Concert to mark Arts Council England’s 70th anniversary

with Christopher Frayling

Fri 11 November 2016

Concert to mark Arts Council England’s 70th anniversary

with Christopher Frayling

Fri 11 November 2016,

To mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of Arts Council England (ACE) we present a lecture by Sir Christopher Frayling, former ACE chair, and the performance of a specially commissioned piece of music.

Frayling will look at the history of Arts Council England; reflect on his time as ACE chair; and provide some thoughts on the future of arts funding and arts policy.

Liz Lane

Liz Lane

‘Dance where the Spirit Enlightens’ was composed by Liz Lane. Bhangra music: RSVP Bhangra. Words: Andy Rashleigh Conductor: Ian Holmes

The piece brings together a diverse group of seventeen musicians of different cultures and musical backgrounds, ranging from top professionals to young students, in a celebration of art and culture through seven decades.

Members of Lydbrook Band, conductor Ian Holmes, rehearsing ‘Dance where the Spirit Enlightens’

Seven movements portray aspects of the Arts Council’s history whilst also representing key elements of Arts Council England’s support for the arts today: collections; combined arts; dance; libraries; literature; museums; music; theatre and visual arts.

The title is inspired by quotes from the first chairman of the Arts Council, John Maynard Keynes, and the current chairman, Sir Peter Bazalgette, found on this website.

Prior to the performance, Liz Lane will talk about how the commission was developed.

Musicians: Belinda Evans – Soprano; Andrew Loveridge – Saxophones; David Thornton – Euphonium; Ruth Watson – Oboe and Cor Anglais; Steph West – Harp; Alice Cleaver – Cello

Members of Lydbrook Brass Band: Glen Carroll – Soprano Cornet; Phil Storer – Cornet; Robert Morgan – Cornet; Jack Lythaby – Tenor Horn; Paula Taylor – Baritone; Nigel Howard – Trombone; Trevor Moss – Eb Bass

RSVP Bhangra Band: Rana Dildar Singh – Vocalist; Judge Singh – Bass Guitar; Jeevan Singh Chauhan – Dholak, Tabla and Dhol; Cris Peirsenne – Mandolin and Guitars


This event is part of the Bristol800 Universities Showcase Weekender.

Bristol800 is supported by:

Arts Council England, Bristol & Bath Cultural Destinations, Bristol City Council, The Society of Merchant Venturers, University of Bristol, University of the West of England


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