Classical extravaganza at the Colston Hall

PUBLISHED: 17:26 29 July 2014 | UPDATED: 17:33 29 July 2014

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performing at Bristol's Colston Hall.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performing at Bristol's Colston Hall.


SOME of the best loved classical music was brought to life by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Colston Hall on Saturday.

The world-renowned musicians were invited back to the Bristol venue by popular demand as part of their Classical Extravaganza tour.

Classic FM presenter Jamie Crick introduced the pieces and added context to the melodies as well as a little history and humour.

Under expert conductor Maxime Tortelier, the first act included a little romance and heartbreak with Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana.

The haunting melody was followed by Suppe’s Light Cavalry March Overture and a breathtaking performance of Williams’ Jurassic Park which transported the audience to Stephen Spielberg’s fictional island full of cloned dinosaurs.

A goosebump-inducing rendition of Coates’ Dambusters March moved spectators as the mood turned patriotic.

Other British anthems included Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 and Holst’s majestic vision of Jupiter from The Planets.

Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Overture added a little jazz and jollity to the mix before the orchestra finished on a high note with Williams’ enchanting score from Spielberg’s hit film ET, complemented by indoor fireworks.

The show was a huge hit with the audience, combining some of classical music’s greatest pieces with a lively laser show and fireworks.

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