The Fantasy Orchestra is a community project led by Jesse D Vernon, based in Bristol and also in Paris. The Orchestra (motto: ‘more is more’) brings together 40+ musicians, professional and amateur, to create a kaleidoscopic symphonic brigade.
Their eclectic repertoire covers film soundtracks (Morricone, Barry, RD Burman), rock and pop favourites (Hendrix, Beatles, Bowie), and some more obscure treasures. Think psychedelic loveliness, rousing choral noise, and some choice costumes.
‘I can’t remember having such an entertaining, fabulous evening in ages! Bristol Fantasy Orchestra and Choir are completely bonkers, amazingly talented musicians with the most eclectic repertoire I’ve ever heard! It included Dr John (the Night Tripper)’s Gris Gris, the theme tune from Star Trek (which we all had to sing-a-long to!), John Lennon’s Imagine, two songs from the movie The Wicker Man, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and an Indian song from a Bollywood movie! They involved the audience in everything. Incredible! They must be included in every future Keynsham Music Festival until the end of time!’
Christina S, Keynsham Music Festival 2016
‘This was powerful music, folk-rooted yet classically constructed… For all the fun-filled antics the Bristol Fantasy Orchestra is actually a seriously brilliant musical experience.’ Tony Benjamin, www.bristol247.com, Bristol Harbourside Festival 2016
Here’s a playlist from some of our performances: