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Recital Series

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Recitals in our May Lunchtime Series


8th May 
Rachel Fenlon

Currently based in Berlin, Canadian soprano and pianist Rachel (orginally from Stroud!) brings a programme of Schubert, Dowland and Britten folksong arrangements

Biography | Programme

15th May 
Peter Wagstaff and Tom Oldham

Bristol-based tenor and bass Peter and Tom, with songs and duets by Purcell, Finzi, Schumann and Vaughan Williams. Accompanied by Claire Alsop. 

Peter's biography | Tom's biography | Programme

22nd May 
Katy Garden

Including songs and arias by Handel, Debussy, Rodrigo and a tribute to the late Andre Previn

Biography | Programme

29th May 
Niall Hoskin 

Niall and accompanist Stephen Browne explore songs by Schubert, Ravel and Mozart 


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. 

22 May 2019 Lunchtime Recital with Katy Garden

With music by Handel, Rodrigo, Debussy and Andre Previn. Katy makes a welcome return to the series, accompanied by Claire Alsop. 1.10pm in Saint Stephens

24 May 2019 Lunchtime Live

Niall Hoskin and Gill Clark, with Stephen Browne accompanying, in a selection of songs and duets featuring the words of Shakespeare. St Francis Church, Ashton Gate. 1.10pm start

29 May 2019 Lunchtime Recital with Niall Hoskin and Stephen Browne

Niall and Stephen perform a programme of music by Schubert, Mozart and Ravel, including Mozart's wonderful Eine Kleine Kantata. 1.10pm in Saint Stephens. Free entry, retiring collection.

09 Jun 2019 Songs of Refuge and Exile

Charlotte Newstead and Stefan Hofkes in a recital of songs in support of refugees. Including music by Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Ned Rorem and a new work by Euan Tait and Philip Lancaster. In St Paul's Church, Clifton, starting at 3pm. Free entry, with a retiring collection for refugee charities. 

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

Our blog

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

Why go to a song recital?

Song recitals are one of the purest forms of music-making. One voice, one piano. Words, music. A direct connection with the audience. 

But they seem to have a bad reputation. It's probably the image of foreign languages, the archetypal screechy but haughty soprano and a doting audience. 

Our recitals aren't like that. Singers are humans too. We speak to our audience, balance our programmes to bring a wide variety of music and words, and work in a beautifully airy and open environment. Coffee and chat is available before most of our lunchtime concerts (from June the Saint Stephen's cafe will be open again, so food and drink will be available before and after recitals, hopefully). A range of Bristol musicians attend them - singers, music-lovers, composers, players. Then there are visitors to Bristol, family members and more. It's a lively atmosphere and a great way to spend a Wednesday lunchtime. 

And at the heart of it are our excellent performers. Many of the lunchtime singers have Bristol connections, as do many of the pianists. Some are still Bristol residents, some are Bristol born-and-bred, some were (or are) here as students, some were born here and moved away. But all have reached a fantastic standard of performance - and that's not just in the singing, that's in the communication as well. 

Bristol is blessed with a large number of choirs and many excellent singing teachers (that's why we've got so many singers that we can call on). That means there are a lot of singers out there. If you're one of them, come along to a Wednesday lunchtime concert and find out more. 


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