We are so pleased to welcome you to the second concert of our 30th Anniversary season, and especially proud to be sharing the stage with Bristol Youth Choir and UWE Singers. Tonight we bring you a diverse and reflective programme including powerful new music which weaves old and new words into songs that fizz with energy and texture, commissioned by CIty of Bristol Choir and inspired by the purpose and themes of COP26. We hope you enjoy it, and the fascinating presentations from our speakers. Thank you for being here with us as we (and you!) raise a voice to celebrate our wonderful world.

Liz Cunningham
Chair, City of Bristol Choir

Presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff
City of Bristol Choir, Bristol Youth Choir, UWE Singers
Conductors David Ogden, Elinor Cooper, Martin Le Poidevin
Pianists Sandie Middleton and Kate Woodman
Tenor Oliver Chubb
Cello Juliet McCarthy
Saxophone James Gardiner Bateman


I am the Song Richard Barnard

Talk Ella Morgan, BBC Natural History Unit

The Hills John Ireland

Talk Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Environmental Science, University of the West of England

Talk Catherine Gardom, Sixth Form pupil, Redmaids’ High School

I am the earth Glyn Leyman    

Talk Dr Elizabeth Bagshaw, Glaciologist and Senior Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University

Hurt not the trees Richard Barnard

Talk Ben Brown, Founding Director and Senior Presenter, Explorer Dome CO2 – Friend or foe?

Blowin’ in the wind Bob Dylan

Raise a Voice: A Rebellious Songbook For Our Times Toby Young and Jennifer Thorp

  • The Bee Song
  • Factory in the sky
  • Underfoot
  • Walrus
  • Cacao

Talk Savita Wilmott, CEO, The Bristol Natural History Consortium 

Sure on this shining night Morten Lauridsen

Talk Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency

Making or breaking Kim André Arnesen

What a Wonderful World Bob Thiele and George David Weiss

Raise a Voice Toby Young and Jennifer Thorp


City of Bristol Choir
I am the Song Richard Barnard

I am the song that sings the bird.
I am the leaf that grows the land.
I am the tide that moves the moon.
I am the stream that halts the sand.
I am the cloud that drives the storm.
I am the earth that lights the sun.
I am the fire that strikes the stone.
I am the clay that shapes the hand.
I am the word that speaks the man.

Charles Causley (1917 –2003)

Talk: Ella Morgan, BBC Natural History Unit

Bristol Youth Choir – Chamber Choir
The Hills John Ireland

How calm, how constant are the hills!
How green and white and golden in the summer light!
Their lakes, their leaping wells are bright with flower, leaf and rain,
And their profound rivers run
From rocks that are the altars of the sun.

How calm, how constant are the hills!
Our time’s dark gale of ice and fire

Thunders around them but removes them never
No tempest overthrows their strong humility.
They are both God and temple
And their stones are holy,
The earth’s enduring thrones.
How calm, how constant are the hills

James Kirkup (1918 –2009)

Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Environmental Science, University of the West of England

Catherine Gardom – Sixth Form pupil at Redmaids’ High School

Bristol Youth Choir – Juniors and Intermediates
I am the earth Glyn Leyman

I am the river flowing
I am the desert dry
I am the four winds blowing
I am the sunset sky
I am the forest breathing
I am the ocean wide
I am the storm clouds gathering
I am the mountain high
I am the Earth

We are the children growing
You are the place we live
We are the seed you’re sowing
We are the life you give
We are the future rising
We will be your voice
We will watch and learn from you
We will make the choice
I am the Earth
(You’re in our hands)
I am the Earth
(We’re in your care)
I am the Earth
(Together we stand)
I am the Earth
(This moment in time we share)
We share the future
Stand side by side
One Earth, one people
We’ll turn the tide
And in the future
They’ll say with pride
One Earth, one people
We turned the tide
Side by side

Glyn Lehmann (b.1959)

Talk: Dr Elizabeth Bagshaw, Glaciologist and Senior Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University.

City of Bristol Choir
Hurt not the trees Richard Barnard

I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four
winds of the earth… and I saw another angel ascending from the east… and
he cried with a loud voice to the four angels… Hurt not the earth, neither the
sea, nor the trees — (

They are cutting down the great planetrees at the end of the gardens.
… And my heart has been struck with the hearts of the planes;
Half my life it has beat with these, in the sun, in the rains,
In the March wind, the May breeze,
In the great gales that came over to them across the roofs from the great seas.
There was only a quiet rain when they were dying;
They must have heard the sparrows flying,
And the small creeping creatures in the earth where they were lying —
But I, all day, I heard an angel crying:
‘Hurt not the trees.’

Texts from Revelation Ch. 7 (King James Version) and Charlotte Mew’s
The Trees are Down from The Rambling Sailor (pub. 1929)

Talk: Ben Brown, Founding Director and Senior Presenter, Explorer Dome
CO2 – Friend or foe?

Bristol Youth Choir – Senior Boys
Blowin’ in the wind Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Yes, and how many years must a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea?
And how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
And how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’til he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Bob Dylan (b.1941)

All Choirs
Raise a Voice – A rebellious Songbook for our times
Toby Young and Jennifer Thorp

  • The Bee Song Bristol Youth Choir Juniors and Intermediates
  • Factory in the sky Bristol Youth Choir Senior girls
  • Underfoot Adult Choirs
  • Walrus Bristol Youth Choir Juniors & Intermediates
  • Cacao Bristol Youth Choir Senior girls & Intermediates
Bee Song

Buzz over the fields, gardens, forests
Fly along the rivers, lakes and streams
Looking for a little pot of pollen
Looking for a little taste of dream

Find a favourite flower waving slowly
Land upon its petals, walk inside
Look until you find its pot of pollen
Fill your little baskets with its shine

Time to wander home now on a sunbeam
Back into the hive all safe and warm
Honeycomb of golden light protects you
Join in with the dancing buzzing swarm

Factory In The Sky

Through the drifting morning
Comes the city of cloud
Bears its darkness, bears its witness
Bears the weight of tides

See its floating wheels
Gathering in the light
Enginehouse of the cosmos
Factory in the sky

Glaciers of vapour
Echo deep in our land
Draw in silvering rivers
Tithings of the stream

See its floating wheels
Gathering in the light
Enginehouse of the cosmos
Factory in the sky

Reach high and feel the dewfall
Carrying the mighty worldsea
Endless on its arc

Here is the cloud continent
Hauled aloft on wind
Cumulus abundance moves the
Lands all out of time

Where there was a bounty
Now the mud is hard
Whisper wind is rising
Earth’s a folded heart

Salt pans lying arid
Deserts bare as teeth
Wait for season’s benison
Flooding through the year

Day by day horizons
Mock the hopes of dust
Where there was a greening torrent
Now the drought goes deep

Reach and feel the dewfall
Mists a mile high
Carrying the mighty world sea
Endless on its arc

Underfoot the waterways
(Lime silt, gold dust)
Ring the city, wrap its bones
(White clay, crimson rust)

Roman river nymph adrift
(Cool moss, slick dark)
Through the pipes her singing slides
(Seacry, all alone)

The waterways that ring the city
they wrap their bones all around us
binding us together

Riverlets that hold and tarry
(Green vein, flick of fat)
At the flood they rush and knot
(Full wave, knock at the door)

In the gaps a mouth seethes
(Finger fish, muscling eels)
Oxygen and dreaming weeds
(Tongue tooth, silent shell)

Fourteen fathom centuries
(Sweet skull, blind ash)
Lies the water down and down
(Silver heart, button pearl)

Time will work its way through stone
(Caverns deep, last light)
Fades into the ocean’s arms
(All that’s named comes to sand)


On the rock
Of a distant coast
Comes a rumble
Comes a roar

Walrus lost
And drifting far
Wonders where
His family are

In his distantI home
The glaciers crack
As the ancient water
Spills and falls

Rich of fur
And thick of tooth
Hauls himself
To rocky rise

King of floes
High prince of ice
Wandered far
From Arctic skies

On the tide
A ripple runs
Of vanished cold

So he hunts
The cool and dark
In the evening
Hear his calls

All adrift
On silent sea
Walrus lost
For a thousand days

Dreams of ice
Above his head
But wakes to find
The empty waves


Find my seed
Its golden boat
On the bough
My fruit afloat

Find me falling
From my tree
Breaking all
My innards free

Find me opened
White and bare
Little eyes
Revealed to air

Find me picked
And set to sail
In my thousands
Packed in veils

Find me cracked
Splitting hide
Showing all
What lies inside

Find me melting
To a whole
Heart of butter
Sweetest coal

Find me passing
Trailing taste
From hand to hand

Find me perfect
Silver foiled
Hard as magic
Dark as soil

Still with all
My roots inside me
Half a world
From my tree

Talk: Savita Wilmott, CEO, The Bristol Natural History Consortium

City of Bristol Choir
Sure on this shining night Morten Lauridsen

Sure on this shining night
Of starmade shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.
The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, all is health.
High summer holds the earth.
Hearts all whole.
Sure on this shining night
I weep for wonder
Wandering far alone
Of shadows on the stars.

James Agee (1909 –1955)

Talk: Emma Howard Boyd, Chair Environment Agency (read by Liz Parkes)

City of Bristol Choir
Making or breaking Kim André Arnesen

We inherit the world,
the whole of history,
our place on earth,
our place in time,
our fortune, good or bad,
pure chance.

in one picture,
we see our entire planet:
one world,
one race,
one future,
bound together
for the first time.

for the breaking
or making.

David Roberts

What a Wonderful World Bob Thiele and George David Weiss

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed days, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
The colours of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying, “I love you”
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more
Than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself
What a wonderful world

All choirs
Raise a Voice Toby Young and Jennifer Thorp

Sun will gather on the desert,
on the many places lost,
wind and sand will fill the spaces where we walked in summer grass.

We can live in deaf acceptance, and we can dance like nothing’s wrong.
What price our shallow slumber?
What will live when all is gone?

Raise a voice and let it carry, broken hearted forests deep.
Burning heavens full of anger, glaciers waking from their sleep.
It is now, or it is never,
mem’ries passing into night,
hear our cry to the horizon:
we will sing and we will fight.

Shadow will engulf the seas. oh let it carry, broken hearted forests deep.
Burning heavens full of anger, glaciers waking from their sleep.
It is now, or it is never, mem’ries passing into night,
hear our cry to the horizon
We will sing and we will fight. and we will fight, and we will fight!

Jennifer Thorp

Introduction – Professor James Longhurst
Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE, Bristol

Professor Jim Longhurst

Rhetoric and Reality of Climate Action and Inaction
‘We need action now. We need a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030. We need to focus on short term actions not just long term targets.’

Sir Bob Watson, Chair of IPCC, 1997-2002, quoted in The Guardian 20/02/21

The Glasgow Summit is ‘our last chance to make the necessary change’ to protect the planet.

Sir David Attenborough quoted in The Observer on 31/10/21

This note was written at the start of the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and as we meet in Clifton Cathedral for the Wonderful World Concert for Climate Change on the day COP26 concludes we can look back and hope that world leaders have committed to action that will restrain climate heating to just 1.5 degrees centigrade.

As COP commenced the concentration of carbon dioxide, CO2 , in the atmosphere approached 414 parts per million, some 149% of the pre-industrial level and the global average temperature had warmed to 1.1 degrees centigrade above the pre-industrial value. Despite our increasing knowledge and ever more urgent warnings about the damage caused by climate warming gases the nations of the world have released more CO2 in the last 30 years than in all of the decades from the start of the industrial revolution until 1990.

Without further and rapid action the world faces a rise in temperature of between 2.7 and 3 degrees centigrade, or even higher, by the end of the century. In 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report called for action by 2030 to contain global heating to only 1.5 degrees centigrade. At that time we had 12 years to meet that goal, now we have just 8!

Under the Paris Agreement of 2015, countries committed to develop national plans setting out how much they would reduce their emissions to restrain warming to less than 2 and ideally 1.5 degrees centigrade. These plans are known as Nationally Determined Contributions, or ‘NDCs’. COP26 is the first opportunity where nations present their updated plans for reducing emissions and review progress on reaching net zero by 2050. In addition, nations are also required to produce a reduction targets for 2030. To keep warming to just 1.5 degrees centigrade means phasing out fossil fuel use as quickly as possible, accelerating the switch to renewables, protecting forests and other natural carbon sinks and incentivising a rapid switch to electric vehicles.
To have any hope of restraining the rise in temperature requires a very rapid and sustained reduction in global emissions. Some 80% of global emissions come from the G20 group of nations and the same group are responsible for a very large share of the historic emissions. The developed countries at COP needs to agree the mechanisms that will mobilise the promised $100bn in climate finance per year for low and middle income countries and to incentivise the private sector to mobilise further resources. These financial resources will be desperately needed by countries affected by climate change who will need to build defences, restore and protect ecosystems, protect agricultural land and install warning systems to protect lives and homes.

To prevent warming beyond 1.5 degrees centigrade the UN reports that we need to reduce emissions by at least 7.6% every year from this year to 2030. Deep reductions in methane emissions also will be necessary to help limit global warming. Has COP delivered on these requirements? Will the agreements reached be enforced?
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) reports that in the decade ending in 2019 the world had experienced a period of exceptional global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases produced by human activities, noting that the average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and ten-year (2010-2019) periods are the highest on record.

We are already seeing the impacts of a 1.1 degree temperature increase. Extreme weather events such as heatwaves, droughts, flooding, winter storms, hurricanes and wildfires have increased in frequency and magnitude. These events will become more frequent even if global warming is restrained to 1.5 or 2 degrees centigrade. It will be much, much worse if average temperatures increased beyond these values. Thus it is critically important that the nations of the world begin a sustained programme of adaptation to prepare for living in a much warmer climate. To do this will require the mobilisation of vast amounts of capital.

My hope for COP is that the NDCs provide a global pathway to net zero by 2050, strong commitments for emission reduction by 2030, all underpinned by hard commitments to distribute the necessary financial resources. If the ambition to mobilise finance is realised then Low and Middle Income countries can be supported in their transition to a decarbonised and climate adapted future. The challenge we face is not impossible but it gets harder every year as the required emission reductions increases each year we delay and the impact of delay results in more and more potentially devastating extreme weather events. If only we had acted on the science much earlier! Humanity and the natural world will pay a heavy price for the actions of lobbyists and climate change deniers who have delayed implementation of effective and sustained action.

Professor Jim Longhurst
University of the West of England
1st November 2021


WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin (GHG Bulletin) – No.17: The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations through 2020. World Meteorological Organisation. https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=21975#.YXaUuI5KjIV

The Heat is On. Emissions Gap Summary 2021. https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/37001/EGR21_HOEN.pdf

UK COP26 website https://ukcop26.org/

UN Emissions Gap Report 2021 https://www.unep.org/resources/emissions-gap-report-2021


City of Bristol Choir

City of Bristol Choir was founded in 1991, and appointed David Ogden as Music Director in 2000. Under his direction the choir enjoys a busy schedule of concerts and events. The choir is made up of 90 auditioned adult singers who rehearse regularly throughout the year, giving four or five concerts each year. Recent seasons have included performances of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, Britten’s War Requiem, Jonathan Dove’s Sappho Sings, There Was A Child and For An Unknown Soldier, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, and Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi.

City of Bristol Choir has appeared on BBC television’s Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2’s Sunday Half Hour. The choir has toured Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium. City of Bristol Choir’s debut CD, Realms of Glory, was released in 2013, a brilliant collection of choral classics and contemporary works. For details of the choir’s forthcoming performances please visit www.cityofbristolchoir.org.uk.

Bristol Youth Choir

Bristol Youth Choir is made up of a hundred and twenty singers aged from 8 to 18 years from across Bristol. Divided into Starters, Junior and Senior groups, the choirs are run by Bristol Plays Music, an award-winning hub for music education. 

The choir give up to five concerts a year and have appeared on BBC Breakfast, The One Show, BBC One’s Songs of Praise, and in 2015 and 2016 broadcast on Radio 3 and BBC Bristol as part of BBC Music Day 2015.  They are the choirs in residence at Bristol Beacon, and regularly take part in the Bristol International Jazz Festival and in concerts and recordings with City of Bristol Choir and Bristol Choral Society. 

In 2014 the junior choir sang for the BBC Food and Farming Awards on BBC Radio 4 and live on the Clare Balding Show on BBC Radio 2. They have given concerts for Open Doors Day, The Rotary Club, Southmead Hospital and performed with young singers from South Africa as part of Project Zulu. 

The 60 strong senior choirs have both a girls and boys section singing a wide repertoire from part-songs and anthems to large-scale classical works. They take part in up to seven concerts a year as well as community and educational projects including concerts with the Open Orchestras. In 2016 they sang with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a performance of The Little Mass by James MacMillan in Poole and in Bristol, and have sung in the Ten Pieces Prom with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the BBC Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Bristol Youth Choir singers come from diverse communities and attend over 40 schools across four counties. Singers are experienced in performing to a high standard and communicating to live audiences. Their ‘Singing Ambassadors’ scheme, subject of a 2020 article in The Guardian, involves choir members learning the skills to teach songs to their peers and to adults. This technique will be employed to disseminate Toby Young’s Songbook around the schools which they attend and spread the ideas further. Building on strong ties between City of Bristol Choir and Bristol Youth Choir, the project unites accomplished performers to encourage dialogue about the climate emergency through excellent music making.

More information about our work and musical opportunities can be found on our website www.bristolplaysmusic.org

UWE Singers

UWE Singers is a thriving choir of students, staff, alumni and community members. Under the leadership of internationally renowned conductor Ben England and accompanist Alison Howell, the choir sings a rich programme of classical and contemporary music, with workshops, masterclasses and performances throughout the year.


Miranda Krestovnikoff

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A biologist and trained diver, Miranda Krestovnikoff is a resident wildlife expert on BBC One’s The One Show, having presented natural history stories, ranging from robotic ants to rare dolphins, from all around the country for the last six years. She is a regular on BBC One’s Inside Out and one of the original members of the Coast team exploring Great Britain’s shoreline from top to toe, revealing fascinating tales of marine life.

As well as natural history Miranda also specialises in history and archaeological programmes including the Channel 4 series Wreck Detectives, BBC Two series Hidden Treasure and the UKTV History production Time Trail.

Other recent credits include BBC Two’s Big British Wildlife Revival and guest appearances on Pointless CelebritiesReady Steady Cook and Celebrity Masterchef. As a lover of classical music and accomplished musician herself, Miranda was chosen to co-present the BBC Proms in 2010.

Miranda is also busy on radio with contributions to BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth, Living World and Tweet of the Day. She regularly writes articles on tourism and leisure for national newspapers and magazines and is the author of three books, Miranda Krestovnikoff’s Best British Beaches, Scuba Diving and her most recent book published in April 2019 The Sea.

Her enthusiastic style and extensive knowledge of archaeology, history, wildlife, diving, conservation and environmental issues make Miranda a popular choice as host and guest speaker for many organisations including the National Geographical Society, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and the UK and Scottish Dive shows.  She enjoys motivating young people to share her love for nature and the environment, visiting schools, universities and clubs. One of her highlights include hosting the London launch of Love your National Parks.

Miranda is currently President of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Patron of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Patron of Alderney Wildlife Trust, Founding Friend of the Canal & River Trust and has recently become an ambassador for Wildstream TV and PADI. Miranda is also heavily involved with other charities including The National Trust, The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, The Marine Conservation Society and Sustrans.


David Ogden

David Ogden

David Ogden is a professional conductor and composer. He conducts City of Bristol Choir, Exultate Singers, Bristol Youth Choir, and choirs at Airbus, Arval and Sawday Publishing. He is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym.

For over 30 years he has worked with numerous professional and amateur groups of all shapes and sizes in many fields of music making, including church music, concerts, musical theatre and opera, community projects and educational workshops. He has conducted over 100 large-scale choral works including first performances of pieces by Roxanna Panufnik, James MacMillan, Francis Grier, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Toby Young, James Whitbourn, Naji Hakim and David Bednall. He has made 15 CD recordings and directed choirs in numerous cathedrals, churches and concert halls around Europe and in the USA, Philippines, and South Korea. 

David has conducted choirs on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the World Service, and worked as conductor and arranger for over 20 years on BBC TV’s Songs of Praise. He is Religious Music Adviser for the BBC’s hit series Call The Midwife, and worked with the Royal Mail Choir in the BBC Two series The Choir: Sing While You Work. His compositions are published by the RSCM and White Light Publishing, and are performed in schools and churches worldwide. 

In October 2015 David was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music in recognition of his service and contribution to choral music and the RSCM over many years.


Oliver Chubb

Oliver Chubb began his musical life at the age of six when he picked up the trumpet with the intention of “making people’s ears explode” – audiences will be pleased to know he has long since abandoned this desire. Oliver studied Music at the University of Bristol, graduating in 2017, and has since been working as a freelance tenor, trumpet player and teacher. Internationally, Oliver has worked under the batons of some of the world’s finest conductors, most recently in Berlin under Robin Ticciati while singing with the Rundfunkchor Berlin (Berlioz La Damnation de Faust). As a soloist, he has performed in Prague and Barcelona as well for many ensembles and choral societies in the UK.   

Opera credits include The Magic FluteMacbethLa Traviata (Opera in a Box), Nabucco and Lucia di Lammermoor (Dorset Opera) and La Bohème (Oxford Opera). He is delighted to be singing the role of Nemorino in Bristol Opera’s upcoming production of L’Elisir D’Amore.

Oliver has held choral scholarships at Bristol and Wells Cathedrals, and is currently a Lay Clerk at Bath Abbey. Alongside an active singing career, Oliver is also in demand as a session and solo trumpet player, and has played on national and regional radio broadcasts.  In his free time, Oliver enjoys running and losing at chess. 

James Gardiner-Bateman 

James Gardiner-Bateman studied at Wells Cathedral School, Chetham’s School of Music and then the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed with Joss Stone, Boy George/Culture Club and Paloma Faith.

He performs regularly with the BBC Big Band, Guy Barker Orchestra, Laurence Cottle Big Band, and is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s with acts such as Georgie Fame, PBUG, Tim Thornton Quartet and the Ronnie Scott’s house band. 

He has recorded extensively with Gregory Porter, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sandé, Jordan Rakei, Keith Tippett, Floating Points, Roni Size, Kelis and many more.

During lockdown, when all James’ music work was on hold, he opened a beautiful Delicatessen in Chew Magna with his Sister Rhiannon called Jar’s (James and Rhia’s) – in memory of their late Father, Eddie, who sadly passed away in October 2020.

Juliet McCarthy

Originally from Bristol, Juliet studied at Guildhall with American cellist Leonard Stein and upon graduating spent the first 15 years of her career working as a pit musician working in London’s West End and on tour in the UK. Her favourite show to play is West Side Story which she was lucky enough to spend two years working on.

Since returning to Bristol in 2000 she has enjoyed a very varied career spanning most musical genres. She has been principal ‘cello with the Bristol Ensemble, The National Symphony Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, The British Sinfonietta, The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, The Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, Swansea City Opera, Cardiff City Voices and many others. Since 1996 she has regularly played with the piano trio in the Pump Room in Bath and also still  plays in musical theatre productions including the last major tour of Phantom of the Opera. She has also played for The Bristol Jazz Festival and with 90s band McAlmont and Butler.

As a recording musician Juliet has played on numerous scores for film and television including The Third Day, a recent production for Sky/HBO starring Jude Law and Naomi Harris. She has played on sessions at (among many others) Abbey Road, Real World and Rockfield, famous for being where Bohemian Rhapsody was recorded.

Juliet also teaches at three independent schools in Bristol including Clifton College where she went as maternity cover for a term in 2002 and hasn’t left yet! Once a year she is asked to spend a day at Oxford Cello School giving masterclasses to the adult performers.


Clifton Cathedral staff: Fr Bosco McDonald, Mary Manners, Richard Jeffrey-Gray, Lesley Lee

City of Bristol Choir committee members Elizabeth Cunningham, Tim Jackson, Ian Blenkinsop, Rose Lancaster, Helen Burke, Kate Wells, Alice Howse, and Jacky Humphreys; stage managers Paul Anning and Peter Lunt; librarian Jane Johnson; rehearsal pianist Richard Johnson

Bristol Beacon (Bristol Youth Choir) Katie Axelsen, Jenna Brown, Elinor Cooper, Chris Green, Lucy Hughes, Martin Le Poidevin, Mircea Mutulescu, Laurie Stewart,
Laura Wilson, Sandie Middleton

University of the West of England Professor James Longhurst, Steven Legge, Ben England

Clifton Cathedral staff: Fr Bosco McDonald, Mary Manners, Richard Jeffrey-Gray, Lesley Lee

University of Bristol Dr Alix Dietzel

Design Judith Ogden

Sound Hoxa Sound

Film Lee Matthews, Iconic Image

City of Bristol Choir is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations, and this concert is staged with financial assistance from the Fidelio Trust and The Paragon Music Trust, a registered music charity which administers funds left by the late Leo Reid Baker.