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Christmas Classical Music Events in Bristol

Charlie Kenber

Nothing helps to bring in the festive season like classical music. Deeply atmospheric, moving and romantic in equal measure, a wintry fix of classic music-making is the ideal way to banish the cold weather and embrace your internal warmth. With an array of talent on show in Bristol this season, check out our list for some of the highlights.


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Schubert’s Winterreise at St George's 
Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR

Taking place at one of Bristol’s cosiest venues, St George’s, this is a great opportunity to catch Schubert’s setting of Wilhelm Müller’s epic song cycle. Performed by Tenor James Gilchrist and Pianist Anna Tilbrook, a long-standing partnership, Winterreise promises to take you on a journey through love and loss. A true masterpiece in a stunning setting, there’s no better way to call in the winter season. Plus it’s a great opportunity to check out St George’s new pavilion extension.

Winterreise is on at St George's, 6 December at 7.30pm. Full price tickets from £15.75 available here.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Winds of Change at St George's 
Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR

Colston Hall Associates the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are back this season for a series of performances taking place across the city. This concert features Anton Eberl’s Third Symphony as well as three pieces by Beethoven, including an intriguing 259-bar fragment of a C Major Concerto for Violin and orchestra. Expect plenty of drama and heart at this performance, with sweeping melodies and emotional turmoil; plenty to get your teeth into this Christmas.

Winds of Change is on at St George’s Bristol, 29 November at 7.30pm. Tickets from £16 available here.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Power and Passion at Victoria Rooms
88 Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1SA

A post-Christmas treat to look forward to from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, this concert features the work of Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Sibelius and Rimsky-Korsakov. Taking place at Bristol’s delightful Victoria Rooms it’s sure to be a special night, with flair and sparkling prowess on show. From the dazzling notes of Greig’s work to the enchanting bursts of The Snow Maiden Suite and finally the catchy drama and verve of Tchaikovsky it is certain to be a night to remember.

Power and Passion is on at Victoria Rooms, 28 February 2020 at 7.30pm. Tickets from £16 available here.

Handel’s Messiah at St David's Hall, Cardiff 
9-11 The Hayes, Cardiff,  CF10 1AH

It’s a bit out of the way in the beautiful surrounds of Cardiff’s St David’s Hall, but we couldn’t resist including this classic of the Christmas calendar. Broadcast live on national radio and featuring the BBC National Chorus of Wales in collaboration with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, this famous and widely-loved choral work is the perfect fit to get you in the mood. Emotional and moving yet celebratory and thrilling, it’s a piece which so keenly beckons in the season. Well worth a trip across the bridge.

Handel’s Messiah is on at St David's Hall, 11 December 2019 at 7.30pm. Full price tickets from £15 available here.

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