UWE presents A Feast for Winter

Issue date: 26 November 2009

Choir and Orchestra Bristol Cathedral
Saturday 5 December 2009, 19.30

The University of the West of England Symphony Orchestra and Singers will present A Feast for Winter at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 5 December at 19.30.

The performers will welcome the return of two of the University's talented musical alumni as professional soloists in an exciting winter feast of music, featuring three masters from the world of musical composition; Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.

Luke D Williams (Bass), Adult Nursing 04-07, and Christopher Hann (Tenor), Music Systems Engineering 01-04, were music scholars with the Centre for Performing Arts and have recently completed their postgraduate singing studies at the Royal College of Music and Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama respectively. Whilst at UWE, Luke was a fine drummer with the University's Big Band; he recently made his operatic debut to unanimous critical acclaim and has since performed with Opera de Baugé and Suffolk Opera.

Chris has performed as a soloist in such works as Bach's St John Passion and Handel's Messiah; operatic roles include working with Scottish Opera in performances of Eugene Onegin and The Love of Three Oranges. They will be joined in a performance of Beethoven's Mass in C (described in the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs 2004 edition as a 'long-underrated masterpiece') by soprano Belinda Evans, finalist in the BBC's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria and Bristol's renowned alto, Pamela Rudge.

The festive first half of the concert will feature Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and Tchaikovsky's ever popular fairytale Christmas suite, The Nutcracker. The Academic Festival Overture was written as a musical 'thank you' to the University of Breslau, who had conferred upon Brahms an honorary doctorate; the composer, often the joker, included several student drinking songs in this beautiful and intricately orchestrated work. Tchaikovsky's enduring Nutcracker Suite includes well-known favourites such as the Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, Russian Dance (Trepak) and The Dance of the Reed Flutes and has become particularly popular due to its inclusion in Walt Disney's Fantasia.

Tickets for this exciting evening are available via the UWE online ticket store: http://store.uwe.ac.uk or contact MusicBox on 01275 349010. A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door. Admission: £5-10 (£4-6 conc), £1 for accompanied children 12 and under.


Editors notes:

If you would like to preview this event, the media are invited to attend the final rehearsal at Bristol Cathedral on Friday 4 December between 19.00 and 22.00. Please contact the Press Office if you would like to attend.

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