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Celtic Connections: High Sheriff’s Concert 2018

Join us at 7.30pm on Friday 8 June for the 2018 High Sheriff’s Concert, an annual highlight in the city’s calendar, raising money for Bristol Youth and Community Action (BYCA) and for Bristol Cathedral Trust. This 2018 concert has a Celtic theme, featuring some of the most evocative sounds of Cornwall and Wales, reflecting the family roots and heritage of current High Sheriff, Roger Opie and his wife Mary.

Internationally renowned harpist Catrin Finch is one of the most accomplished harpists of her generation, delighting audiences across the UK and worldwide. She will perform works by Bach, Debussy and Handel, less familiar pieces by Alvars and Piazzolla, and her own Celtic Concerto, a contemporary classic.

Two of Bristol’s most established professional musicians, Roger Huckle and William Goodchild are co-directors of the concert and are this evening’s leader and conductor of Bristol Ensemble. Bristol Ensemble opens with Poldark Suite, which intricately expresses the sweeping and mysterious Cornish landscape. Later, expect moments of originality and quirkish humour in Max Richter’s re-composition of Vivaldi’s Summer Concerto from The Four Seasons. The exquisite Delkiow Sivy, based on the oldest Cornish folk song, is a new commission by Truro based composer, Russell Pascoe. In celebration of Welsh song, Côr y Gleison presents an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary choral music that is uplifting and joyous, nostalgic and poignant. In a change of tone and tempo, the Ilminster Avenue E-Act Primary Academy choir with special guest Steve Knightley will regale us with folk songs and shanties of West Cornwall.

"Mary and I hope that this imaginative selection of music from Bristol’s nearest ‘Celtic neighbours’ will appeal to a wide audience."

Tickets: Nave, £37.50; West End, £20; Aisle, £15.

To book tickets please call 0117 946 8184 or email wendy.pradalie@bristol-cathedral.co.uk. Alternatively, please download the flier and return the booking slip to Bristol Cathedral Trust, Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ.

Celtic Connections has been generously sponsored by WH Ireland Wealth Management and we thank them for their support.

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