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Bristol Song

Recital Series

Back in 2019 with concerts, recitals, competitions and masterclasses


Our Autumn series of Recitals featuring the most popular song cycles begins with Charlotte Newstead singing Berlioz' Les Nuits D'Été, accompanied by Stefan Hofkes. Buy tickets for the concert here

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Recitals in our July Lunchtime Series

 All our Lunchtime recitals are in Saint Stephen's Church in the centre of Bristol (just behind St Augustine's Parade, diagonally opposite the Hippodrome). Entry is free (although we do take a retiring colletion)


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3rd July 
Louisa Hunter-Bradley

Originally from Australia and now living in Bristol, Louisa sings a Baroque programme including music by Monteverdi

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10th July 
Laura Curry

A very welcome return to the series for Laura Curry, accompanied by Laura Deenik. Music by Gounod, Duparc, Shostakovich, Smetena and more.  

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17th July 
Martin Le Poidevin

A recital based on the sea and its sailors. Music by Fauré, Stanford, John Ireland, Michael Head and more. Accompanied by Steven Kings

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24th July 
Jenna Brown 

Songs of Love, as Jenna, accompanied by Ben Brown, brings a set of songs which includes local composer Ian Carpenter's 'Shades of Love'.   

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Song of the Day

Enjoy tasters of what is to come in our lunchtime recitals with specially selected videos and soundtracks from sites around the web.
Since it's Spring at last, we thought we ought to give you a song called 'Spring'. By Ivor Gurney, it's sung here by Susan Bickley accompanied by Iain Burnside


Song Recitals in Bristol

Our listing of song recitals coming up in the Bristol area. 

We don't know of any upcoming recitals!

Help the Song Recital Series

The Bristol Song Recital lunchtime Series is a free-to-enter series of concerts. At the end of each lunchtime concert, we collect money to pay for the use of the church, for the advertising and other running expenses. Any money which remains is given to the performers - as performers ourselves, we know how important this is, and it allows us to attract the best singers.

If you would like to donate money we'd love to hear from you at martin@bristolsongrecitals.org.uk or using the contact form at the bottom of the page. 

But in order to expand, like everybody else, we need extra money! But we also need extra help in the form of ambassadors, stewards and administrators. If you feel you can help with any of these roles, please let us know. You can email martin@bristolsongrecitals.org.uk

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Recital Series curator Martin Le Poidevin talks about recitals, the Series, performers and more

Rodrigo and Debussy

This week's recital (Wednesday 22nd May, 1.10pm in St Stephen's, sung by Katy Garden with Claire Alsop at the piano) gives two sides to the music of twentieth century composers. 

First is Rodrigo's Cuatros Madrigales Amatorios, a set of four songs based on much earlier originals, from the 16th century Spanish court of Prince Philip II. The result is a music which is consonant and pretty immediate with its dance rhythms, with large overtones of the late renaissance and early baroque. One commentator suggested that it's among Rodrigo's most folk-orientated works. The words are folk-like, too - simple but ambiguous. 

Debussy Ariettes Oubliées is an early project. A set of six songs to words by Paul Verlaine, they show the nascent Impressionistic style. Much more worked than the straightforward melodies of the Rodrigo, they also require virtuosic performances from both the singer and the player. Nevertheless they're compelling works of art, and a hugely important stepping stone on Debussy's path of progression towards his mature style. 



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