From the intimacy of a solo voice raised in song to the splendours of nearly two hundred at the service of a choral Colossus, our first concert of the Season celebrates musical friendships and a Requiem shot through with unassailable grandeur and a consoling tenderness.
Bristol Choral Society
Hilary Campbell Conductor
Steven Kings Piano
Claire Boulter Soprano
Eamonn Dougan Baritone
Colston Hall, Bristol
Robert Schumann had been one of the young Brahms’ most fervent champions and he’s remembered alongside the composer’s mother in a heartfelt Requiem nearly a decade in the making. A deeply human response to mortality and the gnawing ache of loss, it sidesteps the traditional liturgical texts to set words of solace taken from Luther’s translation of the Bible – at its heart ‘How Lovely are Thy Dwellings’, an intermezzo suffused with the sweetest repose.
Raising the curtain in this opening concert of our season, Associate Conductor of The Sixteen and member of I Fagiolini Eamonn Dougan sings some of Schumann’s exquisite Lieder, masterpieces in miniature, and an intimate preface to Brahms’ monumental memorialising homage.
Tickets cost £10.75 to £31.18. Under 25’s £5.38. Seniors 10% discount. Available from Colston Hall Box Office on 0117 203 4040.