Lunchtime Live - Weekly performances in a variety of genres
St. Francis’ Church, Ashton Gate, North Street BS3 1JP, nr. Tobacco Factory
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Performance diary

Jul
17
Nicola Woodward flute
Streaming live online
The second recital in Nicola’s series of new and unusual works for unaccompanied flute in support of UNHCR refugee charity. Freedom, movement and migration are the themes in a programme which spans from Telemann to the present day.
Friday 17th July 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE TO VIEW ONLINE
Online donations invited £3 suggested
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Performances continue weekly, every Friday throughout the year.
Excepting August, Good Friday and Christmas


Past performances

Jul
10
Rustom Battiwalla piano
Recorded live online
A programme of piano solos, opening with a Haydn sonata, ranging over music by Janáček, Mendelssohn and Kabalevsky, before concluding with a sublime Chopin nocturne. Played by a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, now based in Bristol.
Friday 10th July 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE TO VIEW ONLINE
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Jul
3
Will Pound harmonica, melodeon
Recorded live online
One of the finest players of his generation, Will Pound has pushed the boundaries, working with a range of other musicians, including Eddy Jay, Martin Simpson, Guy Chambers and Dame Evelyn Glennie and on projects including The Hillsborough Charity Single.
Friday 3rd July 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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Hark: Harp and Horn
Jun
26
Hark: Harp and Horn
Recorded live online
Emmy Broughton harp and David Mowat trumpet and flugelhorn explore some of David’s richest tunes, finding ecstatic moments and spoken insights for our times from his walking pilgrimage through the war-ravaged Balkans, a journey made sixteen years ago.
Friday 26th June 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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Teri Bramah
Jun
19
Teri Bramah
Recorded live online
Guitarist singer-songwriter inspired by Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the counter culture of the 60s and 70s, will be playing some of her favourite covers and some of her own songs.
Friday 19th June 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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Jun
12
Dan Lloyd piano
Recorded live online
A programme of reflective piano music by composers from England (Elgar), France (Debussy, Poulenc), Spain (Albéniz) and the USA (Joplin, Bolcom). The perfect music for a “lockdown holiday”.
Friday 12th June 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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Redbanks Duo
Jun
5
Redbanks Duo
Recorded live online
Dan Watts flute and Brady Pohle harpischord have been performing together for many years throughout the UK and abroad. They are excited to bring their varied repertoire to an online audience.
Friday 5th June 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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May
29
Rob Johnston guitar
Recorded live online
A seamless blend of classical, world and roots using rhythm and guitar percussion to drive the music and songs. “Staggering playing... He is a mighty, mighty fine player.” Phil Jackson, Live BBC Radio.
Friday 29th May 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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Online donations invited £3 suggested
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Opera from home
May
22
Opera from home
Recorded live online
An amorous monster; a charlatan magician; a matchmaker. Spanish hills; Russian flowers; heavenly spirits. An old count, newlywed. Be transported by a programme of vocal and instrumental music performed by Robert Marson, assisted by his family.
Friday 22nd May 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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Red Deer Sleeping
May
15
Red Deer Sleeping
Recorded live online
Mog Fry brings an understated magic in performing her songs inspired by elemental nature on ukulele and cuatro, based on poems of the imagist poets of the early 20th Century, including D. H. Lawrence, and of the Victorian and Romantic poets.
Friday 15th May 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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Peace and Joy
May
8
Peace and Joy
Recorded live online
Streaming from home, pianist Sandie Middleton performs her compositions evocative of emotional and natural landscapes plus arrangements of a Celtic blessing, and Ode to Joy. Look out for Sandie’s first public accordion performance!
Friday 8th May 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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May
1
Jennifer Mackerras recorders
Recorded live online
Musical evocations of nature will transport you to other lands and times in this short recital. Jennifer (Pink Noise Recorder Quartet, Biber Duo, Rosafresca) will play a range of recorders, including the scaffolding-pole-sized contrabass.
Friday 1st May 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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Online donations invited £3 suggested
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Apr
24
Bill Roberts piano
Recorded live online
Bill’s mood picture compositions show influences from Philip Glass, Brian Eno and Nordic jazzers like Tord Gustavsen and e.s.t., and many are numbers he plays with mellow jazz rock five-piece UltraBeige.
Friday 24th April 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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Apr
17
Nicola Woodward flute
Recorded live online
A programme featuring two great works for solo flute – J.S. Bach’s Partita in A minor and Chants de Nectaire by Koechlin. Plus a homage to birds and some folk-inspired music played on Flute, Alto and Piccolo.
Friday 17th April 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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There was no recital on Friday 10th April 2020.
Apr
3
Pete Judge piano
Recorded live online
More usually seen behind a trumpet, Pete Judge (Get The Blessing, Three Cane Whale, etc.) surprises himself and everyone else by also composing and performing lyrical solo piano miniatures, which he brings us today.
Friday 3rd April 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
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There was no recital on Friday 27th March 2020.
Jazzical Swing are not able to perform today but they hope to bring you their programme of music mainly from the 20s and 30s by composers such as Gershwin, Cole Porter and Ellington, later in the year.
There was no recital on Friday 20th March 2020.
Unfortunately Three's Company wind trio are unable to perform as planned. We look forward to rescheduling their performance of light classical music for later in the year.
Partita baroque ensemble
Mar
13
Partita baroque ensemble
A welcome return visit by this established chamber group. Trevor Furness recorder, Catherine Maytum flute, Hugh Herzig cello and Ben Brown harpsichord perform beautiful music from the baroque period.
Friday 13th March 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE ENTRY ·
Retiring collection £5 suggested
Tea and coffee available before the performance
There was no recital on Friday 6th March 2020.
Avellana jazz duo
Feb
28
Avellana jazz duo
Following on from their successful Lunchtime Live debut last summer, Simon Greening saxophones and John Lambert piano return to play a relaxed programme of jazz standards and originals.
Friday 28th February 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE ENTRY ·
Retiring collection £5 suggested
Tea and coffee available before the performance
Feb
21
Dan Phelps piano
Award winning pianist and established composer, whose works have been performed on BBC Radio 3 and described as “utterly beautiful”, performs a selection of light, romantic piano works.
Friday 21st February 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE ENTRY ·
Retiring collection £5 suggested
Tea and coffee available before the performance
A Murmuration of Starlings
Feb
14
A Murmuration of Starlings
Sandie Middleton performs a recital of solo piano works, including her own compositions evocative of birds, water, and natural and emotional landscapes, together with favourites by Débussy and Ravel.
Friday 14th February 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE ENTRY ·
Retiring collection £5 suggested
Tea and coffee available before the performance
Feb
7
Nicola Woodward flute
A fascinating and informative journey across several centuries via bamboo and baroque flutes, flute, alto flute and piccolo. Works by Telemann, CPE Bach, Debussy, and some lesser-known gems by Koechlin.
Friday 7th February 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE ENTRY ·
Retiring collection £5 suggested
Tea and coffee available before the performance
Jan
31
Fuga voice and violin duo
Talented musicians, Jenna Brown mezzo soprano (Opera in a Box) and Amelia Goodall violin (Bristol Ensemble), join forces to explore songs by Holst and Vaughan Williams, and folk songs arranged by Rebecca Clarke.
Friday 31st January 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE ENTRY ·
Retiring collection £5 suggested
Tea and coffee available before the performance
Jan
24
Matthew O'Connor piano
A programme of film music played by versatile pianist, tutor and composer, Matthew O’Connor. He has been involved in all aspects of music from pop, rock and experimental bands, through ambient to classical.
Friday 24th January 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE ENTRY ·
Retiring collection £5 suggested
Tea and coffee available before the performance
Celli Amici
Jan
17
Celli Amici
Enjoy the rich sound of two cellos, played by good friends Jonathan Palmer and David Ellery. Also with Jolyon Laycock piano and Rachel Woolmer cello. Baroque, 19th Century and Contemporary.
Friday 17th January 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE ENTRY ·
Retiring collection £5 suggested
Tea and coffee available before the performance
The Biber Recorder Duo
Jan
10
The Biber Recorder Duo
Jennifer Mackerras and Timothy Lanfear play a wide range of recorders in virtuosic music ranging from pre-Baroque to contemporary classical. This performance will include works by Telemann, Quantz and Vivaldi.
Friday 10th January 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE ENTRY ·
Retiring collection £5 suggested
Tea and coffee available before the performance
Jan
3
Los Clandestinos jazz duo
Legendary Bristol pianist John Baggott, known for his work with Portishead, Massive Attack and Robert Plant, joins Pete Judge flugelhorn (Get the Blessing) to explore music from the Great American Songbook.
Friday 3rd January 2020
1.10pm - 1.50pm
FREE ENTRY ·
Retiring collection £5 suggested
Tea and coffee available before the performance