Issue date: 15 March 2012
UWE Bristol's Centre for Performing Arts is hosting a day of musical events at the Colston Hall on Saturday 24 March. The CPA organises performance opportunities for students, staff and friends throughout the year. The event this Saturday features a wonderful variety of groups ranging from the UWE Big Band to the full Symphony Orchestra and Singers.
Ian Holmes, Director of the Centre for Performing Arts explains, “We have so many hugely talented students at the University. This is an opportunity for them to show what they can do. With the youngest performer being 18 and the oldest 80 the event is a great example of how the University helps to bring the community together.”
Beginning at 12:30 the Colston Hall foyer will echo with the sounds of Showstoppers singing excerpts from musicals and from the recent UWE Bristol production of the musical Titanic. Ahead of the main evening concert at 17:30 there will be a workshop led by the world renowned BackBeat Percussion, whilst the UWE Big Band will be giving a free concert in Colston Hall 2. There will also be a rare opportunity to hear David Bedford's Balloon Music in a foyer performance at 18:45.
Sarah Gupta, a final year student who will be performing in the Orchestra, the University Singers, the Big Band and UWE Jazz said, “It's going to be an amazing day with something for everyone to enjoy”.
The day will culminate in an exciting concert performance at 19:00 of Holst's The Planets and David Fanshawe's African Sanctus in which the Universities' Singers, Orchestra, African Drummers and Guitarists will be joined by BackBeat Percussion and members of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. The performance will also feature Belinda Evans, a finalist in the BBC TV Series How do you Solve a problem like Maria? which led to her performing in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End.
The evening concert will be a great opportunity to enjoy two epic works from the choral and orchestral repertoire. Holst's The Planets takes us on a seven movement astrological journey and has become a popular favourite of audiences far and wide. The late David Fanshawe's landmark work African Sanctus has also received international acclaim, reflecting his pioneering interest in ethnic music, this ambition to record native folk music began in the Middle East in 1966 and continued on further journeys through North and East Africa. In November 2009, David Fanshawe was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from UWE Bristol.
Free entry to many events, full information available at: www.uwe.ac.uk/cpa