One of the OAE’s regular ‘homes’ outside of London is St Georges in Bristol. We usually give 3-4 ‘main’ concerts there a season, and often a series of lunchtime chamber music concerts too. However, depite having worked for the OAE for getting on for five years until last week I had never been there! So, I decided to catch the last concert of our mini-tour with Yannick Nézet-Séguin there. It’s a beautiful building – very striking outside, and like St John’s in London it used to be a church. Inside it’s very intimate – and the acoustic is fantastic – very ‘in your face’ but in a good way, and the sound has a nice warm quality to it. being an old building it does have a few drawbacks – including the very creaky floor boards in the balcony. I was up there in the rehearsal being shown around by the Marketing Manager of the venue when we hit a very creaky spot – rather embrasssingly the Orchestra stopped rehearsing and I got a ‘look’ from Yannick followed by general mock stamping of feet from the Orchestra! The performance itself was fantastic – and there was the rare sight backstage of all the players virtually queueing up to say thank you and goodbye to Yannick at the end. An added bonus on the way home was discovering that bars on trains obviously don’t have licensing restructions like pubs and I was able to buy a nice 1/2 bottle of red wine to keep me company on the journey back to London, despite it being after 11!
William Norris, Marketing DirectorRead More