Spiritual Sounds

City of Bristol Choir
Alexei Winter tenor
Jeremy Little percussion
Richard Johnson organ
Conducted by David Ogden

Agnus Dei Samuel Barber
Locus iste, Christus factus est and Ave Maria Anton Bruckner
Let all mortal flesh keep silence Bairstow
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Collegium Regale James Whitbourn
Luminosity James Whitbourn
Ave verum Colin Mawby
O nata lux Morten Lauridsen
Excerpts from Psalmfest John Rutter
A Prayer Evelyn Glennie

In the vibrant acoustic of Clifton Cathedral, City of Bristol Choir presents a concert that explores a mystical and ethereal sound world. The choir is joined by professional percussionist Jeremy Little for this concert of music for choir, organ and percussion in works by Morten Lauridsen, James Whitbourn, Edward Bairstow, Anton Bruckner and John Rutter.

The choir performs Agnus Dei, Samuel Barber’s own arrangement for choir of his Adagio for Strings, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. In the resonant acoustic of Clifton Cathedral this promises to be a memorable performance.

The choral music of James Whitbourn has explored the wonderful effects of adding solo instruments to the traditional choir and organ sound. His powerful setting of the Evening Canticles Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, written for King’s College Cambridge, is for choir and solo tenor but adds a resounding tam-tam that is struck at various times during the piece to highlight important parts of the text. Another of his works, Luminosity is an exotic and mystical sequence of pieces on the theme of light for choir, organ, viola, and percussion and, tanpura, an Indian violin.

John Rutter’s Psalmfest contains some of his most beautiful and personal music including the lyrical powerful setting of Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd with its haunting oboe solo and The Lord is my Light and Salvation for choir, organ, harp and clarinet.

Completing the programme are several unaccompanied motets by Anton Bruckner and Colin Mawby and Evelyn Glennie’s Prayer – a beautiful piece for solo Marimba.

Tickets £15 for adults, £5 for under 18s

• Tickets are available on the door from 7pm (Cash or cheque)
• or telephone 0117 950 7055 to reserve your tickets
• or buy tickets from Providence Music shop on 0117 927 6536 or at 1 St George’s Road, College Green, Bristol (card payments accepted)

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