High Sheriff’s Concert 2014

Tickets for this year’s High Sheriff’s Concert, to be held at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday, 7th June, are now on sale. The varied programme celebrates the work of British composers who were active in the period before the start of the First World War, performed by some of Bristol’s leading musicians of all ages.

The High Sheriff’s Concert is an annual fundraising event and a highlight of the City’s Civic Calendar, celebrating the work and interests of the High Sheriff at the time. This year’s concert will include work by Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Butterworth and Parry performed by the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra, the City of Bristol Choir and Bristol Schools Chamber Choir.

I want to celebrate a wonderful period of British music that preceded the Great War. The earliest piece in the programme, Parry's "Bles't Pair of Sirens", was commissioned for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.  The Wasps Overture was written by Parry's pupil Vaughan Williams in 1909 and The Shropshire Lad Rhapsody by Vaughan Williams' great friend George Butterworth in 1913. The second half of the concert is devoted to Elgar's most popular work, from 1898/9, The Enigma Variations. Butterworth was to die on the Somme in 1916. Vaughan Williams and Elgar were greatly affected by the war and it changed their later work. But all the music I've chosen pre-dates 1914. We now think of that period as an age of innocence, perhaps because of what followed, but it was also the beginning of the modern age, a time of rapid change and the high point of British power and confidence. - Michael Bothamley, High Sheriff 2014

The surplus raised by the concert will be divided between the High Sheriff’s Fund and Bristol Cathedral Trust.  The High Sheriff’s Fund supports Bristol Youth and Community Action (BYCA), which provides holiday activities for young people from less-advantaged backgrounds in Bristol.  Bristol Cathedral Trust is the charitable arm of Bristol Cathedral and seeks funds on behalf of Bristol Cathedral to maintain the Cathedral Fabric and to strengthen its vital work and historic role in the city and Diocese.

Tickets for the Concert are priced at £35 for seats in the Nave or £15 for seats in the aisle. Please call 0117 946 8184 or email to enquire. Cheques made payable to Bristol Cathedral Trust (High Sheriff) can be sent to Michael Bothamley, High Sheriff of Bristol, c/o Bristol Cathedral Trust, Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ. £10 aisle tickets are also available at Bristol Cathedral Café. Payment can be taken in cash or cheque.

Posted on 2nd May 2014