We are very grateful to Arts Council England for their award towards our ‘Classics Reinvented’ concerts and masterclasses in Bristol and London with the inspirational soloists Gilles Apap and Andrei Gavrilov this Spring.
Gilles Apap and Andrei Gavrilov were chosen for their unique performance style and ability to engage with audiences. The concert series is taking place on 18 May at the Cadogan Hall in London, and in Bristol’s Colston Hall on 19 May and 23 June, combining concerts with integrated education elements at all levels.
The concerts and masterclasses will further develop reputation for delivering artistic excellence and widening our audience reach.
The award gives us the opportunity to offer education elements alongside the concerts, including masterclasses, pre-concert talks and a concert platform experience for children under 11.
The St George’s Prize for Music is given in recognition and celebration of groups or individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to music making within their local community.
We are delighted that the ‘Bristol Ensemble Preludes Team’ is the first group to receive the St George’s Prize for Music.
‘Preludes’ is a bold and innovative music project that has been running successfully for four years in two primary schools in South Bristol (Ilminster Avenue E-Act Academy and Merchants Academy). Its aim is to put classical music at the heart of every child’s education and by doing so improve confidence, co-ordination, speech and language and benefit all other areas of their learning. ‘Preludes’ is delivered by a growing team of dedicated professionals. It is managed and led by Penny Rawlings assisted by Charlie Groves and Helen Stanley.
We are very grateful to everyone at St George’s Bristol for recognising the project in this way.