J. S. Bach Mass in B minor

Saturday 19th March at 7.30pm
St George's, Bristol

City of Bristol Choir
City of Bristol Orchestra

with Eloise Routledge soprano
Carris Jones mezzo soprano
Ian Yemm tenor
Martin Le Poidevin bass

Described as 'the greatest work of art of all times and all peoples', the Mass in B Minor was Bach's final choral work and, alongside his Passions, the crowning achievement of his lifetime's work as a church musician. This performance, with chamber orchestra in the intimate acoustic of St George's Bristol is sure to be mesmerising, showcasing City of Bristol Choir's versatility moving from the hushed, deeply moving moments in the Credo to the exhilarating, fast-paced choruses.


Tickets

• Central stalls and central balcony: £20 (£18 concessions)
• Side stalls and front row of side balcony: £17 (£15)
Tickets in these areas are available from City of Bristol Choir ticket line on 0117 950 7055 and from St George's box office (details below)

• Side stalls (pillar restricted view) and second row of side balcony: £14 (£12)
• Third row of side balcony (restricted view): £10 (£8)
These tickets are only available from St George's box office

• City of Bristol Choir ticket line: 0117 950 7055
• St George's box office telephone 0845 40 24 001
• Online at www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk
• In person at the box office (open 12 noon to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 1.5 hours before performances at the weekend)


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Soloists

Eloise Routledge soprano

Eloise studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama before winning a place at the acclaimed Dutch National Opera Academy. She enjoyed a successful and productive two years there, performing a variety of roles including Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. Eloise greatly enjoys concerts and oratorios, with previous engagements including Handel's Dixit Dominus, Purcell's Hail Bright Cecilia, Haydn's The Seasons, Prom in the Park with The Welsh Sinfonia and Bryan Davies, and as guest soloist for Treorchy Male Choir performing in major concert halls across Australia, including Sydney Opera House. Eloise has performed Ginastera's Cantata Para America Magica in Rotterdam, and in concerts with Classical Connections, London Festival Opera and Opera Novella. www.eloisesoprano.com

Carris Jones mezzo soprano

Carris Jones graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2008 with the Bennett of Lincoln scholarship and a DipRam, the Academy's highest performance award. Her extensive experience on the oratorio platform includes performances across the UK of Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Bach's Mass in B minor and Christmas Oratorio, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Mass in C and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. Carris also has a busy schedule of ensemble work, singing with the Gabrieli Consort, the Kings Consort and Tenebrae. She has performed at the BBC Proms under Bernard Haitink and at the Royal Festival Hall under Daniel Harding. She is a founder member of Stile Antico, an unconducted early music vocal ensemble whose recordings have won a Classic FM Gramophone award and been nominated for the prestigious Grammy awards.

Ian Yemm tenor

Ian Yemm has spent the last six years singing with Welsh National Opera. He studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music with Joy Mammen and at the Opera School of the Royal College of Music with Noelle Barker OBE: he currently studies with Beatrice Unsworth. Whilst still at College he quickly became known for his performances of Bach and Handel. His early operatic and recital appearances in original Peter Pears repertoire, established him as an important interpreter of the compositions of Benjamin Britten. After College he joined the Glyndebourne Chorus. In 2008 he toured the UK giving recitals of Vaughan Williams' songs to mark the 50th Anniversary of the composer's death, working regularly in recital with pianist Andrew Wilson-Dickson. www.ianyemm.co.uk

Martin Le Poidevin bass

Martin was born in Essex, and educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Bristol University. Martin is well known as an oratorio soloist. He has also played a large number of opera roles, and is an active recitalist. Recent performances have included working with the Brno Philharmonic (Appalachian Spring - Delius) and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (baritone solo in Elgar's Dream of Gerontius), as well as singing the role of St Peter in Elgar's The Kingdom. Martin is an experienced choir trainer and singing coach. He also runs an internet programming studio. He is married with five young children. www.martinlepoidevin.me.uk


Directions

From the M4

Exit at J19, taking the M32 into Bristol. Stay on the M32 until the end (Newfoundland Street), keeping in the 2nd lane from the right.

At the traffic lights follow the road right into Bond Street and move into the middle lane (next to the bus lane).

Take 1st exit from roundabout (Debenhams and House of Fraser will be on your left) and follow the main road until you get to Colston Avenue/City Centre. Once on the centre, get into the right lane, following signs to Park Street. You will pass the Hippodrome on your right.

Go up the short hill (the Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green and Bristol Cathedral will be on your left), and once on Park Street (steep hill, with shops either side), turn off at the 2nd road on the left, called Great George Street. It is signposted 'St George's Bristol'.

St George's Bristol is a former church which you will find on your right, with steep steps leading up to the column lined front.

From the A4/A37
Stay on the A37 passing Bristol Temple Meads railway station on your right, and follow the dual carriageway towards the city centre.

At St James Barton roundabout, go straight across (either by taking the second exit at the roundabout, or by taking the underpass beneath it). At the traffic lights follow the road straight ahead (keeping the shops on your left) staying in the middle lane, next to the bus lane.

From the M5
If travelling from the North, take the M4 from the interchange, and come into Bristol on the M32 as above.

If travelling from the South, come off at Gordano Services, following signs to Clifton/Bristol.

As you near the city, take the left turning via the Clifton Suspension Bridge (You will need 30p in silver coins).

Once over the bridge, turn right at the first mini-roundabout, and take the first turning left after the zebra-crossing (Merchant Road). Follow this road until you reach the one-way system (you will see Habitat opposite you).

Follow the system past the front of the shops and stay in the middle lane, forking right into Park Street at the third set of traffic lights. Once descending Park Street, take the second right into Great George Street. It is signposted 'St George's Bristol'.

From the A38
Stay on the A38 through Bedminster, and towards the City Centre. When you reach Bedminster Bridge roundabout (with the River Avon running beneath it), take the 4th exit into Clarence Road (A370). At the next roundabout turn left, passing Bristol Temple Meads railway station on your right.

Follow directions from A4/A37 above.

Bus Services
St George's Bristol is served by frequent bus services from Temple Meads rail station: 1, 8, 8A, 9, 9A (visit the First Bus information website for details of the best bus for your journey).

Parking
On-street parking is strictly controlled and pay and display applies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The nearest car parks are located on Trenchard Street, West End, Brandon Street, College Street and Frog Lane.