With One Voice
Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 7.30pm
Bristol Youth Choir
Conducted by Kim Samuels and David Ogden
David Ogden Every breath a song (first performance)
Thomas Tallis Spem in alium (40-part motet)
Walter Hawkins Goin’ up a yonder
Errollyn Wallen It was a lover and his lass
Gabriel Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
Quincy Jones For unto us a child is born and Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, A Soulful Celebration
Toby Young As One (first performance)
This year’s High Sheriff’s Concert pays tribute to the power of music not only to transform lives, but also to bring communities together. The performers include a gospel choir, a youth choir and a chamber choir, singing separately and together, in a joyful celebration of the power of song.
Exultate Singers will open the concert with the first performance of Every breath a song, a new work by their conductor David Ogden. This will be followed by the exquisite 40-part motet by Thomas Tallis, Spem in Alium, sung in the round.
Then the Bristol Youth Choir’s versatility and talent will be showcased in three songs, from Errollyn Wallen’s jazz-inspired setting of words by Shakespeare, to the sublime Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré.
The Renewal Choir closes the first half with passionate and joyful excerpts from Quincy Jones’ take on Handel’s Messiah.
As One is an exciting new choral work celebrating the vibrant diversity of Bristol. Featuring settings of poems inspired by interviews with local residents, alongside stories from the city’s rich history, the piece explores some of the many seams that tie together Bristol’s diverse communities, as well as considering some of the challenges facing the city today, in order to celebrate the creative and independent spirit that makes the city so unique. Bringing our three choirs together in song, As One displays a joyful fusion of musical styles, with influences ranging from epic oratorio to upbeat jazz and funk.
Tickets for the Nave are sold out. Tickets are still available for the West End at £20 and £15 for the Aisles, available online and from Wendy Pradalie at Bristol Cathedral on 0117 946 8184.