Exultate Singers conducted by David Ogden
Andrew Tortise Evangelist
Martin Le Poidevin Christ
Katherine Watson Soprano
Leigh Woolf Mezzo soprano
with the Exultate Chamber Ensemble
Richard May continuo cello
Bristol's accomplished chamber choir, Exultate Singers, together with its professional orchestra Exultate Chamber Ensemble, perform Bach's mighty setting of the Gospel narrative, which recounts the events of Christ's final days - betrayal, trial and crucifixion - in music brimming with power and drama.
The magnificent acoustic of St George's Bristol makes it the perfect setting for what promises to be a thrilling performance of this compelling and noble work, with the narrative sung in English and the chorales and arias in German.
Exultate Singers acknowledges the support of the Paragon Concert Society who adminster funds left to them by the late Leo Reid Baker.
Opening movement - Kommt, Ihr Töchter, Helft Mir Klagen (recorded live at Exultate Singers' performance of the St Matthew Passion in 2005)
Katherine Watson - If music be the food of love
Andrew Tortise was a choral scholar at Wells Cathedral before graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2002.
He has appeared on the concert platform alongside notable conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Colin Davis Stephen Cleobury, Richard Egarr, Martyn Brabbins and world-famous ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Andrew sang tenor solos in the BBC Proms 2010 performance of Monteverdi Vespers with the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Equally at home on the operatic stage, Andrew made his opera debut in Paris at the Theatre des Champs-Elysee as Apollo Semele in 2004 and has performed at the Salzburg Festival and with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne on Tour, Welsh National Opera, Netherlands Opera, Opera National de Lyon.
Andrew's voice is high and clear, engaging, natural and unforced. He has been described as having "an affiinity for Bach's music" (de telegraaf, March 2007) and with his strong operatic background we look forward to a dramatic and gripping account of the Passion story.
Saturday 9th April 2011 at 7pm
St George's, Great George, Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
Tickets are available in the four price bands:
• Central stalls and balcony - coloured red on seating plan opposite: £20 (£18 concessions)
• Side stalls and front row balcony - yellow: £17 (£15 concessions)
• Side balcony - second row - blue: £15 (£13 concessions)
• Side balcony - third row - green (restricted visibility): £10 (£8 concessions)
Students in full time education / under 18s £5
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