David Bowie orchestra announces UK tour following acclaimed Glastonbury performance

Performance is based on Philip Glass' 'Heroes Symphony' Bowie tribute

The David Bowie orchestral tribute that took place at Glastonbury Festival earlier this year will now embark on a short tour of the UK.

The orchestra, conducted by leading conductor Charles Hazlewood, performed composer Philip Glass’ 1996 classical work ‘Heroes Symphony’, based on Bowie’s 1977 album ‘Heroes’. The performance was accompanied by a light show designed by artist Chris Levine, who has worked with Massive Attack, Grace Jones and Sigur Ros. The ensemble features Army Of Generals and members of The British Paraorchestra.

After performing to 20,000 at Glastonbury in June, the orchestra will now play three indoor shows at the end of 2016. Gigs will take place in Bristol, Nottingham and Bexhill during December. See the dates in full below.


Colston Hall, Bristol (December 10)
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (12)
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill (14)

Watch footage from the Glastonbury tribute below.

Bowie was a fan of Glass, citing him as an influence on his music. Glass said of the Glastonbury performance: “When Charles told me of his plan to take my ‘Heroes Symphony’ to Glastonbury, I was delighted. It’s very exciting to think of it playing – at the midnight hour – out across the parkland, a true celebration of Bowie. I am so very pleased members of the British Paraorchestra and Chris Levine’s epic light performance will be part of it – what a spectacular collaboration. This is sound and vision Bowie-style.”

Hazlewood, who has worked with Super Furry Animals, Billy Bragg, Scritti Politti and Guillemots, said he wanted to conduct the performance of Glass’ work after learning of Bowie’s death in January. Hazlewood said: “I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the seismic shock experienced by millions of us at the news of David Bowie’s death. Literally the last thing anyone imagined, I mean, Bowie was forever, right? Speaking personally, he was a cornerstone of my life, a fundamental; as important as Mozart, and for me, that is saying a lot.”

Hazlewood added: “In wondering how to come to terms with it – and as a musician, what music I might play which reflected both my agonised numbness at his passing, and the sheer lust-for-life joy his music has always given me – I realised with a leaping heart that we must play Philip Glass’ ‘Heroes Symphony’. Here is a wonderfully intense symphonic journey, which takes the musical essence of Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, and re-expresses it through Glass’ unmistakable and hypnotic brand of alchemy: a 45-minute symphonic meditation setting the ghosts of Bowie’s (and Eno’s) creation in poetic, shining relief, through the filter of another, equally iconoclastic and unique genius.”