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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...

Niall Hoskin's recital this week includes the wonderful Liederkreis song cycle by Schumann. Here's the first number sung by a young Bryn Terfel.

As you may know, Bristol Song Recital Series survives on donations, as well as some sponsorship from some great sponsors! If you wish to donate, please use the button below. We'll give you a big shout out if you want!

 

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17 June 2018 Pocket Opera

Pocket Opera - in the form of Martin Le Poidevin, Helen Roberts and Kathy Gibbs - return to Arnos Grove with a programme of songs for the Mystical and Magical Midsummer. And, of course, a Pocket Opera based on the arias, duets and trios of Mozart. All in the magnificent surroundings of Arnos Grove Anglican Chapel. 

Arnos Vale Anglican Chapel, 2.30pm
29 June 2018 My Heart's Sweet Desire

Italian and English music for soprano and lute with Roberta Diamond (soprano) and Sergio Bucheli (lute). Songs by Dowland, Caccini, Marenzio and more. Part of the Clifton International Festival. Tickets £10 (£5 students)

Redland Parish Church, 7pm
30 June 2018 The Lads in their Hundreds

An exploration of war in music with songs by Butterworth, Schumann, Vaughan Williams and more. With Edmund Danon (baritone) and Douglas Stevens (piano). Tickets £10 (£5 students). 

St Paul's Church, Clifton. 1.15pm
4 July 2018 Lunchtime Recital with Maya Colwell and Charlotte Bateman

Bristol-based singers Charlotte and Maya bring a selection of opera arias and other songs to this lunchtime concert, which opens our July series

1.10pm, Saint Stephen's Church
11 July 2018 Lunchtime Recital with Martin Le Ppidevin

Martin Le Poidevin and Sandie Middleton with a programme including Finzi's Earth and Air and Rain, plus some Faure and Shakespeare songsby Eric Wetherell

1.10pm, Saint Stephen's Church
14 July 2018 We are the Women

Eric Wetherell's song cycle to words by Elizabeth Major, focussing on the mothers and partners left behind in the First World War. Sung by Pamela Rudge and Hannah Coleman, with Christopher Northam accompanying. Plus other songs to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Tickets £10 (£5 concessions). 

Saint Stephen's, 7.30pm
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