Mass in B Minor

City of Bristol Choir
City of Bristol Orchestra

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)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 minorand 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

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