City of Bristol Choir
Richard Johnson organ
Jeremy Little percussion
Conducted by David Ogden
A concert of English choral music on the theme of light sung by candlelight in the warm acoustic of St Alban’s Church,Westbury Park
Join the 100 singers of City of Bristol Choir for this atmospheric concert of romantic English choral music on the theme of light. In the candlelight ambience of St Albans Church, the choir is accompanied by combinations of bells, organ and percussion to create both mystical and celebratory sounds and moods. Some of the pieces are intimate and reflective evening hymns asking for protection and comfort, whilst others are radiant and joyous celebrations of the morning light that look forward to new beginnings.
The title work is a rare performance of The Greater Light by Martin Shaw, an unjustly neglected 20th century composer. The piece is taken from The Rock, a musical play that he wrote with the celebrated poet TS Eliot and was first performed exactly 80 years ago. The programme also features choral classics by early 20th century English composers well known for including folksong and plainsong idioms into their music to reflect the past while embracing the new.
Charles Wood – Hail gladdening light
Vaughan Williams – Mass in G minor
Martin Shaw – The Greater Light
Balfour Gardiner – Evening Hymn
Bob Chilcott – Canticles of Light
Thomas Tallis – O nata lux
Gustav Holst – Nunc dimittis
Edward Elgar – Light of the World
Tickets £15 (concessions £13, under 18s £5)