The Unthanks UK tour with Army of Generals
to Dec 13

The Unthanks UK tour with Army of Generals

The Unthanks embark on a 4-date UK tour in the company of conductor Charles Hazlewood and his orchestra Army Of Generals, creating a series of performances of many of the band's best-loved songs on a grand scale.

Thurs 7 Dec - Birmingham Town Hall

Fri 8 Dec - Manchester Stoller Hall

Sat 9 Dec - Sage Gateshead

Weds 13 Dec - London Royal Festival Hall

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kraftwerk:rewerk at Simple Things Ext. 2017
5:00 PM17:00

kraftwerk:rewerk at Simple Things Ext. 2017

A ground-breaking new musical experiment by The British Paraorchestra and Army Of Generals who have taken Kraftwerk's iconic album Trans-Europe Express as the starting point for a thrilling symphonic trip and scored it for a 39 piece ensemble. This wild sonic adventure is a must-see event to premiered for the first time ever at Colston Hall as part of Simple Things Festival 2017.

Composed by Charlotte Harding & Lloyd Coleman, conducted by Charles Hazlewood. 

Supported by Arts Council England.

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling symposium
10:30 AM10:30

Breaking the Glass Ceiling symposium

Lloyd will be part of an Artist Panel discussing his life and career so far in music, and the impact his disabilities has made on it. 

Bristol Music Trust is proud to present ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling’ symposium at Colston Hall on the 29th September 2017, followed by a special presentation from the National Open Youth Orchestra.

Invited guests from across the cultural, creative and music industries join together at Colston Hall as we challenge expectations around disability and music, as we prepare to launch the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence in September 2018.

With a keynote from Suzanne Bull, CEO (Attitude is Everything and DWP sector champion for Music), expert facilitation from Phillip Flood (Sound Connections), and an industry panel representing broadcasting, education, music venues, unions, orchestras and the cultural and creative industries, the conference will break ground on Bristol Music Trust’s commitment to eliminate existing barriers to a career in the music industry for young people with disabilities.

A special presentation of the findings of the recent feasibility study into the setting up of the National Open Youth Orchestra (the UK’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra) will precede a performance of a specially commissioned piece of music from the South West Open Youth Orchestra and the Bristol Youth Choir.

To cap off the day, we’ve programmed a showcase of talented musicians with disabilities from around the country to provide live and recorded music in our Fast Forward Free Foyer Showcase.

For more information about attending the conference please contact Siggy Patchitt via

Artist Panel to include:
Charlotte White
James Rose
Kris Halpin
Lloyd Coleman

Industry Panel to include:
Chris Walters – Musician’s Union
Phil Castang – BPM
Plus more to be announced

Symposium schedule
10:30 – 15:30 – Breaking the Glass Ceiling – disability and the Music Industry
15:30 – 18:30 – The National Open Youth Orchestra
18:30 – 20:00 – Fast Forward Free Foyer Showcase

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Sounds for Spies & Private Eyes
9:00 PM21:00

Sounds for Spies & Private Eyes

Our Saturday night musical spectacular, ‘Sounds for Spies & Private Eyes’, will celebrate iconic themes from movies and TV shows (including James Bond, Mission: Impossible, Get Carter and Starsky & Hutch) that dominated both big and small screens in ’60s and ’70s. Featuring the Army of Generals string orchestra and a 21-piece jazz orchestra under the baton of renowned conductor Charles Hazelwood, with special guests Adrian Utley of Portishead and Will Gregory of Goldfrapp.

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British Paraorchestra
7:30 PM19:30

British Paraorchestra

We are proud to be making our Birmingham debut at Symphony Hall, as part of the THSH Birmingham Classical Season. Joining us will be members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO).

The programme will include the second performance of Towards Harmony, the large-scale composition I wrote in 2015, and Circuiting, a test piece I wrote for the Clarinet Prize at the Royal Academy of Music. 

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