From The Bristol Post: And from Ben Jameson: Bristol Choral Society’s latest performance at Bristol Cathedral was the third of their concerts that I have attended. Having previously heard them tackle perennially popular large-scale works by Handel and Mozart, I was pleased to see them stepping outside of the classical canon in this programme and performing …
‘Life, Hope and Love’ was a sublime blend of familiar and less well-known works, with contemporary composers setting ancient tales, from Genesis to the spirituals of the 20th century.
“My neighbour was bowled over- he and his family have booked up for the Mozart already!”
As usual, the choir were on sparkling form: totally committed, sonorous and engaging, with outstanding articulation and razor-sharp precision in all parts.
Bristol Cathedral was the venue for a most imaginative and satisfying programme to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
“It was all very good, but Dona Nobis Pacem was something special, as you could probably tell from the long silence at the end when no-one wanted to be the first to break the spell.” “The Dona Nobis was a revelation! Never heard of it, a wonderful work, and a magnificent performance: the pace …
This was just the right venue for this music, and Bristol Choral Society are to be congratulated for bringing this music, which is so seldom heard, to this fine building.
In two terrific concerts at the Orchard School, members of Bristol Choral Society joined with more than 300 children from Orchard School and 8 local primary schools to perform Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe!
“What a fantastic evening, loved every minute, especially Carmina Burana, wow!!”
“It was a fantastic concert, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole programme.”
“Well done! What an amazing performance by everyone. The pianists were incredible – timing and precision awesome. Conductor so talented keeping you all on your toes – you must have practiced for hours. Thanks for encouraging us along- we were all bowled over!“
“That was absolutely fabulous – Marion and I loved it – made me feel all tingly. I now realise what a proper choir sounds like!”
…with a return to O Fortuna, the double chorus delivered a fantastic wall of sound that shook the rafters of the Colston Hall…
Tushna Commissariat, Bristol Post
Seldom have I enjoyed a Christmas concert as much as this one. BCS were on terrific form – probably the best I have heard them. Martin Firth, Bristol Post