Featuring Bristol Choral Society, Gloucester Choral Society, Choristers of Bristol Cathedral and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Adrian Partington Soprano Alwyn Mellor Tenor James Gilchrist Baritone Stephan Loges
“The poetry is in the pity… all a poet can do is warn”. So wrote Wilfred Owen whose poems are ingeniously stitched into the Latin texts of the Requiem in Britten’s own ‘warning’ – composed to mark the re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral following its destruction by air raid in World War 2. Scored for massive forces including two orchestras, large choir and a boys’ choir, Britten’s impassioned plea for peace and reconciliation stunned its first audience into silence before heartfelt applause at its 1962 premiere. With a trio of distinguished soloists, and fresh from masterminding summer’s Three Choirs Festival, Adrian Partington leads an epic and fitting finale to our Britten 100 weekend.
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Welcome to Bristol Beacon
On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.
Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.