Leading BBC Violinist to join Bristol Metroplitan Orchestra for a ‘one-off’ concert

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra Gala event

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra Gala event - Credit: Archant

Charles Mutter, violinist and distinguished associate leader of the BBC’s Concert Orchestra, will join the renowned Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra (BMO) and conductor William Goodchild, for a memorable evening of classical greats as a ‘one off’ event on Saturday 8 March.


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Celebrated guest soloist, Charles Mutter, is due to take centre stage at St George’s, one of the country’s leading concert halls, which boasts superb acoustics and attracts some of the world’s best artists, alongside the popular symphonic-sized Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra.

The concert on Saturday 8 March at 7.30pm will open with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, a symphonic poem with depictions of Friar Lawrence, the warring Capulets and Montagues, and the star-crossed lovers. Charles Mutter will join the orchestra to perform Korngold’s romantic Violin Concerto. Perhaps less well-known, this work nevertheless deserves the limelight because of its exciting virtuosity and expressive melodic lines from the composer’s Hollywood film music scores of the 1930s. The evening will conclude with Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, a cheerfully lyric work inspired by Bohemian folk music.

William Goodchild, conductor of the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, comments: “We are immensely excited to have secured Charles Mutter for our forthcoming concert of popular works by Tchaikovsky, Korngold and Dvorak. With their great romantic themes we know that the audience is in for a real treat. Securing Charles Mutter will serve to further strengthen the relationship between the BMO and players from the esteemed BBC Concert Orchestra, a union, which I hope will flourish. This concert, in aid of St Peter’s Hospice, would not be possible without additional funding from Ovation Finance and, thanks to the organisation’s support; the Orchestra will be able to take part in an all-day rehearsal with Charles as its tutor as well as its soloist, in addition to regular sectional rehearsals with Bristol musicians. We are very grateful to the business for their generous ongoing support, which will enable the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra to grow and thrive to delight our supporters now and in the future.”

Chris Budd, managing director from Ovation Finance, comments: “Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra is acclaimed for its imaginative programming and the upcoming concert with the well-known violin soloist Charles Mutter alongside very talented conductor, William Goodchild, are sure to delight audiences who, I am certain, will be captivated by their performances. This much-awaited concert follows on from the orchestra’s previous performances at St George’s where the Bristol Evening Post’s John Packwood described the orchestra as producing “exquisite and electrifying performances” and being “…a joy to hear”. The full-sized symphony orchestra gives three concerts this year under the baton of its excellent conductor William Goodchild and we are pleased to support the gifted players, which make up this superb Orchestra.”

Additional highlights of Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra’s forthcoming 2014 season include mesmeric London soloist Kwesi Edman, who will perform two works for cello at St George’s in the Orchestra’s summer concert on 5 July. The year will culminate with a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on November 15 at Colston Hall. The City of Bristol Choir, with additional choristers from Exultate Singers and Bristol Schools Chamber Choir, will join the Orchestra for this concert, which is in aid of St Peter’s Hospice. The performance has been made possible with additional funding from Ovation Finance.

Ticket prices for the concert with William Mutter range from £6 - 14 and are available in advance from St George’s Box Office on: 0845 4024001 or online via www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk or can, alternatively, be purchased on the door.