Join UWE for a night of springtime classical music

Issue date: 22 March 2011


The University of the West of England Symphony Orchestra, Singers and Soloists are delighted to present their Spring concert on Saturday 26 March 2011, 19:30 at Bristol Cathedral. The evening's performances will be conducted by Ian Holmes and Roger Huckle and will include two famously iconic works of the orchestral and choral repertoire: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and Bruckner's Te Deum.

Also on the programme is Mozart's enormously popular Overture to the Magic Flute, which features many of the lively and entertaining tunes from the opera and is as well received now as it was at its first performance in Vienna in 1791. This was the composer's last operatic work before he died later that year – an impressive ending to a short but astounding life as a child prodigy who began composing at the age of five.

This performance links with the Arcomis International Flute Event taking place the following week-end: April 1-3, 2011 at Cardiff Bay's iconic arts venue, Wales Millennium Centre. This festival, directed by Dr Adrian Hull from UWE's Centre for Performing Arts brings together the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, and 12 of Europe's elite flutists to celebrate the flute through a series of concerts, workshops and free foyer events for everyone. For more information see: www.arcomis.com/flute

Almost 100 years later was the first performance with orchestra of Bruckner's joyful Te Deum with its dedication 'to God in gratitude for having safely brought me through so much anguish in Vienna'; both performances were amongst the last of their music attended by the respective composers. The work is reputably the crown of Bruckner's sacred music and often thought of as the most positive, joyous and compelling of Bruckner's choral works. Bruckner himself singled it out as his own personal favourite, referring to it as "the pride of my life." Returning to the Cathedral platform for this performance are renowned soloists Naomi Harvey (Soprano), Pamela Rudge (Alto), Ian Yemm (Tenor) and Martin Le Poidevin (Bass).

Tippett's Five Negro Spirituals from his oratorio A Child of Our Time remain steadfast in the choral society repertoire, their eloquent simplicity as beautiful to listen to as they are to sing. A Child of Our Time began life in 1938 during the Second World War inspired by events in Germany when Tippett was searching for an appropriate subject for a full-scale oratorio which would be modelled on Handel's Messiah and Bach's Passions. The grand finale to the evening's concert is Shostakovich's magnificent Symphony No. 5 - written under some duress to appease the Russian state government and protect his own wellbeing. The subtitle 'A Soviet Artist's Practical Creative Reply to Just Criticism' covered up the composer's secret portrayal of the torment suffered in his country at the time of completion in 1937 under the difficult times of Stalin and the Great Terror. However this masterpiece not only met with the full approval of the Communist Government but with its beauty and grandeur has since become one of his most successful works.

Tickets for this evening are available either from the Colston Hall 0117 922 3686 or via the UWE online ticket store.

Ticket prices: £5-£10 (£4-£6 concessions). £1 accompanied children 12 years and under (excludes £10 seats)

For tickets and further information see: Arcomis International Flute Event

Visit the Centre for Performing Arts for more information.

FFI: Jane Kelly or Mary Price, Press Officers

BRISTOL UWE

Tel: 0117 32 82208

E-mail: Jane.Kelly@uwe.ac.ukor Mary.Price@uwe.ac.uk

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