The origins of flamenco are in shadow. We know its musical influences date back to Islamic Iberia between the eighth and fifteenth centuries yet the first mention of flamenco by name is not until 1774. What happened in these intervening centuries? In this spellbinding concert, critically acclaimed ensemble Lux Musicae London in collaboration with Flamenco virtuoso Ignacio Lusardi and oud maestro Ahmed Mukhtar, set out in search of answers. Featuring Sephardic and Arabic music alongside Spanish composers of the late sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, the programme tells a story of the Iberian peninsula and its music, its complex melting pot of cultural influences set against a backdrop of dramatic social change and the flourishing of empire, cities and culture. The programme weaves flamenco itself with music that betrays the echoes of its beginnings.
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The Festival of Ideas endeavours to hold its events in venues that are accessible to all, but if you have specific access concerns it is advisable to contact the venue direct. St George’s Bristol regrets that due to St George’s listed-building status there is limited access to some parts of the building. However, St George’s welcomes customers with additional needs and there is a dedicated accessible entrance from Charlotte Street via a lift. Please mention your particular needs to the Box Office staff when you book and they will give you all the assistance and advice you need. Limited parking space is available for disabled ‘Blue Badge’ holders in the adjacent car park but must be reserved in advance – call the Box Office to check availability. Guide dogs are admitted to all parts of the venue. Accessible toilet facilities are located within the Bar, accessible by lift.
St George’s has recently installed a new Assisted Listening System called Sennheiser MobileConnect. Using WiFi, visitors to St George’s can now get superior quality live audio from concerts, talks, and exhibitions fed directly to their smart phone, or similar device – either through headphones or via a necklace for hearing aid users. The sound levels can be adjusted on your device to suit your needs and the House Team will be happy to assist you with this. The Sennheiser MobileConnect system has been installed to combat the poor coverage to the more traditional hearing loop within the main hall. Headphones/necklaces can be booked via the Box Office in advance or borrowed on the day, for a refundable deposit of £5. Visitors can download the Sennheiser MobileConnect app using the links below to use on their own device and can also use their own headphones. Please speak to the Box Office Team for more information at the time of booking.