The Greater Light

Richard Johnson organ
Jeremy Little percussion
Conducted by David Ogden

Sunday 16th March 2014 at 7.30pm
St Alban's Church, Westbury Park, Bristol

A concert of English choral music on the theme of light sung by candlelight in the warm acoustic of St Alban's Church,Westbury Park

Join the 100 singers of City of Bristol Choir for this atmospheric concert of romantic English choral music on the theme of light. In the candlelight ambience of St Albans Church, the choir is accompanied by combinations of bells, organ and percussion to create both mystical and celebratory sounds and moods. Some of the pieces are intimate and reflective evening hymns asking for protection and comfort, whilst others are radiant and joyous celebrations of the morning light that look forward to new beginnings.

The title work is a rare performance of The Greater Light by Martin Shaw, an unjustly neglected 20th century composer. The piece is taken from The Rock, a musical play that he wrote with the celebrated poet TS Eliot and was first performed exactly 80 years ago. The programme also features choral classics by early 20th century English composers well known for including folksong and plainsong idioms into their music to reflect the past while embracing the new.

Programme includes:
Charles Wood - Hail gladdening light
Vaughan Williams - Mass in G minor
Martin Shaw - The Greater Light
Balfour Gardiner - Evening Hymn
Bob Chilcott - Canticles of Light
Thomas Tallis - O nata lux
Gustav Holst - Nunc dimittis
Edward Elgar - Light of the World


£15 (concessions £13, under 18s £5)

Tickets for this evening's concert will be available on the door (cash or cheque payments only)

Finding St Alban's Church

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From Clifton in Bristol:
Go up Whiteladies Road and get into the middle lane at the top of Blackboy Hill. Follow the road round to the right and stay in the middle lane marked 'Redland'. Take the second exit off the roundabout, with the Spire hospital on your left. Carry on down that road to a roundabout. Turn left, then immediately first right into Coldharbour Road. The church is on your left just after the second turning on the left.

From Gloucester Road in Bristol:
Drive from the arches up towards the traffic lights (away from the City Centre, towards Horfield). At the lights next to 'Amici', turn left, then immediately right at the next set of lights into Cranbrook Road. Keep going to a set of traffic lights, and turn left onto Coldharbour Road. St Alban's is on your right just after the third turning on the right.

From the M4:
Follow the M4 to the M4/M5 junction, then get onto the M5 southbound (South West). From the M5 take junc 17 and follow signs for A4018 into Bristol. Go over 3 roundabouts (1. Cribbs Causeway, 2. Rugby ground, 3, Crow pub on right). Keep going over 3 sets of traffic lights at junctions, until you get to a roundabout - in total 2 miles or so from Crow pub roundabout. At this roundabout, turn left into North View, then immediately right into Etloe Road, which becomes Bayswater Road. Carry on to the end of the road, and St Alban's church is on the corner on your right hand side.