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Bristol Concert Orchestra: Symphonie Fantastique

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Bristol Concert Orchestra: Symphonie Fantastique

Bristol Concert Orchestra: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique 30 June 2018 concert poster

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From 19:30pm to 21:45pm

On: Saturday, Jun 30th 2018
St Mary Redcliffe Church
  • From 19:30pm to 21:45pm
  • Colston Parade, Bristol, BS1 6RA
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Bristol Concert Orchestra plays the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz and - joined by the choris of St Mary Redcliffe Church - Dona nobis pacem by Vaughan Williams. Conductor Stefan Hofkes.

This concert of two halves opens with Stokowski's string arrangement of Purcell's heartrending Dido's Lament ('When I am Laid in Earth'), providing an incredibly effective prelude to Vaughan Williams' empassioned plea for peace Dona nobis pacem (written after the composer's experiences as an ambulance driver in World War I) and recognised as a neglected choral masterpiece.

For the second half, the incredible Symphonie Fantastique - the 'programme symphony' written by a 27-year-old Berlioz telling the (autobiographical) story of "an artist gifted with a lively imagination" who has "poisoned himself with opium" in the "depths of despair" because of "hopeless, unrequited love." The five movements of this hallucinatory tale include a beautiful waltz, the famous 'March to the Scaffold' and concludes at the funeral of the hero attended by sorcerers and monsters.
Or, as Leonard Bernstein put it "Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral." Fantastical indeed…

Saturday 30 June, 2018, 7:30pm
St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol

Purcell / Stokowski: Dido's Lament
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Bristol Concert Orchestra • The Choirs of St Mary Redcliffe Church • Charlotte Newstead (soprano) • Martin Le Poidevin (baritone) • Stefan Hofkes (conductor)

There will be a retiring collection in aid of The Stroke Association.


Tickets (priced £8-£15, under 18s £1) are available from www.bristolconcertorchestra.org.uk or at the door on concert night.

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