Celestial Concerts

City of Bristol Choir
The Lochrian Ensemble
David Ogden conductor
Catherine Black leader
Ruby Hughes soprano
Paul Agnew tenor

Programme includes:
Zadok the Priest
Choruses from Samson
Choruses from Israel in Egypt
Crystal streams in murmurs flowing from Susanna
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Will the sun forget to streak? and choruses from Solomon
I’ll to the well-trod stage anon and As steals the morn upon the night from L’Allegro
Sing unto God from Judas Maccabeus
Jealousy, infernal pest from Hercules
Arias and choruses from Theodora
Waft her angels, through the skies from Jephtha

Described as the “Jupiter of music, whose hallelujahs open the heavens” Handel has been the most influential figure in British musical life for almost 300 years. From stage to screen, from concert hall to cathedral, his music speaks powerfully and directly to all.

Accompanied by professional orchestra The Lochrian Ensemble, the 100-strong choir will perform some of Handel’s most dramatic and sparkling choruses and the two soloists, both Handelian specialists, will sing some of his most sensuous and lyrical arias and duets from opera and oratorio.

Come and hear some of Handel’s best-loved choral pieces but also discover many lesser-known gems.

Ruby Hughes

Ruby Hughes studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich. She won the 2009 London Handel Singing Competition and is a former BBC New Generation Artist. She has sung at the London Handel Festival, Buxton Festival and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. She has appeared at the BBC Proms, most recently in 2014 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has broadcast and recorded extensively covering a wide rage of repertoire including works by Bach, Barber, Berg, Britten, Crumb, Handel, Haydn, Mahler, Maxwell Davies, Macmillan, Schubert and Schumann.

Paul Agnew

Paul Agnew is an outstanding interpreter of the baroque and pre-classical repertoire. His long association with the world’s leading conductors in the field of early music includes a discography of over one hundred recordings. Born in Glasgow, he was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford before embarking on a career that has taken him throughout the world. Closely associated with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew has performed the roles of Jason in Charpentier’s Médée and of Hippolyte in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, as well as appearing on the recordings of Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers and Les plaisirs de Versailles, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and Rameau’s Grands Motets(Gramophone’s Best Early Music Vocal award in 1995).