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02A unique sound wave sculpture spearheads the final stage of St George’s Bristol capital fundraising appeal Building a Sound Future.

St George’s Bristol has secured the support of two world leading artists to create a stunning unique glass sound wave sculpture as the focus of attention for the final stage of its major capital development project Building a Sound Future. Commissioned by St George’s, the sculpture, titled Apollo (for the Greek God of Music) will hang as the centrepiece of the concert hall’s new extension.  Designed by internationally recognised Bristol based installation artist Luke Jerram and based on a musical score composed by Philip Glass, Apollo consists of 100 glass roundels, each one associated with an individual donor to St George’s capital appeal.

World leading contemporary composer Philip Glass has generously given St George’s permission to use the opening section of his 2nd Etude from Etudes for Piano, Vol. I (which he played at the Bristol concert hall in 2013) as the source material for Apollo. Luke Jerram is using the sound file to create a 3-D musical wave form sculpture. A fitting symbol of the transformed St George’s, a world class concert hall which celebrates music in all its forms, the 3 metre tall piece will be suspended in the foyer of St George’s new extension when it opens in the autumn of 2017.

Apollo will consist of approximately 100 hand-blown glass roundels to represent the musical score, with individuals and companies invited to sponsor each roundel. Funding to design and produce the sculpture has already been secured, and all individual roundel sponsors will together contribute £500,000 to St George’s £5.5m Building a Sound Future capital appeal to provide new world-class facilities for the venue’s audiences and performers. As members of the ‘Apollo Club’ donors will also enjoy an enduring association with St George’s and this unique artistic collaboration.

Philip Glass has performed at St George’s Bristol a number of times and was the first choice as a collaborative partner. He says: “I am delighted to provide the musical source for the sound wave. I have great affection for St George’s – its intimacy, acoustics and the special relationship it allows performers to have with their audience leave abiding memories for me. It is especially fitting that the chosen piece is my 2nd Etude which I played on my first visit to St George’s in 2013. I am happy to be able to play a part in St George’s exciting plans and look forward to seeing the finished piece.”

While Luke Jerram’s art work takes him around the world his home is in Bristol and he is a long-time supporter of St George’s. He says: “From street pianos project Play Me, I’m Yours to the Sky Orchestra, many of my art projects involve music, sound and performance. These temporary works contrast my glass sculptures which appear in many museums around the world from the Metropolitan Museum in NYC to the Bristol City Museum. Working with St George’s allows me to combine my passion for glass and acoustics, to work in a new exciting and invigorating creative partnership. However this is the first time I have created an artwork to support a fundraising campaign. I cannot wait to get started.”

Suzanne Rolt, CEO of St George’s adds: “We are now just 2 years away from realising our vision of Building a Sound Future for St George’s, and in October 2017 we will be unveiling our new two-storey extension.  As we look to secure the remaining funding, we are now turning to our warmest supporters, our audience members, to help us reach our target of £5.5 million.  I’m genuinely thrilled that two artists of international repute, Philip Glass and Luke Jerram, are working together to create a unique artwork that will be at the heart of this fundraising campaign.  Apollo will hang in the double height space of our new extension as an inspiring and lasting testament not only to the value of music itself but to the many people who have come together because they love St George’s and want to join us in securing its long term future.”

The roundels will be created by Wiltshire based glass team James Devereux Studios.

St George’s is grateful to Icon Films for producing a promotional film to mark the launch of the Apollo Club, donated in support of the Building a Sound Future Appeal. St George’s also thanks Kinneir Dufort for the Apollo logo which has also be designed free of charge.

Further information on sponsoring a roundel and supporting the Building a Sound Future Appeal please contact Simon Farley on /0117 929 4924 (ext. 205)

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