Sun, Moon and Stars

UWE Singers, Lydbrook Band and members of the South-West Open Youth Orchestra.

Boëllmann Suite Gothique Op. 25
Dvorak Rusalka’s Song to the Moon
Liz Lane Silver Rose
John Rutter Gloria
Saint-Saëns Movement 2  from Symphony No. 3 in C minor Op. 78 (Organ)
Wagner Procession to the Minster (from ‘Lohengrin’)

The conductor will be Ian Holmes, with narrator Barry Farrimond and organist Alison Howell.

The UWE Singers join forces with a brass band for the first time in this sparkling concert of choral, brass and organ music within the beautiful surroundings of Bristol Cathedral. Lydbrook Band, one of the South-West’s premier brass bands, will accompany the UWE Singers in a programme of music conducted by Ian Holmes, including John Rutter’s acclaimed Gloria for choir, brass ensemble, timpani, percussion and organ.

Choir and brass can also be heard together in the third performance of Liz Lane Silver Rose for brass band and narrator, commissioned by Bristol 2014. First performed in November 2014 with actor Robert Hardy CBE, this new version will see the addition of voices and also feature members of the South-West Open Youth Orchestra, the UK’s first disabled-led orchestra for young musicians. The work will be narrated by actor Barry Farrimond, Managing Director of OpenUp Music, also known as Ed Grundy from BBC Radio 4 The Archers.

Lydbrook Band, whose association with Bristol includes performances at Colston Hall and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, will also play the final movement of Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 in C minor Op. 78 (‘Organ’) in a glorious arrangement by Philip Wilby, the theme to which featured in the 1995 Disney film Babe. Other brass band arrangements include the magnificent Wagner Procession to the Minster (from his opera ‘Lohengrin’), Boëllmann Suite Gothique with its rousing finale featuring the lower brass, and the sweet melody of Dvorak Rusalka’s Song to the Moon.

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