A very special concert honouring the late, great David Bowie comes to Colston Hall this month...
We’ve lost a lot of legends this year — especially in the world of music. 2016 has taken the likes of Prince, Leonard Cohen and seemingly countless others, but few passings have hit harder than that of David Bowie.
The iconic artist died in January just days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final studio record Blackstar — a work which, in the months since its release, is widely regarded as a statement on his own death and a parting gift for fans.
To help celebrate Bowie’s incredible life and legacy, Charles Hazlewood brings his mind-blowing musical project to Bristol’s Colston Hall for a special tribute night. A 42-piece orchestra, conducted by Hazlewood, will be performing the Heroes and Low symphonies — two suites by legendary composer Philip Glass featuring reinterpreted versions of songs found on two of Bowie’s best-loved records.
The albums, released to acclaim in the mid ’70s, feature in Bowie’s ‘Berlin Trilogy’ — three albums created with Tony Visconti and Brian Eno. The trilogy, finished off with Lodger, was recorded during the Thin White Duke’s time in West Berlin and saw Bowie escape into vibrant experiments — and the symphonies from Glass aim to capture that sense of innovation.
Glass has said of Bowie: “He was an extremely gifted and interesting person and musician. We had both a friendship and a working relationship […] He was a master unto himself.”
The Heroes Symphony and Low Symphony were performed at this year’s Glastonbury Festival to a crowd of over 10,000 — the success of those sets has led to a tour of the acclaimed show. Experience Bowie’s music like never before — this isn’t a carbon copy or cheesy covers set, but an honourable homage that respects Bowie’s sense of adventure and peerless ear for melody.
Ticket prices start at £15.
When: 10 December
Where: Colston Hall