Trip The Light Fantastic: an orchestral feast of sight and sound by Paraorchestra with Surgeons Girl and Charles Hazlewood

In Trip The Light Fantastic, Surgeons Girl’s pulsing, cinematic and powerful techno-soundscapes are transformed into orchestral parts for Paraorchestra’s musicians by Responding Composer Oliver Vibrans, conjuring euphoric electro-orchestral alchemy incorporating a trademark mix of acoustic, analogue and digital instruments.

On stage at Bristol Beacon, a large indoor concert hall. The stage is lit in vivid orange hue. Charles Hazlewood stands with his back to camera - arms raised as he conducts a group of around forty Paraorchestra musicians in front of him. To Charles' left, a woman wearing distinctive turquoise gloves interprets the music into BSL.

The performance begins with a new piece by Paraorchestra composer Asteryth Sloane: Prelude to a Beginning, a sensual and spatial opener to proceedings.

Trip The Light Fantastic comes to London’s Southbank Centre on 12 April 2024. Tickets for this date are on sale now.

Trip The Light Fantastic was originally commissioned by Bristol Beacon for their reopening concert in November 2023 following a once-in-a-generation transformation, with projection-mapping and illumination by Limbic Cinema.