A night of Classical Music with a difference
Friday 1st February I was fortunate enough to attend the Classical Mix Tape Live 1 at St Georges Pavillion in Bristol. I wasn’t sure what to expect that evening. It had said this would be a more relaxed way to listen to classical music. Personally, I have an eclectic taste in music and I find listening to classical music very soothing. My creativity seems stronger whilst listening to classical music.
Bach, Beethoven Chopin, Satie, Tavener, Biber, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, and Eric Whitacre.
The venue is absolutely stunning. Below is a picture of the new extension of the glass wing. The extension cost £6.5million. Inside it feels extremely modern, swanky and fresh.
It is located just off of Park Street in Clifton and would be perfect for business lunches.
The snow thankfully had eased off that day, however, we arrived with plenty of layers. Inside is right up my street. I love modern interiors with original features and that’s exactly what you see once you are inside. Isn’t the stairs in the new Glass wing so contemporary looking?
There is a very large piece of artwork that hangs in the window which is called “Apollo” this is named after the Greek god of music. This was created by Luke Jerram. The artwork was inspired by sound waves has helped raise £600,000 towards the new extension.
We were given a talk regarding the new extension and a tour. St George’s rely heavily on charitable donations and do lots of workshops to give people the chance they might not have with exploring music. Please see their donations page
On the evening, I was stood in the glass wing feeling very opulent. Holding a very tasty glass of wine whilst popping an olive in my mouth at any given chance. We were supposed to have tapas that night but due to the snow, the kitchen staff were unable to make it in that day. Not that I minded.
Classical Music Mix Tape 1
We were informed that the show was about to begin and we headed for the stairs with our tickets and holding our drinks (in plastic cups) I noticed people holding blankets and pillows. They did say it would be different!
The speaker introduced the show and encouraged us to use our mobiles to film and take pictures.
That evening the Performers each did a piece which didn’t last longer than 5 minutes. Every note filled the hall and vibrated through your body. Each piece played had a different mood, there were happiness and sadness moments. My plus one for the evening found herself with tears gently flowing down her cheeks whilst the music reached into her soul.
For the evening we had decided to sit on a bench. I was in awe looking at others laying on the blankets and pillows so carefree on the floor with their eyes closed whilst the notes washed over them. Even the performers that evening didn’t stay in one spot, a couple of them moved around within the audience.
If you were unable to make this event there is another Classical Mixtape Live 2 Summer Gala which will be held at St George’s Bristol. This event was a great way to be introduced to classical music.
Disclosure – I was given the tickets. This post has been written in my own words as always.
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