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Life, Love and Hope

June 15, 2019, 7:30 pm

Bristol Choral Society

Hilary Campbell Conductor

In the Beginning Copland
Les Chansons des Roses Lauridsen
Spirituals Allain
Five Negro Spirituals Tippett

Steven Kings Piano
Harriet Burns Soprano
Helen Stanley Alto

Venue: Bristol Cathedral



To end our season we present a beautiful programme of music combining evocative, thought-provoking words on life, love and hope alongside some of the most gorgeous choral arrangements you could hope to hear.

Copland’s choral masterpiece, In the Beginning, sets verses from the Book of Genesis within a challenging yet engrossing a cappella work, packed with subtle musical devices depicting the Creation.

Lauridsen’s Les Chansons de Roses (Songs of Roses), is a radiant setting of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, with the composer particularly touched by this poet’s poignant expression of ‘the state of giving love and not receiving it back’.

We finish with two quite different, wonderful arrangements of spirituals by Allain and Tippett, some of whose haunting melodies and rhythms will be familiar to many of you. As you may know, Tippett used negro spirituals in his great oratorio A child of our time which he composed between 1939 and 1941 as outlet for his pacifism. The spirituals represented, to him, the emotions of the oppressed anywhere, ranging from desolation to hope.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope – Martin Luther King

Ticket prices £11 to £28, under 25s £5, seniors 10% discount:
Online at the Colston Hall website
Colston Hall box office: 0117 203 4040


June 15, 2019
7:30 pm
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Bristol Cathedral