Eternal Light

Saturday 12th November 2011 at 7.30pm
St George's Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR

City of Bristol Choir
The Lochrian Ensemble
Christina Birchall-Sampson soprano
Alexei Winter tenor
Martin Le Poidevin bass

Howard Goodall Eternal Light
Morten Lauridsen Lux Aeterna
Cecilia McDowall Ave Maris Stella

Sumptuous harmonies, beautiful melodies and heartfelt feelings of wonder and compassion characterize all three works in this programme of choral music for choir, soloists, harp and string orchestra on the theme of light.

Hear the Bristol premiere of Howard Goodall's work Eternal Light, which has touched millions through performances on radio and in the concert hall.

This year marks the 60th birthday of the English composer Cecilia McDowall. Her work Ave Maris Stella was written 10 years ago in the aftermath of the events of the 11th September 2001. It is a serene reflection on the theme of peace and light, with passages for ethereal soprano solo. The soloist is Bristol-born Christina Birchall-Sampson, who studied at the Guildhall School of Music and now is making a name for herself on the operatic stage and as a recitalist.

Hear a preview of the music


- Central stalls and balcony: £18(£16 concessions)
- Side stalls and front row of side balcony: £16(£14)
- Side stalls (some restricted view) and second row of side balcony: £12(£10)
- Front two rows of side stalls and third row of balcony (restricted view): £8(£6)

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Christina Birchall-Sampson

Christina studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and later on the ENO vocal performance course and Trinity College of Music. She was awarded a distinction for postgraduate studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She sang the solos in City of Bristol Choir's performances of Handel's Gloria and Dixit Dominus with City of Bristol Choir in 2009.

Alexei Winter

Alexei Winter sings with the choir of Bristol Cathedral as a tenor Lay Clerk and is a regular soloist with various choirs in Bristol. He has a particular interest in early music and works regularly with a small group of instrumentalists on Spanish and English lute songs of the Renaissance period.

Martin Le Poidevin

Martin is well known as an oratorio soloist and has sung as a soloist with City of Bristol Choir many times including Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and The Kingdom in 2007. He is an experienced choir trainer and singing coach and is deputy director of the Bristol Schools Chamber Choir.

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