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Priston Festival 2018

What: A lovely village festival

When: Saturday 15th September 2018, 5pm

Where: Priston, St Luke and St Andrew’s Church

Tickets: Free!

We’ll be performing in St Luke and St Andrew’s Church in Priston at 5pm. The set will feature special guest singer Djanan Turnan!

Priston Festival is a free festival in the village of Priston, near Bath, featuring a number of in- and out-door stages around the village.

More information at the Priston Festival website

Here is a video from our appearance last year, performing I am the Walrus:

 

F-Rated 🗓

What: A celebration of music by women

When: 7th and 9th of June 2018

Where: Bristol (Lantern) and Stroud (Goods Shed)

In association with Bath Film Festival and in promotion of the F-Rating – a rating awarded to films either directed or written by a woman – the orchestra played a pair of gigs, both at Colston Hall’s Lantern and in Stroud’s Goods Shed.

The music performed was written entirely by women and included works by Joni Mitchell, The Roches, Connie Converse, Ivor Cutler (close enough!), Beyonce, and P. J. Harvey. The orchestra was also joined by special guests Rita Lynch and Djanan Turnan performing arrangements of their own songs.

Fantasy Youth Orchestra Summer Workshops 2018

The Fantasy Youth Orchestra Workshop “Rhythms Of The World”
age range – 10-18yrs
location – The Trinity Centre
dates – 30th July – 3rd Aug 2018
concert 1 – 5th august Trinity Centre
concert 2 – 18 august Colston Hall

 

Fresh from a month traveling in India, the Fantasy Orchestra present a week of music workshops aimed at young people who play instruments and can read music to a basic standard.

The repertoire will bring together music from all over the world including African, Indian, Turkish, American and European pieces with an emphasis on different cultures.

The workshops take place  Mon 30 July – Fri 3 August, 2-4pm
The cost will be £15 for the week or £3 per 2 hour session (with concessions available – please ask).

On Sunday the 5th august workshop participants will be joined by regular members of the
Fantasy Orchestra for a performance celebrating Rhythms Of The World. There will be a 2nd performance at The Colston Halls Hoo Haa event on Sat 18th August
here’s a link to sign up:

https://goo.gl/forms/t3IORmluqXzszSFf2

hope to see you there, do pass the message on!
best wishes,
Jesse and all the Fantasy Orchestra team

Valley Fest 2018

What: A festival by a lake

When: Saturday 4th August September 2018, 2.45pm

Where: Chew Magna

On August 4th we returned to Valley Fest, a festival overlooking Chew Valley Lake. A good time was had by all!

Here is our take on Anna Meredith’s Nautilus:

Other stuff we did in 2017

We got up to a lot in the second half of 2017. Here are some of the things.

14 August: The kick-off of the 10th anniversary of Luke Jerram’s ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ public piano project, in the Galleries, Broadmead:

15-17 August: Kids’ workshops, Colston Hall, culminating in a concert in the main auditorium.

18-20 August: Green Man Festival. We played every day on the Solar Stage in Einstein’s Garden:

16 September: Priston Festival:

23 September: Plymouth Arts Fest

7 October:  Colston Hall:

And a show in All Hallows, Easton in November, and a Christmas show or two, and so on…

Bowie Busk by Space Oddi-tea

What: We’re busking by the Aladdin Sane Wallace on the 24th August!

When: Friday 24th August , 6pm

Where: Wapping Wharf, Bristol

Tickets: Free!

The Wapping Wharf area forms part of the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail , which consists of dozens of sculptures from Aardman’s famous Wallace and Gromit series dotted around the city in aid of the Grand Appeal.

Artist Carys Ink’s Bowie-themed Space Oddi-tea Wallace sculpture is located at Wapping Wharf until September 2 and is the inspiration behind both of the Bowie music fundraiser.

Bristol’s very own Fantasy Orchestra will be performing a selection of Bowie’s early songs on August 24, in keeping with the Wallace sculpture’s Aladdin Sane lightning bolt.

Here is a taste of what to expect – the orchestra’s rendition of Life on Mars from our recent Valley Fest appearance:

The performance will take place at 6pm on August 24 next to the sculpture, in front of Portside Gallery and Brothers We Stand.

Just like 1967 again

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, we premiered a new set of arrangements of tunes from ’67, including music by the Velvet Underground, Buffalo Springfield, the Doors and The Association.

With the help of several friends from our Paris chapter, we took over Kings Weston House on 17 June for our big summer event, featuring oil projectors, floral outfits and several different mini-ensembles.

Besides our main outdoor set, there were plenty of mellow happenings within. It all came to a storming climax around midnight from prog rock maestros Asteroid Deluxe.

 

Ursula Le Guin Appreciation Day, 6 Aug 2016, Café Kino, Bristol

Fantasy Orchestra leader and guiding light, Jesse D Vernon, writes:

As committed-for-life fans of Ursula Le Guin, my wife Kate and I decided to start running appreciation days when we discovered some amazing music, composed by Todd Barton, to accompany one of her  books, Always Coming Home. Published in 1985, about a cultural group of humans—the Kesh—who “might be going to have lived a long, long time from now in Northern California.” (p. i) Part novel, part textbook, part anthropologist’s record, Always Coming Home describes the life and culture of the Kesh people.

Todd Barton wrote a selection of folk songs and music which the Kesh might have been going to sing and they make wonderful listening and a great subject for a singing workshop and performance.

You can find the original compositions here:
http://toddbarton.com/music/music-of-the-kesh/

Our Event took place at Café Kino in Bristol, UK and we started off with the singing workshop.

Here are some recordings we made on the day:

http://soundcloud.com/the-fantasy-orchestra/sets/songs-of-the-kesh

We started with the singing workshop 2-4pm

5pm we watched the film “The Lathe Of Heaven” followed by a discussion lead by Sheryl Robinson and the Bristol Utopian Book Collective.

7pm We were treated to a talk by Helena Hoyle-King about maps featured in the novels of Ursula Le Guin. This was followed by a map making workshop  lead by . Helena.

Here are some of the maps made:

8pm “Mothers Of The Terrible Glow” performed some of their sci-fi inspired instrumentals with excellent introductions, explanations and insights from Daniel Potter.

 

A seasonal threefer

We heralded the approach of the holiday season with a reprise of our Navidad Nuestra set at two shows on Saturday 17 December.

And earlier in the day we also managed to fit in a quick flashmob at the Bearpit for BBC Radio Bristol:

Christmas Flashmob!

What a lovely way to spread a bit of Christmas joy!! The Fantasy Orchestra – Bristol performed this brilliant flashmob of this top David Bowie track! Well done The Bristol Music Show for organising!

Posted by BBC Radio Bristol on Saturday, 17 December 2016

Then it was off to Filton Church in the afternoon, and Windmill Hill in the evening:

And then it was Christmas.