It is difficult to find the words to describe the magical experience of Classical Mixtape Live. Lying on a cosy blanket on the floor of the gorgeous and atmospheric surroundings of St. George’s hall – listening to the entrancing sounds of the various classical musicians and beautiful voices of the Exultate Singers moving around the room – was just something very special.
The evening was designed to defy any conceptions you may have of what a classical concert is – suitable for everyone, from classical enthusiasts to those wishing to try something new. People were encouraged to get comfortable, whether that be standing, sitting or lying down. Armed with blankets and cushions, the audience were ready to get cosy! With our wine in hand we settled in amongst our fellow music lovers to listen in.
The evening was truly memorable. No piece of music was longer than five minutes. The musicians constantly moved around the space – walking through the people on the ground, popping up on the mezannine, surrounding us with their sound. A mixture of thrilling, moving and energetic pieces from composers including Bach, Beethove, Chopin and Tavener. Huge love and thanks to the following artists for making the evening so dreamy:
- Amy Dickson – Saxophonist
Laura Van Der Heijden – Cellist
- Daniel Pioro – Solo Violinist
- Adam Heron – Piano
- Exultate Singers conducted by David Ogden
With the new open, glass-fronted cafe bar area, I recommend looking out for one of their lunchtime sessions and incorporating some of the delicious looking menu into the occasion (I definitely need to head there for food soon). You can also explore the history of the gorgeous St George building – from church to incredible music venue – in a permanent display located in the crypt.
There are hundreds of bespoke events that will help shift your perspective and make music part of your everyday – classical, blues, folk, jazz and everything in between –https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/events/
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Disclaimer: I was provided this experience free of cost, however I was not asked to send any copy in advance and this didn’t affect my opinion of the event – all thoughts are my own.