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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

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 🙂

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.

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:



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:

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:


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.

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.

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…