The Bristol Ensemble
with Freddy Kempf piano
Gweneth-Ann Jeffers soprano
Madeleine Shaw mezzo soprano
Daniel Norman tenor
Owen Gilhooly baritone
Bristol Choral Society
City of Bristol Choir
David Ogden conductor
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Bernard Kane Bardsey Sound
Beethoven Symphony no. 9 'Choral'
Beethoven’s visionary ’Choral’ Symphony broke through the boundaries of the classical symphony. Characterised by an intensity of emotional expression and overpowering energy, the choral finale, proclaiming the words of Schiller’s Ode to Joy, is an iconic work in western music. A chorus of 200 voices from Bristol Choral Society, City of Bristol Choir and Exultate Singers will join the orchestra on stage under the baton of conductor David Ogden for this epic conclusion to the Bristol Ensemble's Beethoven Symphonies Series.
The virtuoso pianist Freddy Kempf will perform Gershwin’s remarkable Rhapsody in Blue, a piece which Freddy recorded last year with the Bergen Philharmonic which won enthusiastic praise from the critics, including this from International Record Review: "Kempf is consistently imaginative, attentive to details, technically adroit and emotionally committed."
Gweneth-Ann Jeffers (soprano)
Gweneth-Ann Jeffers trained at the University of Exeter, Goldsmith‘s College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She was a Vilar Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in 2001 represented England at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Madeleine Shaw (mezzo soprano)
Samling Scholar Madeleine Shaw studied at the RSAMD and the National Opera Studio supported by English National Opera. Madeleine was subsequently part of the Young Singers Programme at ENO. She will make two appearances at this year's BBC Proms, singing TIppett and Wagner.
Daniel Norman (tenor)
Daniel Norman was a choral scholar at New College Oxford, where he read Engineering, and went on to study with Diane Forlano at the Royal Academy of Music. In his first year out of college he made his debuts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Trevor Pinnock, the Royal Festival Hall with David Atherton, the Wigmore Hall with Graham Johnson, the Aldeburgh Festival with David Parry and the Barbican Hall with Richard Hickox.
Owen Gilhooly (baritone)
Born in Limerick, Owen Gilhooly trained at the RCM and the National Opera Studio supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, the Belfast Classical Music Bursary, the RVW Trust and the Sibyl Tutton Trust. He made his début at the ROH singing the Fauré Requiem for the Royal Ballet, and at the BBC Proms singing Bill Bobstay HMS Pinafore (conducted by Mackerras).
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