November 2020 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Canada’s NAC Orchestra at Colston Hall

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The musicians of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra will offer a beautiful concert in Bristol’s Colston Hall on October 30th – an evening of extraordinary musicality featuring internationally-acclaimed violin virtuoso and conductor Pinchas Zukerman.

The NAC Orchestra’s Performance and Education Tour of the United Kingdom packs gorgeous evening concerts and dozens of educational activities and performances into 10 days, celebrating the relentless bravery and deep devotion to country that British and Canadian soldiers showed the world during World War I. Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, by award-winning Canadian composer John Estacio, and by Max Bruch and Beethoven will be performed by this exceptional orchestra in a live, visceral experience that will stay with you.

Follow the tour at and be part of an incredible musical story as it unfolds.

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Ticket-holders are invited to join us prior to the concert for the following FREE activities featuring the works of Canadian composers John Estacio and Abigail Richardson:

Pre-concert lecture with John Estacio (6:25 pm): Attend a 30-minute pre-concert chat with composer John Estacio and host BBC Radio’s Stephen Johnson who will interview Estacio about his work Brio: Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra among the rest of the evening’s repertoire. There will also be a question and answer format to engage the audience.

Pre-concert choir performance, Song of the Poets (6:45 pm):
A pre-concert performance by The Erebus Ensemble prior to the NAC Orchestra’s evening concert at The Lantern in Colston Hall. The NAC is the lead commissioner of a powerful tribute to the soldiers of the First World War called “Song of the Poets” by Canadian composer Abigail Richardson that will be featured by wonderful youth and community choirs in all tour cities as part of the NAC Orchestra’s pre-concert activities.