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Bristol Choral Society and Hannoverscher Oratorienchor

Howells' Hymnus Paradisi

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A group of people in matching black outfits pose together in a church, complete with golden arches and checkered flooring.

A summer treat focusing on love, music and nature: Vaughan-Williams, Finzi and Howells are the trio of well loved British composers who feature in this concert by Bristol Choral Society and Hannoverscher Oratorienchor.

The Bristol-Hannover Twinning was one of the first to be established after the Second World War, and tonight we celebrate its 77th anniversary. Music brings us together once more, with Vaughan-Williams’ Serenade to Music, first performed in 1938 to honour Sir Henry Wood on the occasion of his jubilee.

Composed in the same year, Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi was inspired by the death of his own son. Deeply felt and uplifting, this piece as been an inspiration to composers since its first performance at the Three Choirs Festival in 1950. Finally, wonder and awe are also central to Gerald Finzi’s Dies Natalis, in which you can enjoy the beautiful voice of tenor Nick Pritchard.

All three of these composers are part of a  British tradition of collaboration and support, and we are proud to be singing them along with friends from Hannover tonight. Come and be inspired!

Presented by Bristol Choral Society

U25s: £5.00 incl. booking fee

Bristol Choral Society with Hannover Oratorienchor
Hilary Campbell Conductor
Bristol Ensemble Orchestra
Nina Bennet Soprano
Nick Pritchard Tenor



Ralph Vaughan-Williams Serenade to Music
Herbert Howells Hymnus Paradisi
Gerald Finzi Dies Natalis


Format: Reserved seating

Age: For all ages (Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

Doors: 18:45
Start: 19:30
Interval: 20:20

All timings are approximate and subject to change

About Beacon Hall

Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon

The venue

Beacon Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

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Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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