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Christmas Concert 2018 #1

What: Fantasy Orchestra Christmas Concert

When: Friday 14th December 2018, 7pm

Where: St. Stephen’s Church, Bristol (21 St Stephen’s St, BS1 1EQ)

Tickets: £5 on the door; children £2 or donation

The Fantasy Orchestra and choir will be performing Navidad Nuestra by Ariel Ramirez, a nativity suite, set in the Argentinian countryside and sung in Spanish. This to be followed by a selection of other Xmas tunes from around the world plus winter-warmers and glorious seasonally appropriate oeuvres.

More details available on the Facebook event

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.


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:


Leonard Cohen Cheltenham Literary Festival

What: A Leonard Cohen tribute concert

When: Sunday 7th October, 8.30 pm

Where: Cheltenham Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage (Cheltenham Literature Festival)

Tickets: £12 (available here)

The Fantasy Orchestra is coming to Cheltenham Literature Festival for another of our celebrated tributes to the life and music of Leonard Cohen. Featuring a range of Cohen’s most popular tunes performed by the orchestra with a range of guest singers.

For more information see here

Here is a clip of our last Leonard Cohen gig at the Lantern earlier this year:

Morricone at All Hallows

What: An evening of music by Ennio Morricone

When: 13th October, 8.30 pm

Where:  All Hallows Hall, Easton

Tickets: £8 from Bristol Ticket Shop

Featuring the amazing Underscore

The Fantasy Orchestra are going back to their roots with a celebration of the film music of Spaghetti-Western composer Ennio Morricone – featuring such delights as The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and the beautiful Ecstasy of Gold.

More information can be found on Headfirst Bristol

Here are a collection of performances of Morricone’s music from over the years:



Our World Tour of Kent

Kent was our oyster in late August 2016, as we bicycled merrily from Graveney to Deal, with stops (and gigs) in Canterbury, Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs.


We rendezvoused with the Orchestra’s newly hatched Kent chapter…


and pedalled on to the Smugglers Festival in Little Mongeham near Deal. If we get a good pic of the show, we’ll chuck it here!



Cube Microplex 20th Anniversary

What: A celebration of the Cube cinema’s 20th anniversary!

When: Saturday 20th October, from around 8pm

Where: Kings Square / Outside the Cube

Tickets: See here for tickets for the main event

The Fantasy Orchestra will be joining in celebrations for the wonderful Cube Microplex Cinema’s 20th birthday. Expect to see us outside the cinema playing a small selection of somehow appropriate tunes. See the Cube’s facebook event for more details.

Summer roundup

We played two big shows over the summer:

We threw our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Kings Weston House on Saturday 4 June…


…and headlined at Keynsham Festival on Saturday 2 July…


…for which our set included a Dr John number, thoughtfully youtubed by the audience.

And then we got on our bikes and headed to Kent. More of which soon.



Gill Loats’ Party

What: We’re playing at a party!

When: 27th October, Doors 8pm, Sets at 9:15 and 10:30

Where: –

Tickets: –

Please note this is a private event and not open to the general public. The orchestra is available for private events, please get in touch if you’re interested 🙂

Spring doings

It was a busy spring…

We celebrated the World’s Most Famous Unknown People at the Cube on 2 April, with a set including music by Connie Converse, Judee Sill and – in person – Andy Skellam and (below) Rita Lynch:

we popped along the M4 for a set at the Ivy House in Nunhead on 23 April;


we donned appropriate cossies for an Apes Alliance benefit at the University of Bristol on 28 April;


and we played two sets at the Big Love Festival in Hay-on-Wye on 30 April/1 May.


We then split ourselves in two on the weekend of 7 May: while most of our number played at the Park Row Sustrans Festival in Bristol, several of us hopped on Eurostar to join our friends in the Paris Fantasy Orchestra’s for their Bowie Party.

And then we did more… of which more soon…