To end our season we present a beautiful programme of music combining evocative, thought-provoking words on life, love and hope alongside some of the most gorgeous choral arrangements you could hope to hear.
Copland’s choral masterpiece, In the Beginning, sets verses from the Book of Genesis within a challenging yet engrossing a cappella work, packed with subtle musical devices depicting the Creation.
Lauridsen’s Les Chansons de Roses (Songs of Roses), is a radiant setting of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, with the composer particularly touched by this poet’s poignant expression of ‘the state of giving love and not receiving it back’.
We finish with two quite different, wonderful arrangements of spirituals by Allain and Tippett, some of whose haunting melodies and rhythms will be familiar to many of you. As you may know, Tippett used negro spirituals in his great oratorio “A child of our time” which he composed between 1939 and 1941 as outlet for his pacifism. The spirituals represented, to him, the emotions of the oppressed anywhere, ranging from desolation to hope.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope” – Martin Luther King
Bristol Choral Society
Hilary Campbell Conductor
Copland In the Beginning
Lauridsen Les Chansons des Roses
Tippett Five Negro Spirituals
Steven Kings Pianist
Harriet Burns Soprano
Helen Stanley Alto
Under 25’s £5.00 including booking fee
Senior ticket 10% discount
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.