Messiah comes to Edington

Issue date: 17 February 2005

Issue date: 17/02/05

Edington Priory plays host to singers and musicians from the University of the West of England on Saturday 5 March. The UWE Chamber Choir and Orchestra will be performing Handel’s most celebrated oratorio Messiah which, although often performed at Christmas, was intended as a Lenten work; it therefore makes for a fitting contribution for the approach of Passiontide and Easter.

Music figures largely in the artistic vision of the University and its musical groups frequently give large-scale concerts in Bristol and in the wider community, often working with prestigious soloists like Emma Kirkby and Julian Lloyd Webber. The UWE Chamber Choir is the elite singing group at the university – a much larger choir of 120 singers will soon be performing Mozart’s Requiem in Bristol Cathedral – and for this concert the Chamber Choir will be joined by professional soloists Rachel Bevan, Pamela Rudge, Damian Trafford and Lynton Black.

The concert at Edington Priory starts at 7.00pm and tickets are available at the door or in advance (tel: 0117-32 82067). Admission is £10 but the university operates a ‘Quid-a-Kid’ policy enabling under-18s to pay just £1 when attending with a paying adult. Conductor and University Director of Music, Martin Freke, thinks this work would easily be enjoyed by younger children and at £1 each it is cheaper than getting a baby-sitter!


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