Bristol Song

Recital Series

Back in 2019 with concerts, recitals, competitions and masterclasses

Our lunchtime recitals continue this year with a variety of styles, performers and themes.

These free entry concerts take place in the heart of Bristol on Wednesday lunchtimes during March, May, July and September

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Recitals in our March Lunchtime Series

6th March 
Martin Le Poidevin

Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel, plus his four songs of Fredegond Shove and Fauré's L'Horizon Chimerique

13th September 
Bernadette Johns

With accompanist Hamish Brown. French mélodies by some of the greats - Duparc, Poulenc and Debussy from this up-and-coming young soloist  

20th March
Robert Marson

Songs and arias for bass, including Beethoven's An Die Ferne Geliebte and songs by Wagner and others. 

27th March
Charlotte Newstead

Accompanied by Stefan Hofkes. Includes Schumann's highly romantic Frauenliebe und Leben along with a selection of songs by Schubert

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.
Beethoven's groundbreaking An Die Ferne Geliebte - the first ever song cycle - sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Gerald Moore. Robert Marson will be singing the cycle as part of his recital on March 20th.


Song Recitals in Bristol

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

22 Feb 2019 Lunchtime Live

Martin Le Poidevin and Sandie Middleton with a recital which includes Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel and Eric Wetherell's Three Shakespearean Sonnets. St. Francis’ Church, Ashton Gate, North Street BS3 1JP. 1.10pm start; free entry
06 Mar 2019 Lunchtime Recital with Martin Le Poidevin

Martin Le Poidevin and Claire Alsop open the Bristol Song Recital year with songs by Vaughan Williams and Fauré. St Stephen's Church, 1.10pm. Free entry.
13 Mar 2019 Lunchtime Recital with Bernadette Johns

With accompanist Hamish Brown, Bernadette gives the second recital of the March season. In St Stephen's, in the city centre. 1.10pm start, free entry

What's so great about Song Recitals?

If you think that a song recital is just some big lady propping up a grand piano and wailing something at you in German, think again. You've clearly never been to one of our song recitals. 

Our recitals are punchy, varied, engaging and often - for those who like that sort of thing - virtuosic.

The thing about songs - whether they're classical, jazz, music theatre or pop, is that they're immediate. Songs are music in 3D, the three dimensions in this case being notes, rhythm and words. That extra dimension of the words is what makes the difference and is what we use to engage the audience. Our performers explain what is going on in the songs they're about to sing (often backed up by our famous online programme notes), and use visual as well as musical cues to make it clear how the characters are feeling. 

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