UWE present Mozart's Requiem at Bristol Cathedral

Issue date: 22 April 2005

Issue date: 22/04/05
Saturday 30 April
Pooling of musical resources has been a feature of UWE’s concert policy over many years and the next main concert is no exception. The University’s choir of over 100 singers will be joined by another eighty from Churchill Community School and the Trinity Singers – a choir also based in Churchill. Together they will be performing one of the most popular works from the choral repertoire – Mozart’s Requiem – in the wonderful setting of Bristol Cathedral.

The University’s Director of Music, Martin Freke, is an enthusiastic champion of collaborative musical events; past major performances have seen as many as four local choirs combining to stage some larger choral works in the Colston Hall. The University Singers present several concerts each year but, says Martin Freke, the joint events are always something special: “There are very few school choirs who can cope with the demands of Mozart’s music and we at the University are delighted to be working with such a talented group of young people. The Churchill School choristers make a wonderful sound and will add significantly to the overall effect of this splendid music.”

The soloists for this concert include Bristol-based soprano Laurie Gethin with Louise Mott (Alto), Hugh Hetherington (Tenor) and from London, Lynton Black (Bass). The whole vocal ensemble is accompanied by the University Symphony Orchestra who will start the evening in a mood far removed from the Requiem: the Festive Overture by Shostakovich is followed by the Soirée and Matinée Musicales by Britten/Rossini conducted by Ian Holmes.

The concert, which starts at 19.30, is part of the University’s “Quid-a-Kid” scheme (tickets for under 16s only £1 with a paying adult). Many tickets have already sold, but some are still available from Bristol Cathedral Box Office (0117 946 8183; open Mon-Thurs 10.00-13.00 and 14.15-16.00) priced £12, £10, £8 and £5 (concessions available).

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