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Bristol Ensemble: Mozart by Candlelight

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A cathedral illuminated by candlelight.

Mozart’s infamous Requiem in D minor is a masterpiece shrouded in mystery, making it all the more fascinating, compelling and emotionally stirring. The story of the creation of the work involves a shady commission and a blanket of deceit.

It all began in July 1791, when a stranger turned up at Mozart’s door with a commission to write a requiem. Mozart accepted and obsessively threw himself into the piece and worked on almost nothing else for several months. However, by this time, his health was deteriorating and he was unable to finish what he started. Mozart wasn’t sound of mind when he received the commission and believed he’d been cursed to write the piece as a swansong because he knew he would shortly die. Was he writing his own Requiem?

Experience this extraordinary work in the majestic setting of a candlelit Bristol Cathedral, with over 400 candles recreating the original performance in Vienna 230 years ago on January 2, 1793.

To complete this all Mozart programme, rising star Bethany Crouch joins the Bristol Ensemble in a performance of the much loved Clarinet Concerto.

Presented by Bristol Ensemble and Fitzhardinge Consort

Start: 19.30
Finish: 21.30

Reserved seated event

All timings are approximate and subject to change

The venue

Bristol Cathedral

Getting to the venue

Location: Bristol Cathedral is located opposite College Green, 300m from city centre bus stops and 483m from Millennium Square car park.

Address: College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ



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 Car parking

Public car parking is available at Millennium Square (483m) and also on St George’s Road (322m), behind the council buildings.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

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The nearest bus stops are on Anchor Road (100m) and College Green (322m), with frequent services to and from the city centre. The nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads (1931m).

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There is wheelchair access to the nave through the main porch doors and the cloister entrance.


Accessible toilet facilities are available in this venue.

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