Bristol Concert Orchestra
Bristol Concert Orchestra is one of Bristol’s largest and most versatile orchestras. In recent years, under the expert direction of Stefan Hofkes, the orchestra has built up an excellent reputation, performing in Bristol’s main concert venues with top national and international soloists, attracting critical acclaim.
The Orchestra is the longest established orchestra in Bristol, being able to trace its routes back to the 1940s. In the early days it was known as Bristol Light Concert Orchestra, but renamed without the ‘Light’ by the early 1950s in order to better reflect the symphonic nature of the works played by the orchestra by that time. Nowadays, it is one of the the largest and most versatile orchestras in Bristol, staging a variety of musical events each year for a wide range of people and maintaining its role in the musical life of Bristol.
The orchestra is made up of talented amateur players and stages three main concerts per year at St George’s Bristol (or periodically other venues such as St Mary Redcliffe Church). Repertoire is concentrated on large-scale symphonic works from the late romantic period onward, and concertos with accomplished and internationally known soloists, such as Matthew Barley and Ashley Wass in recent years.