UWE presents Music from the Movies and A Night at the Opera

Issue date: 30 November 2005

Issue date: 30/11/05

Bristol Cathedral 3 December 2005 19.30
The University of the West of England Symphony Orchestra and the University Singers will present a musical extravaganza featuring Music from the Movies and A Night at the Opera at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 3 December 2005 at 19.30.

The performers include 70 instrumentalists and 120 singers and the double bill promises to be a treat for lovers of music of stage and screen.

Martin Freke, Director of the Centre for Performing Arts said, “Included in the first part of the programme are some of the most memorable pieces of film music in the repertoire including 633 Squadron, Spitfire Prelude and Fugue and the ever-popular Dam busters’ March. The music for the film Henry V sounds as fresh 60 years on as it was when first composed by Walton to accompany Olivier’s war-time production, and perhaps the greatest of all composers of film music, John Williams, is represented by the hauntingly beautiful theme from Schindler’s List.

“Reverting to a much older form of public entertainment, the Singers join with the Orchestra in the second half for a journey through three hundred years of operatic favourites. Pride of place in the programme goes to some of the stirring set-piece choral extravaganzas from Verdi’s ‘grand’ operas – the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco, Grand March from Aida and the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore. There is plenty of contrast in style and dynamic with choruses from Handel, Puccini and Tchaikovsky. Purcell’s sublime Dido’s Lament promises to be an emotional high point and the evening finishes with Mascagni’s superb Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana.”

Tickets for this concert are available from MusicBox (tel: 01275 349010) priced at £10, £8, £6, and £5 with concessions available and a special offer of Quid-a-Kid for under-16s accompanied by a paying adult.


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