Announcing our May 2018 Recitals...

All our concerts are in the magnificent surroundings of St Stephens Church, and start at 1.10pm


9th May

Accompanied by Colin Hunt
A breathtaking programme of Baroque music

16th May

Slade to Sondheim!
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School brings its unique energy to St. Stephen's and will present a selection of material, including musical theatre songs from Slade to Sondheim.

23rd May

Accompanied by Stephen Browne
Leading Bristol baritone Niall makes a welcome return with Schumann's Liederkreis op.39, plus songs by Haydn and Vaughan Williams 

30th May

Accompanied by Sandie Middleton
A programme of songs, arias and the occasional piano piece - all by female composers as part of the Votes for Women celebrations


The Bristol Song Recital Series Lunchtime Concerts in St Stephen's in the heart of the City of Bristol.

Bristol Song Recital Series brings sung music of the highest quality to Bristol and its surrounding areas. 

Our main focus is our lunchtime concerts, which take place in St Stephen's Church during the spring and summer, on alternate months. But on top of that we also run evening events, education experiences and more. 

All the singers who have performed in the Series have Bristol connetions, and have performed a wide range of songs, arias and pieces - from medieval plainsong to new works by local and not-so-local composers.  

We are the Women

We are very happy to announce that the first of our evening concerts this year will be We are the Women, a performance of Bristol composer Eric Wetherell's song cycle to celebrate Women's Suffrage and the end of the First World War. 

The lyrics are by Eric's wife Liz. 

The cycle will be performed by singers Pam Rudge and Hannah Coleman, with Christopher Northam on the piano. The programme will also include a selection of other songs. 

The concert will be on Saturday July 14th, in the evening, and details of tickets will be published soon. 

Hall on the Hill

If you missed it the first time round - either because you didn't get a ticket or because you had a ticket for the performance that was cancelled due to the snow - here's your chance to see it again!

Mark Lawrence's wonderful new opera, based on the history of Saint George's and written to celebrate the opening of its new extension, is being staged again on 21st May. 

The cast includes four choirs, an orchestra and two professional soloists - Martin Le Poidevin and Esther Mallett, who are both well known to Bristol Song Recital Series audiences. 

More details from the Saint George's website. Get your tickets soon - the premiere was so well received that a sell-out is a possibility!

Message from Guy

We've received a message from Guy Withers, who sang for us as part of the September series. You may remember that at the time, Guy was looking for funding for his place at the Royal Academy and used the recital as part of his funding drive. Happily, he has taken up his studies at RAM:

"In September Bertie Baigent and I were very honoured to perform as part of the Bristol Song Recital Series. I would like to thank Martin and Bristol Song Recital Series for the opportunity, and the wonderful audience that joined us on that day. The recital was part of my fundraising endeavors to pay for my master at The Royal Academy of Music, and I must thank the generosity of those attending and Martin for helping me successfully take up my place. I hope to return and perform as part of the series again in 2018."

Guy is currently lined up to be part of our March 2018 series. 


Laura Curry joins March line-up

We are delighted to announce that Laura Curry, who sang for us in last year's March series, will be returning again this March to join the line-up. 

The other singers in the March series include Bryony Soothill, Guy Withers and Rachel Cawte. 

Now that the Recitals Series has begun again we'll be posting occasional YouTube (and other) videos here so that you can get a flavour of what's coming up...

Charlotte Newstead will be performing some Stradella at her recital on 9th May, so here's a Stradella scena to give an idea of what to expect. Giulia Semenzato is the singer

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Recitals coming up...

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9 May 2018 Lunchtime Recital with Charlotte Newstead

Charlotte Newstead with a programme of music from the Baroque period. Arias by Stradella, Alessandro Scarlatti and Vivaldi. Accompanied by Colin Hunt. 

1.10pm, Saint Stephen's Church

16 May 2018 Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School brings its unique energy to Saint Stephen's with a selection of songs and pieces, including musical theatre songs from Slade to Sondheim.

1.10pm, Saint Stephen's Church

23 May 2018 Lunchtime Recital with Niall Hoskin

Bristol's own Niall Hoskin and Stephen Browne return with a lunchtime recital in the magnificent surroundings of Saint Stephen's in the heart of Bristol City Centre.

1.10pm, Saint Stephen's Church

30 May 2018 Lunchtime Recital with Katy Garden

Bristol-based Canadian singer Katy Garden makes her debut in the Song Recital Series with a programme of music by female composers to celebrate 100 Years of Votes for Women. Accompanist to be announced. 

1.10pm, Saint Stephen's Church
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