Saturday 3 March 2018 at 7.30pm
All Saints’ Church, Clifton, Bristol
Conducted by David Ogden
Richard Johnson organ
Kate Pearson harp
Jeremy Little percussion
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Finzi Lo, the full, final sacrifice
Amy Summers Sing For Joy
Leighton Crucifixus Pro Nobis
Janácek Otcenáš (Our Father)
Rheinberger Hymne: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
A celebratory concert marking the 150th anniversary of All Saints’ Church, Clifton and the 100th birthday of one of America’s greatest conductors and composers, Leonard Bernstein. His compositions range from symphonies to musicals and are famed for their vitality, jazzy rhythms and plaintive, heartfelt melodies. The Chichester Psalms has all these elements in abundance. In three contrasting movements conveying messages of joy, peace, humility and goodwill, Bernstein fuses the choir and organ’s vibrancy and power with the harp’s delicate and ethereal sounds, together with the rhythmic drive of drums and percussion.
The mystical and engaging combination of these varied colours from choir, organ and harp are also heard in Janácek’s restful setting of the Lord’s Prayer and in the rarely-heard Hymne: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen for ladies’ voices by the 19th century composer Josef Rheinberger.
The choir gives the first performance of a new work for men’s choir by the young composer Amy Summers, one of this year’s City of Bristol Choir Scholars, and the final two works of the programme set vivid and passionate words by 17th century poets: Finzi’s wonderful melodious festival anthem Lo, the full, final sacrifice, and the dramatic cantata Crucifixus pro nobis by the Yorkshire-born composer Kenneth Leighton.
Tickets are £15 for adults, £5 for students in full time education and under 18s.
How to book
• Buy online at City of Bristol Choir’s box office
• Or telephone Opus 13 music shop on 0117 923 0164
• Or call into Opus 13 music shop at 14 St Michael’s Hill (open from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday)
• Tickets can also be reserved by calling the City of Bristol Choir ticket line on 0117 950 7055.