Bristol Proms will combine tradition and technology
THE tradition of 18th and 19th century proms will return to Bristol this summer – but with a difference.
Bristol Old Vic will play host to a radical reinvention of the classical concert experience, combing tradition with cutting-edge technology.
Led by artistic director Tom Morris, an adventurous programme will feature world-class classical musicians working in collaboration with the best digital artists.
And the entertainment will be affordable, with tickets for some events starting from as low as £5. The Bristol Proms programme will include live classical music and feature performances in the dark, "digital hacks", and house music played on the cello.
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The bold series will see internationally renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti playing in collaboration with digital artists to explore vibration; Daniel Hope performing Max Richter's recomposition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, complete with projection on the starred ceiling of the theatre; and The Sacconi Quartet opening up their work for digital experimentation.
Other events will include 17-year-old piano player Jan Lisiecki being filmed from multiple angles to offer an unusual perspective to viewers of a live projection at the Watershed and Peter Gregson will play Bach's cello sonatas as dance music.
Mr Morris said: "Although it is inspired by the riotous and popular concerts performed here 200 years ago, the Bristol Proms is far from a historical exercise.
"It's a partnership with Watershed at a time when classical music performance is reinventing itself.
"The programme will involve pioneering experiments in digital film and sound. It will be an exploration into how a concert might become theatrical in new ways in the 21st century."
The Proms, run in collaboration with the Watershed and Universal Music Arts and Entertainment, will take place from Monday, July 29 to Saturday, August 3.
Max Hole, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International, commented: "The Bristol Proms will help expand classical music out of its niche, and marking this as a truly pivotal event is the collaboration between world-class musicians and digital innovators."
For more information about the Bristol Proms visit bristololdvic.org.uk or ring the box office on 0117 987 7877.