...an interesting evening was had by all.
[Roger Jones]

My repeated use of the adjective "brilliant" here is quite deliberate!
Very well recommended.
[Ian Milnes]

Congratulations to the Alliance for putting on such a stimulating programme of this relatively little-known music.
Strongly recommended to enterprising listeners.
[Philip Scowcroft]

12th member of the British Academy Regional Network
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Season 2013-2014

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All this season's SCA concert tickets are available from the Colston Hall box office
phone 0844 887 1500
on-line: www.colstonhall.org
In person: Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR 10am-6pm Mon to Sat.
SERIES DISCOUNT on 4 remaining concerts: £35 (save £12)
(All prices inclusive of 7.5% booking fee)

CONCERT 1: December Voices
6 December 2013
@ The Bristol Music Club

COMPOSER TALK 1: Geoffrey Poole
“Late Style or Vanishing Point”
Tuesday 25 February 7.30pm
@ The Victoria Rooms, Queens Road, BRISTOL BS8 1SA
Admission free

COMPOSER TALK 2: Jolyon Laycock
“…of fern leaves and cauliflower florets –
fractal patterns in music”

Thursday 27 March 7.30pm
@ The Victoria Rooms, Queens Road, BRISTOL BS8 1SA
Admission free

CONCERT 2: String Theory
5 April 2014
@ The Cresswell Theatre, College Square,
Bristol BS1 5TS
Tickets £15 (£12) from the Colston Hall Box Office
The Bristol Ensemble performs monumental cosmic classics of 20th century music for string orchestra including Penderecki & John Cage
plus works by Julian Dale, Julian Leeks, Jolyon Laycock, David Simmonds & John Pitts.

CONCERT 3: Worlds Elsewhere

22 May 2014
@ The Lantern, Colston Hall, Colston Street,
Bristol BS1 5AR
Tickets £12 (£9)
Sarah Leonard (soprano) & Stephen Gutman (piano)
with members of the Bristol Ensemble
Music for voice and instruments
world premieres: Jolyon Laycock's "Dark Seas" & Sulyen Caradon's "Elsewhere"
plus John Cage "Aria" and works by Julian Leeks & George Crumb

COMPOSER TALK 3: Julian Leeks
“Music and Words  The Remains of our Lives”
Thursday 29 May 7.30pm
@ The Victoria Rooms, Queens Road, BRISTOL BS8 1SA
Admission free

CONCERT 4: Clarinet in Close-up
4 June 2014
@ The Lantern, Colston Hall, Colston Street,
Bristol BS1 5AR
Tickets £10 (£7)
SCA and CoMA-Bristol join forces to work with Mary Barrett to bring you cutting-edge music for solo clarinet and small ensemble including works by members of SCA and CoMA-Bristol. www.coma.org/bristol

CONCERT 5: Piano Triets - 3 is the Magic Number 2
21 June 2014
@ The Lantern, Colston Hall, Colston Street,
Bristol BS1 5AR
Tickets £10 (£7)


Thank you to our 2013-2014 supporters!
We gratefully acknowledge the kind and on-going support of the Paragon Concert Society who administer funds left to them by the late Leo Reid Baker. Their financial support has greatly assisted the putting on of numerous SCA events. We also gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Hinrichsen Foundation (www.hinrichsenfoundation.org.uk), Arts Council England (www.artscouncil.org.uk), and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust (www.rvwtrust.org.uk).


New CD now available:
Landscapes in Sound ... £10
(plus £1 P&P)

Featuring music by David Simmonds, Jolyon Laycock, Sulyen Caradon, Andre Shlimon and Frank Harvey, recorded at Clevedon Court, Somerset, and Bristol Music Club.

August 2014
Kostis Tsioulakis
"Bacchus's Dance"
piano triet premiere

Percy Grainger
"Harvest Hymn"
piano triet premiere

Annual membership £25 (students £12).


In 2003, a number of composers based in the Bristol and Bath area got together to form the Severnside Composers Alliance with the aim of promoting performances of their own music, and stimulating a wider interest in the composition and performance of new music in the region.

SCA has some twentyfour concerts under its belt, attracting some excellent reviews. Dunelm Records have released two “stimulating” and “very well recommended” CDs (DRD0238 and DRD0243), and Poppy Records have released our third CD in October 2011. Local composers have given entertaining evening talks about their life and music, over a wine and nibbles.

Click here to LISTEN to music by our composers!

Our website boasts a growing online database of
a) local performers/ groups, and
b) recordings and sheet music by local composers - a fabulous resource for any musicians looking for something a little different to play!

All material copyright (c) 2011 Severnside Composers Alliance  0117 904 8902  severnsidecomposersalliance@blueyonder.co.uk