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Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra

Saturday 17 June 2023

7.30pm, Clifton Cathedral

Tickets: £18, £15

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra

Flora Clapham - Violin

Tim Harrison - Conductor

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Dance is at the heart of this tour de force performance from Bristol’s finest orchestra. 


Bizet's Carmen Suite has elegance, drama and exoticism. Hear the marches of the Toreadors, the actions of the bullfighters, and the striking dances including the Habanera and Carmen's Bohemian dance. Korngold's epic violin concerto bustles with dancing virtuosity, changing meter and a galloping finale. 


The centrepiece is Dvorak's lyrical and sunny eighth symphony, drawing its inspiration from the Bohemian music that he loved. The Slavic landscape and traditional folk dances give vibrancy to the symphony which includes one of the most famous waltzes in classical music. 

Full programme

Bizet Extracts from the Carmen Suites

Alma Mahler (orc. Harrison) Laue Sommernacht

Korngold Violin Concerto in D Major op 35. 

Dvorak Symphony No 8

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Flora Clapham - Violin


Flora has studied with Ani Schnarch at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music since 2019. There, she has been awarded 1st prize in
multiple competitions and has led several ensembles, notably the Symphony
Orchestra and two Chamber Orchestras, as well as leading a production of
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. In November 2022 she gave a sold-out recital in
the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall, and as a pupil at Badminton School
has performed at St George’s Bristol. Flora is an avid chamber musician and performs regularly with her piano trio and string quintet. She has benefitted from masterclasses with prestigious performers and professors such as Tasmin Little, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Felix Andrievsky, and Kurt Sassmannshaus.

She is an alumna of the New Virtuosi International Mastercourse and of Pro Corda, and last year attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, USA, performing both as a soloist and a chamber musician. This summer Flora will travel to Israel to study and perform at the renowned Keshet Eilon International String Mastercourse.

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