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Bristol Choral Society Concert - Life, Love, and Hope

The final concert in Bristol Choral Society's season includes music by Lauridsen and Tippett

To end their season, Bristol Choral Society will 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

In the Beginning  Copland
Les Chansons des Roses  Lauridsen
Spirituals  Allain
Five Negro Spirituals  Tippett

Steven Kings Piano
Harriet Burns Soprano
Helen Stanley Alto

Ticket prices £11 to £28, under 25s £5 incl. booking fee. Seniors 10% discount:
Online at the  Colston Hall website
Colston Hall box office: 0117 203 4040

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