Handel 250 Festival: Rejoicing

G.F. Handel
Dixit Dominus • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba • The King shall rejoice • Gloria • Let thy hand be strengthened • Water Music

A performance of Handel’s virtuosic choral work, Dixit Dominus along with some of his most popular instrumental pieces including the joyful Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and the soprano aria Gloria.

This jubilant solo work, discovered in 2001, will be performed by the young soprano soloist Christina Sampson, a former pupil of Redland High School now making her name as a soloist on the London concert scene.

Tickets £15 (£13 concessions, £5 under 18s)

All seating is unreserved.

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The performers

CHRISTINA SAMPSON was born in Bristol. She was a music scholar at Redland High School (violin and piano), a City Wait for Bristol, and was also a member of Bristol Cathedral Girls’ Choir and Clifton Cathedral Choir. Later she studied music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and subsequently joined the English National Opera The Knack vocal performance course. She was awarded a distinction for her postgraduate degree (Vocal Studies) last December at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Last summer, Christina made her debut at the Berlin State Opera, singing in a staged production of Handel’s Belshazzar (Soprano 1 chor-solist), conducted by René Jacobs, with further productions at the 2008 Aix-en-Provence and Innsbruck festivals and a live broadcast on Arte television. Later in 2008 she won second prize in the Hampshire Singer of the Year competition. Other recent performances include contemporary song concerts at the Wigmore Hall and the Arcola theatre in London, as well as a wide variety of Baroque repertoire, including Handel’s Messiah at St Giles Church Cripplegate and Bach cantatas at the London BachFest with the Steinitz Baroque Players. Other recently-performed oratorio repertoire includes Mozart Requiem and Regina Coeli, Bach St John and St Matthew Passion, and Requiem settings by Bruneau, Duruflé and Fauré.

In GSMD opera scenes, Christina has played Romilda (Serse), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Helena (Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Marzelline (Fidelio) and she sang Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Runaway Opera. She also sings with choirs such as the BBC Singers, appearing in the Proms as well as concerts and recordings. She sang with English Voices in Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the 2007 Aix-en-Provence festival, conducted by René Jacobs. Christina performs frequently in London churches, including St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, Brompton Oratory, Farm Street Church, Mayfair, and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Future projects include a recital at St Bride’s church, Fleet Street, playing Musetta (La Bohème) with Southgate Opera and Juliet (cover – Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet) with West London Opera. Christina also teaches singing at Godolphin and Latymer School and Falkner House School in London. She studies with John Evans and Jonathan Papp.

PAMELA HUDGE graduated from the Royal College of Music where she studied singing and piano. She combines a busy singing career with a private teaching practice and, after some years of freelance teaching, is now Head of Music at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Pamela is much in demand in this country and abroad for concert work, adjudicating and running vocal workshops for choral societies and professional theatre groups. Throughout this year she is running vocal workshops in the south and east of England and for Bristol University.

Pamela’s repertoire of oratorio works is extensive: recent performances include Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle and various Messiahs, Elijahs and Mozart Requiems. Pamela is equally at home on the operatic stage; a recent interesting chamber opera was Bon Appetit!, a one-woman opera in which she played the Delia Smith of North America and cooked a chocolate cake on stage!

Pamela has been music director for many societies in the Bristol area over the years, conducting numerous shows, choral and orchestra concerts, and currently conducts Organum, a Bath-based choir. She recently conducted and played keyboards for Moll Flanders, a Bristol Old Vic Theatre School production at Bristol Old Vic Studio Theatre.

MARTIN LE POIDEVIN is well known as an oratorio soloist, and has also played a large number of opera roles. He is an active recitalist with several performances planned this year. Recent performances have included Britten’s song cycle Songs and Proverbs of William Blake and creating the role of Brunel in Martin Kiszko’s new cantata A Radius of Curves. Martin is also a composer, writing mainly choral and chamber music. He has several published and broadcast works. Alongside his singing career, Martin works as a journalist, and has written on subjects as diverse as cookery, space flight, horse racing and computing, as well as music. www.martinlepoidevin.me.uk

THE EMERALD ENSEMBLE

Emerald Ensemble is Bristol’s professional chamber orchestra, and is renowned for its accessible, passionate, warm and virtuosic performances. The group holds a pivotal position in South West music, presenting eighty events per year in the region’s major venues. Formed in 1994 by Roger Huckle, Emerald is a musicians’ collective, bringing together the best of the region’s performers.
The group regularly works with outstanding international artists and soloists, including Julian Lloyd-Weber (cello), Emma Kirkby (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), Emma Johnson (clarinet), Pee Wee Ellis (saxophone), Victor-Hugo Villena (Argentine bandoneon), and Principal players of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

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