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The Bristol Song Recital Series Lunchtime Concerts in St Stephen's in the heart of the City of Bristol

Bristol Song Recital Series brings sung music of the highest quality to Bristol and its surrounding areas. 

A huge thank you to everyone who come to our special Christmas Recital in December, and warm and heartfelt Season's greetings to all.

Come and join us in 2019 for all the plethora of events which we have planned! 

2018 - The Song Recitals that we Sang 

In 2018 we presented 16 lunchtime recitals, one evening recital, a students' concert called Let Us Sing and a special Christmas recital. 

Among the Lunchtime Recitals we enjoyed the brilliant recital by Elizabeth Karani and Ella O'Neill which rounded off our July Series of lunchtime concerts. Their recital included "The Song Cycle I am Going to Sing" by Richard Barnard (above left), a setting of words by Ian McMillan (right).
Other recitals this year have included a set of music theatre songs by the young singers of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, a tribute to Dame Clara Butt from Jenna Brown and much more.


In July 




The Song cycle I am going to Sing...

Our July series of lunchtime concerts is shaping up to be a classic, and one of the highlights will be the second ever performance of a new song cycle by Bristol composer Richard Barnard and BBC Radio 3 presenter/poet Ian McMillan. It will be sung by Elizabeth Karani with Ella O'Neill at the piano. 

This is the second time that Richard Barnard and Ian McMillan have teamed up - the first was for Early Stroll Songs, a sparkling voice-and-guitar cycle which was commissioned and premiered by Martin Le Poidevin (who is singing for us on 11th July).

The new song cycle is called - in a typically elliptical Ian McMillan manner - "The Song Cycle I am going to Sing". It's about a soprano who is about to sing a song cycle by the composer Rüf, and the distractions she meets on the way. It's going to be a sparkling event, backed up by a selection of songs to bring joy and happiness to your Wednesday lunchtime.

Emerging soloists concert

As part of our series of concerts next September, we're hosting a concert for new soloists - those who've been singing in choirs all their lives and have now decided to do some solo singing, or those who've always wanted to be a singer and have been studying with leading singing teachers around Bristol.

The concert, on the afternoon of September 15th in the URC church in Henleaze, will feature wonderful music, familiar and unfamiliar, sung with great passion and conviction by singers young and old. 

Tickets for the concert will be on sale soon - make sure you get yours soon! More details on the website as we get them. 

Also in the autumn we'll be starting a series of masterclasses for adult and young person singers, with high profile and experienced coaches. If you'd like to take part, please let us know. 

We are the Women

We are very happy to announce that the first of our evening concerts this year will be We are the Women, a performance of Bristol composer Eric Wetherell's song cycle to celebrate Women's Suffrage and the end of the First World War. 

The lyrics are by Eric's wife Liz. 

The cycle will be performed by singers Pam Rudge and Hannah Coleman, with Christopher Northam on the piano. The programme will also include a selection of other songs. 

The concert will be on Saturday July 14th, in the evening, and details of tickets will be published soon. 

Hall on the Hill

If you missed it the first time round - either because you didn't get a ticket or because you had a ticket for the performance that was cancelled due to the snow - here's your chance to see it again!

Mark Lawrence's wonderful new opera, based on the history of Saint George's and written to celebrate the opening of its new extension, is being staged again on 21st May. 

The cast includes four choirs, an orchestra and two professional soloists - Martin Le Poidevin and Esther Mallett, who are both well known to Bristol Song Recital Series audiences. 

More details from the Saint George's website. Get your tickets soon - the premiere was so well received that a sell-out is a possibility!

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On this part of the site we post occasional YouTube (and other) videos to keep you in the mood for song over the months when we don't have our recitals

On the Second Day of D'cember... Heather Maîr Thomas sings Michael Head's a Little Road to Bethlehem - a song that may well feature in our Christmas Recital

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