Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


St George's Bristol
Great George Street


Graham FitkinVarious
Graham FitkinWing (world premiere)


The Fitkin Band

Programme Note

One of the leading composers of his generation, Graham Fitkin’s recent work has included a cello concerto for Yo Yo Ma, premiered at the Proms in 2011, and a commission for London’s Cultural Olympiad in 2012. Graham is also a West Country native, born in Cornwall with strong links to Bristol and its musical culture, including St George’s. His taut, propulsive music reflects a strong interest in technology and engineering, which made him a perfect choice for our special ‘Art of Flight’ commission. This new piece, Wing, to be given its premiere in the second half of this all-Fitkin bill, was partly inspired by a visit to the historic Bristol Aeroplane Company hangars at Filton. “I remember as a boy designing and throwing paper planes out of high windows and trying to get them to go further. And generally failing,” Graham says. “I still wonder about this… Thrust and lift. Wings and flaps…” Come and see Wing take flight for the first time.


“Achingly romantic British pastoral updated to an edgy, utterly contemporary, urban landscape" THE INDEPENDENT (ON FITKIN’S ‘AGNOSTIC’)

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