Thursday, 29 September 2016

Bristol Symphony helped to raise nearly £10,000 for three Bristol charities

It's been a successful season of charity concerts for Bristol Symphony Orchestra. 

Having formed in January 2016, Bristol Symphony Orchestra is pleased to have helped raise nearly £10,000 for three Bristol charities

St George’s BristolBristol Youth and Community Action, and Penny Brohn UK.

The High Sheriff’s Concert raised £3,500 for St George’s Bristol 
and £4,200 for Bristol Youth and Community Action


The current High Sheriff of Bristol, Helen Wilde, chose to hold this annual event at St George’s Bristol to spotlight their Building a Sound Future project. This will extend and upgrade the building to make it fit for the 21st century. Work is already under way to build an elegant two-storey extension to provide the space and facilities so desperately needed for the growing numbers of concert-goers, artists and school-children who visit. To make her concert really special she, and her husband Dr Peter Wilde, commissioned the Concerto for Kora and Orchestra, co-composed by Bristol Symphony Orchestra composer/ conductor William Goodchild and Bristol-based kora player Mamadou Cissokho, which was performed to loud acclaim. 

Bristol Youth and Community Action is a fund that enriches the lives of young people by providing co-ordinated holiday activity schemes for them in disadvantaged areas of the city.

Standing Ovation at half time at the High Sheriff's Concert


Sara Lovell’s Concert at Trinity-Henleaze, URC, Bristol,

raised £1,800 for Penny Brohn UK


International cellist, Sara Lovell, who beat breast cancer last year, joined forces with Bristol Symphony Orchestra to raise over £1,800 for the charity that supported her through her illness. Together, they packed out Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church after which a cheque for £1,800 was presented to Penny Brohn UK

Sara Lovell has performed on concert platforms across the globe, for films and for radio. She said ‘Penny Brohn is fantastic and gave me back my life. Cancer impacts everything, from your personal life to career, and they helped me regain control of my health and wellbeing, which got me through treatment.

With over 35 years’ experience, Penny Brohn’s Bristol Whole Life Approach helps people and their supporters regain control of their health and wellbeing, and to find the resources to thrive before, during and after treatment. To achieve this, the charity explores areas such as diet, exercise, relationships and stress management through free courses, one-to-one therapies, groups, a treatment support clinic and their national helpline.

Bristol Symphony’s conductor William Goodchild (left) with Penny Brohn’s Ian Riddell and cellist Sara Lovell

Forthcoming Events


Spirit of the Cello 
at the Penny Brohn National Centre
October 28 2016 at 7.45pm

Sara Lovell, with accomplished pianist Nicholas Oliver, performs an intimate concert for Penny Brohn UK at their national centre at Chapel Pill Lane, Bristol BS20 0HH. Spirit of the Cello includes works by Brahms, Bruch, Schumann, Fauré and Chopin. Doors open at 7.20pm.

Tickets: £20, seniors £16 including canapés and a glass of fizz. Under 14s, £10. 
To book, ring 0303 3000 118, 


Bristol Symphony Orchestra - The Battle of the Somme 
at Clifton Cathedral
November 18 2016 at 8pm

Bristol Symphony Orchestra and Clifton Cathedral are working in partnership with Somme100 Film, Imperial War Museums, Arts Council, and Faber Music to commemorate the centenary of The Battle of the Somme with a screening of the 1916 silent film The Battle of the Somme, at Clifton Cathedral, Bristol BS8 3BX. 
Tickets: £17.50 /12.50 in advance or £20.00 / £15.00 on the door. For full information and to book, visit: www.bristolsymphonyorchestra.com
Concert in support of Help for Heroes.


Bristol Symphony Orchestra - An Evening of Film Music 
at St Georges’s Bristol 
December 1 2016 at 7.30pm

Experience live some of cinema’s most memorable themes including The Godfather, Jaws, The Magnificent Seven and with solo violinist, Roger Huckle, performing Three Pieces from Schindler’s List, and Cinema Paradiso. The concert is selling fast!
Tickets: £15 (£14), £12 (£11), £8 (£6), £5 U18s
To book ring St George’s box office 0845 402 4001 
or visit www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk. Tickets also available on the door. 

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