Issue date: 25 November 2003

ISSUE DATE: 25/11/03

Bristol Cathedral, Saturday 29 November at 7.30pm

The orchestra and singers from the University of the West of England will perform A Festival of English Music at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 29 November at 7.30pm.

The programme is a reflection of a hundred years of English composers’ works for choir and orchestra ranging from Malcolm Arnold’s exuberant Little Suite for Orchestra to Elgar’s equally robust Froissart Concert Overture.

Three of the works reflect the effects of war on composers in the period - the composer George Butterworth was killed on the Somme in 1917 leaving behind a handful of works that showed immense promise. Of these the finest and perhaps best known is his orchestral rhapsody A Shropshire Lad – an essay in lost innocence which draws on themes from his earlier song cycles of the same name.

Gerald Finzi, an English composer who has only recently begun to claim his rightful place in the pantheon of twentieth century English composers, is represented by his delightful miniature Farewell to Arms – settings of poems by Knevet and Peele – where the tenor soloist will be UWE student and Music Scholar, Christopher Hann.

Tippet, like Finzi, was a pacifist who manifested his ideals in his stirring oratorio A Child of Our Time. From this work the University Singers and Chamber Choir will be singing his Five Negro Spirituals, and the choir of 120 will join with the full orchestra for Parry’s setting of Milton’s Blest Pair of Sirens to end the programme.

Tickets are available from Bristol Cathedral Box Office, tel 0117 946 8183 or The Centre for Performing Arts, UWE, tel 0117 328 2067.


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