Immortal Fire

Saturday 5th May 2018 at 7.30pm
St James Priory, Bristol

Raymond Warren Cello Requiem (first performance)
Michael Tippett Five Spirituals from A Child Of Our Time
Benjamin Britten Hymn to St Cecilia and Hymn to the Virgin

With Richard May cello

Exultate Singers gives the premiere of the Bristol-based composer Raymond Warren's Cello Requiem alongside music by two British composer who have influenced Raymond Warren – Benjamin Britten, and Michael Tippett, with whom he studied composition. 

Tippett's Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time are enduringly popular - impassioned and heartfelt, there are soaring solos, rich textures, 'wall of sound' full choir passages, and whispered pianissimos.

The programme includes two works by Benjamin Britten: his beautifully simple Hymn to the Virgin for double choir, together with the sprightly Hymn to St Cecilia which sets a colourful text in homage to the patron saint of music by W.H. Auden.

In the second half of the concert the choir is joined by cellist Richard May to perform the premiere of Raymond Warren's deeply moving Cello Requiem.

Warren was Professor of Music at Bristol University from 1972 to 1991 and taught a generation of Bristol musicians. His Cello Requiem is both deeply personal and very immediate for the listener. It is rich in thematic material, with dazzling full choir sections and moments of quiet contemplation. In the final In Paradisum section, the hushed choir accompanies a soaring cello line, as though the soul of the departed is being lifted towards a heavenly afterlife.

Exultate Singers has appeared on Classic FM, on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 and BBC television including The One Show and Songs of Praise. The choir is known for its engaging performances, making use of the building’s spatial effects with singers placed in different positions around the hall throughout the concert, enveloping the audience with stunning live surround sound.

“To come in to the glorious building of St James & the ethereal sounds of Exultate - my companion said she thought she’d gone to heaven and I quite agreed! I don’t know how you manage to maintain such a terrific standard of music with such a lovely friendly atmosphere, but please keep doing it!”


St James' Priory, Whitson Street, Haymarket, Bristol BS1 3NZ


Central nave £15
Side aisles £10

Tickets for students in full time education are £8, and for under 18s are £4.

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How to find St James' Priory

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The nearest Bristol City Council car park is on Trenchard Street. Parking is £2.50 for the evening after 6pm. Use the pedestrian exit on level 8 to come out on Park Row and turn right to walk down past the Bristol Royal Infirmary, then turn right down Whitson Street and the entrance to St James Priory is on your left after the bus station.

A limited number of parking for disabled badge holders is available in the car park outside St James Priory itself. Please request parking when you book tickets in the comments box, or email