Bristol Beacon broadcasts London Symphony Orchestra concert at Bath Forum

Bristol Beacon ­are to live stream the forthcoming London Symphony Orchestra concert with Sir Simon Rattle in Bath to care homes across the country as a thank you and gift to staff and residents for their hard work and resilience during the pandemic. The broadcast, which took place on Thursday 7 October from 7.15pm, was organised thanks to sponsorship from Bristol Care Homes, who are supporting the cost of the stream.

The concert, which sees Sir Simon Rattle lead the orchestra in Martinů’s Rhapsody-Concerto for viola with violist Antoine Tamestit and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, is being performed at Bath Forum – the first time the orchestra has performed in Bath since 2008. The concert has been staged by Bristol Beacon, with funding from the Culture Recovery fund, in anticipation of an ongoing artistic partnership with London Symphony Orchestra when the venue reopens in 2023.

Geoff Crocker, Chair of Bristol Care Homes, said: “Care Homes look after some of the most vulnerable people in our society, and the pandemic hit the sector hard. Staff and residents have had to endure loss and lockdown, missing valuable time with families over many months in order to keep safe. It is credit to the tremendous resilience and hard work of staff that between the first and second wave, care homes nationally reduced excess mortality rates by 95% and provided safe care for our residents in the most challenging circumstances. I hope this concert goes some way at least to saying thank you.”
Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of London Symphony Orchestra, said: “It is a pleasure to be partnering with Bristol Beacon and Bristol Care Homes on this broadcast – I hope that the Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon can provide some much-deserved entertainment and joy to care homes across the country.”

Louise Mitchell, chief executive of Bristol Beacon, said: “As our own venue is mid-transformation, we have found a fantastic opportunity to return the LSO to Bath for the first time in many years. Live broadcasting an orchestra is no mean feat, so to find a great partner like Bristol Care Homes to help further fund this thank you to staff and residents is an utter joy. I know what the incredible challenges have been, so this concert will be extra special.” The concert broadcast took place on Thursday 7 October at 7.15pm and is available for free to any care home in the country.

About the London Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra [LSO] was established in 1904 and has a unique ethos. As a musical collective, it is built on artistic ownership and partnership. With an inimitable signature sound, the LSO’s mission is to bring the greatest music to the greatest number of people. The LSO has been the only Resident Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in the City of London since it opened in 1982, giving 70 symphonic concerts there every year. The Orchestra works with a family of artists that includes some of the world’s greatest conductors – Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director, Principal Guest Conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate, earlier this year Sir Antonio Pappano was appointed Chief Conductor Designate from September 2023.

Through LSO Discovery, it is a pioneer of music education, offering musical experiences to 60,000 people every year at its music education centre LSO St Luke’s on Old Street, across East London and further afield. The LSO strives to embrace new digital technologies in order to broaden its reach, and with the formation of its own record label LSO Live in 1999 it pioneered a revolution in recording live orchestral music. With a discography spanning many genres and including some of the most iconic recordings ever made the LSO is now the most recorded and listened to orchestra in the world, regularly reaching over 3,500,000 people worldwide each month on Spotify and beyond. The Orchestra continues to innovate through partnerships with market-leading tech companies, as well as initiatives such as LSO Play and a programme of livestreamed concerts made available for free via the LSO YouTube channel. The LSO is a highly successful creative enterprise, with
80% of all funding self-generated.

About Bristol Beacon

Bristol Beacon is a music charity, renowned venue and award-winning music education hub, with a city-wide programme of live music, creative learning opportunities and community engagement.

First opened in 1867 as Colston Hall, the organisation announced its new name in 2020 and is currently mid-way through a major multi-million-pound transformation of its performance spaces, due to reopen in 2023.
Bristol Beacon has established a city-wide live music programme, working with over 35 partner venues, and as the city’s music education hub, Bristol Beacon continues to engage with 30,000 young people from all backgrounds and abilities across 130 schools in the city every year.

Once completed, Bristol Beacon will deliver around 800 events a year, including initiatives dedicated to championing Bristol-based artists.

Bristol Beacon is also expected to become the first concert venue in the UK to become carbon neutral by 2030 – playing an important role in Bristol’s One City Plan, with its commitment to create a fair, healthy and sustainable city by 2050.

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