Saturday 17th May at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol David conducts City of Bristol Choir and The Lochrian Ensemble in performances of Mozart’s ‘Great’ Mass in C Minor and Bach’s Magnificat.
Bach’s Magnificat is bright and lively with wonderfully lyrical solos providing moments of reflection between the energetic choruses and dazzling trumpet lines.
Mozart’s stirring ‘Great’ Mass in C Minor combines beautiful and virtuosic soprano duets, rousing and dramatic choruses, and orchestral fireworks. The line-up of soloists includes rising stars of the opera world. Portuguese soprano Susana Gaspar represented her country at Cardiff Singer of the World in 2013 and is a frequent soloist at the Royal Opera House. Scottish soprano Eleanor Dennis regularly appears with Scottish Opera and was recently described by Fiona Maddocks in The Observer, as a “singer with a marvellous future. I’m not sure I can ever remember a soloist who so obviously deserves to be a star”. As well as his many opera roles, the “exciting” tenor Ed Lyon has appeared as a soloist at the BBC Proms, and was described by The Guardian as “one of Britain’s top baroque tenors”.
Tickets £10 to £25 (discounts for concessions) from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or online at www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk
Wednesday 25 June 2014 at 7.45pm, St George’s Bristol Exultate Singers performs choral masterpieces of the Baroque era in St James Priory including J.S. Bach’s thrilling motet Der Geist hilft, and Domenico Scarlatti’s meditative and poignant setting of the medieval Stabat Mater poem which weaves ten voice parts in an exquisite tapestry of polyphony throughout the work. The choir is joined by the exceptional cellist Richard May, who will play continuo cello alongside Richard Johnson on chamber organ. Tickets £15 for adults, £13 concessions, £5 students in full time education, £2 under 18s from www.exultatesingers.org, by telephone on 0117 923 0164 or in person from Opus 13 Music at 14 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol
Tuesday 24th June 2014 at 7.30pm Bristol Schools Chamber Choir performs Gabriel Fauré’s enduring masterpiece, Requiem at St George’s Bristol. Also on the programme is the contemplative, well-loved Cantique de Jean Racine, Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, solo arias and songs. Tickets are £10 / £8 / £6 / £5 (£1 discount for concessions), available from St George’s box office by phone on 0845 40 24 001 or visit www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk