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.