UWE launches Music Appeal with screen music spectacular

Issue date: 05 December 2012

Date: 8 December 2012, 19:30 Venue: Colston Hall

Magnificent music that will be instantly recognisable from the screen will be performed by the UWE Orchestra and Singers at the Colston Hall in Bristol on Saturday.

Two of composer John Williams' major works will play a starring role in the line-up. These are the heroic theme and wonderful suite drawn from the blockbuster movie Star Wars in its original orchestration, and Liberation: Exultate Justi from the prisoner- of- war film epic Empire of the Sun.

The war theme continues with Walton's patriotic Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, and Ron Goodwin's famous 633 Squadron. Also on the programme for the evening is the beautifully wistful Gabriel's Oboe from the soundtrack to the film The Mission, and the evocatively scored Cinema Paradiso for piano and strings.

The opening work will be O Fortuna from Carl Orff''s cantata Carmina Burana, popularised in the 1980s by TV adverts and more recently during X Factor. Later in the evening the tenor and basses of the UWE Singers will perform the Latin hymn of prayer, Non Nobis Domine from the star-studded 1989 film Henry V.

The female voices of the choir will perform Adiemus by Karl Jenkins, famously recognised for playing out the end credits of the film Avatar, before combining with the male voices for two dramatic works from grand opera – the impressive Triumphal Scene from Aida and the beautiful Easter Hymn from the one-act opera Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni. The Ride of the Valkyries from Wagner's Die Walkure completes the trio of opera excerpts, all of which are from operas that over the decades have been brought to the screen.

For those who enjoy the traditional sound of the swing era, the spectacular UWE Big Band will make a special appearance at the start of the second half.

The evening marks the launch of UWE's Music Appeal which will raise funds for the Centre for Performing Arts Music Scholars; the George Budden Music Collection at UWE; bursaries for Music Therapy students, and funds to support outreach projects led by Music Technology students.

Be first on the red carpet and book now for your premier seats!

Tickets for this evening cost £10/£15; Concessions £8/£13.

Accompanied school children free.

Tickets are available from:

- The Colston Hall http://www.colstonhall.org/boxoffice 0117 922 3686

- UWE's online Ticket Store https://store.uwe.ac.uk

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