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A New Dramatic Cantata

Music by Mark Lawrence
Words by Claire Williamson
Conductor: Ian Holmes

When Constance praises Edward’s success at the May Day football match in 1914, love blossoms. Little do they know what lies in store – for themselves and for the world.

This dramatic new piece featuring adult and boys’ choirs alongside professional soloists with a large orchestra, has been specially commissioned by Bristol Plays Music to mark the first months of the First World War, exactly a century ago.

Bristol’s fabulous Gurt Lush Choir joins forces with the Bristol Schools’ Philharmonia, UWE Singers and Orchestra members, in a semi-staged performance which is sure to be extremely moving.

Also performing are students from schools across Bristol including St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Merchant’s Academy, Redland Green and Cotham School.

Featuring at this concert is ‘The Planets Suite’ which Gustav Holst began writing in 1914, the year of the outbreak if the First World War.  From its first movement, ‘Mars, the bringer of War’ to its other-worldly finale, ‘Neptune, the mystic’, which dissolves away into infinity with a wordless chorus. Holst’s ground-breaking work for large orchestras is a landmark of twentieth century orchestral music and forms a fitting accompaniment to this centenary concert.

Join us for this seasonal celebration and sing along to famous wartime songs such as ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’, ‘There’s a Long Long Trail A-Winding’, as well as ‘Silent Night’


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