Bristol Choral Society
Hilary Campbell Conductor
Dettingen Te Deum Handel
Liam Dunachie Organ
Nina Bennet Soprano
Emma Watkinson Alto
Gareth Treseder Tenor
Edward Price Bass
Venue: Bristol Cathedral
Distasteful as it may be to us today, much of great music written in the past was to celebrate a victory in battle! Such was Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum, which was commissioned in 1743 to celebrate the victory of the British army and its allies, under the command of King George II over the French army at the Battle of Dettingen. But of course Handel has created solos and choruses of a brilliant, martial character, with only slight hints of Messiah, which we can enjoy today as songs of praise. The triumphant trumpeting is as exciting and fresh today as when first written.
Much has been written about Mozart’s Requiem, most notably that he felt he was writing his own requiem, and indeed he died in 1791 before he was able to complete all the movements. Happily for us, he poured enough of himself into it for this masterpiece to now be firmly established as one of Mozart’s best known works and a favourite Requiem for singers and audiences worldwide. He writes in fear, anger and sublimity with incredibly moving musical language that never fails to take the breath away. Life after death is not a complete certainty in his mind, but there is a defiance amidst the sorrow.
We welcome back the British Sinfonietta who always accompany the great choral works with empathy and exuberance.
Ticket prices £11 to £28, under 25s £5, seniors 10% discount:
Online at the Colston Hall website
Colston Hall box office:0117 203 4040