024

Saturday 16 March 2024  Sunday 16 June 2024 
St George’s Bristol  Bristol Beacon
“Music across Europe (a tour through nations)”  “Earth and Beyond (Immortality and Soul)” with City of Bristol Choir, Conductor: David Ogden

The autumn concert saw the Orchestra working with Sophie Stockham, local jazz saxophonist and composer who offered a new fusion piece named “Selene’s Awakening”. It concluded with Mahler’s Symphony No 1, aptly named “Titan” - a work of great magnitude featuring an exposed double bass solo, off-stage trumpets, tuba melodies and an enormous horn section. In his review of the concert in Bristol 24/7, Tony Benjamin wrote 'the Bristol Metropolitan are to be congratulated for an entertaining and eclectic evening reflecting the diversity of orchestral music.'

In March 2024, Steffan Morris, Welsh cellist who currently leads the cello section of the Northern Sinfonia will perform the much-loved Elgar Concerto followed by a UK première of Estonian Artur Lemba’s Symphony, a really stunning work with which you will fall in love for its memorable tunes. 

There will be a special collaboration in the summer when the Orchestra teams up with City of Bristol Choir and its conductor David Ogden at newly reopened Bristol Beacon. As one of the first amateur groups to make use of the hall for a full concert, this will be an exciting project. James Gilchrist, a highly respected singer with a portfolio of high-profile recordings to his name, joins the chorus and orchestra for Finzi’s “Intimations of Immortality”. Simmy Singh, providing a new commission, is an innovative composer, leader and artistic director of the Manchester Collective. In addition, there will be a performance of “Earth”, a short piece by the Oscar-winning composer of film scores Hans Zimmer before Holst’s “Planets”, a thrilling piece for audience and performers alike, ends this stellar concert. 

There are further details of each concert on our Concerts pages.

Look at our Opportunities page where you will find more information on joining and playing with the Orchestra, along with an on-line form to apply to join. We always welcome enquiries  from Grade 8 plus musicians who are experienced orchestral players and would love to hear from you if you are interested in coming along for a trial rehearsal.  While we are always interested in hearing from string players, we are currently actively recruiting for: -

  • violas;  
  • double basses.

The Orchestra is a registered charity. Our concerts present a great opportunity for sponsorship, donation and programme advertising. Find out how you can support us by going to our Support Us page. If you enjoy our concerts and want to leave feedback please write a review on our Contact page.

We have included a list of useful links on the Contact page to our concert listings and other useful sites.

The Orchestra acknowledges and thanks Bluetree Website Design, Microsoft, Google, Adobe , Buffer and Charity Digital for their generous support in the provision of website, software, marketing and technology support.

And finally – take a look at our social media and feeds – links below.

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