From a Last Night of the Proms concert to stirring soundtracks from films including Gladiator and Pirates of the Caribbean; orchestras from Dresden, Moscow and Prague, to choirs from Bristol; the new classical season at the Colston Hall is, in the words of Bristol Music Trust chief executive Louise Mitchell, “scintillating”.
The new season was launched last night with a performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra of The Planets by Gustav Holst, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, the last that he wrote.
More highlights in the upcoming season include Handel’s Messiah from Bristol Choral Society, preceded by a family-friendly mini Messiah; the annual New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala; and Nicola Benedetti playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.
There are also several bite-sized lunchtime concerts starting at 1.05pm from young soloists at the Royal Academy of Music, with all tickets costing £5.