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10 March 2013, 06:00
A new series of concerts, The Bristol Proms, have been unveiled, and will feature performers including Nicola Benedetti and Daniel Hope.
A brand new series of concerts designed to update the format of classical concerts is to debut at the end of July. The Bristol Proms, partly taking inspiration from the proms of the 18th and 19th centuries, will be headlined by Nicola Benedetti and Daniel Hope.
Benedetti will play in collaboration with digital artists to create an exploration of sound vibrations, while Daniel Hope will perform Max Richter's Vivaldi: Recomposed with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
Tickets for each concerts start at just £5 for pit seats. Artistic director Tom Morris commented: "The programme will involve pioneering experiments in digital film and sound. It will be an exploration into how a concert might become theatrical in new ways in the 21st century."
Universal Chairman and CEO Max Hole, who last month gave a speech at the Association of British Orchestras Conference about the future of classical music, commented: Too often classical music feels elitist and exclusive. The Bristol Proms will showcase a wealth of classical music talent in a fashion that is original and welcoming."
Other acts appearing at the Proms, to be held at the Bristol Old Vic, include cellist Peter Gregson, Hauschka and VOCES8. A special 'last night' celebration will conclude the series with a performance of Handel's Messiah from the Southbank Sinfonia.