UWE perform music from Westminster to the Wild West

Issue date: 29 November 2011

Bristol Cathedral, Saturday 3 December 2011 at 19:30

Join the UWE Bristol Orchestra and Singers on a musical journey, from the regal setting of Westminster Abbey to the sumptuous tones of the Goldschmidt Clarinet Concerto, ending with a rousing orchestral suite featuring American folk songs and cowboy tunes from the Wild West.

This exciting and adventurous programme ranges from England's most formal and patriotic to the American frontier and the riot of sound associated with 19th century American outlaws.

The audience are invited to sit back and relax for the first half which begins with music on a royal theme – Royal Wedding Fanfare 'Valiant and Brave' composed by the RAF's Principal Director of Music, Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs. Following this UWE Bristol Singers will join the orchestra to perform two major works - Handel's powerful coronation anthem 'Zadok the Priest' and Parry's 'I was Glad' - traditionally sung at grand royal occasions such as coronations and most recently performed at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The programme continues with Walton's 'Crown Imperial' and David Fanshawe's 'Lament of the Seas', composed in remembrance of those who perished in the Tsunami of 2004.

The first half of the concert will end with Barber's 'Agnus Dei', his choral version of the famous 'Adagio for Strings' known to many for its haunting pathos-filled melody, but also popularly used in many film and TV soundtracks and a further choral work Parry's 'Blest Pair of Sirens'.

Virtuoso clarinettist Catriona Scott will open the second half of the evening performing Goldschmidt's lyrical and pastoral Clarinet Concerto. The evening will end with the orchestral suite from American composer Copland's ballet 'Billy the Kid'. This work follows the musical journey of the life of the legendary outlaw from the open prairie to dramatic gun battle, Billy's capture, his death and back to the open prairie.

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

Visit the Centre for Performing Arts for more information.

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