Choral & Brass Spectacular with the Flowers Band

Colston Hall, Bristol
Saturday 6th March 2010 at 7.30pm

Expect an exhilarating evening's entertainment from City of Bristol Choir, Exultate Singers and one of the UK's top brass bands, Gloucester's Flowers Band. Under the direction of conductors David Ogden and Paul Holland, they join forces to perform Philip Wilby's Brontë Mass - combining the poetry of the Brontës with the words of the Latin Mass, in a stunning work full of bold, romantic, sonorous textures.

The second half of the concert is packed with spectacular and uplifting music from the films and the brass band world.

A selection of suites from film scores by John Williams, the world's most successful film music composer, is combined with the music from James Bond, Brassed Off, and The Mission.

In the world of brass band music, Paul Lovatt Cooper is one of the most sought-after composing talents of his generation, and his piece Walking With Heroes needs to be heard to be believed - this is brass band music at its most flamboyant and uplifting.

All this will be memorably performed by one of the UK's leading brass bands in collaboration with 120 singers.

Come and enjoy feel-good music for the start of Spring - don't miss this unique event in Bristol's musical calendar.

Programme includes

• Philip Wilby's Brontë Mass (premiere of orchestration for choir and brass band)
• John Williams Olympic Fanfare
• Paul Lovatt Cooper Walking With Heroes
• John Williams: Suites from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Harry Potter and Saving Private Ryan
• Excerpts from James Bond and Brassed Off
• Hubert Parry I was glad


Saturday 6th March 2010 at 7.30pm


Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 6AS


Tickets are sold in three price bands:

Area A - coloured red on seating plan opposite: £18
Area B - pink: £15
Area C - burgundy: £12

Under 18s - £5

How to book

• Buy from the Colston Hall Box Office in person or by phoning 0117 922 3686

The Flowers Band

The Flowers Band, based in Gloucester, is now in its 41st year. The band rose rapidly up the Championship Section ladder in 1986 where it has since established itself in the top 20 of the Brass Band World Rankings table to become one of the world's finest brass bands.

In January 2006 the band won the most lucrative prize in banding, The Butlins Mineworkers Open Championships, which netted the band a cheque for £6000 and the magnificent CISWO Championship trophy. The band is the 2007 ‘Champion Band of the West of England', an accolade which it has previously held in 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2000.

The continued success of the band has led to fourteen appearances at the ‘All England International Masters' held at the Cambridge Corn Exchange where it maintained a consistent 5th position in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and took the runners up spot in 2006, beating the European and World champions in the process. The Flowers band records regularly for Radio 2's Listen To The Band and has appeared on BBC 1's Songs of Praise. They have also appeared as guest artists with British electronica duo Goldfrapp on their Mercury Music Prize nominated album Felt Mountain.

Forthcoming concerts

Sunday 7th March 2010 at 5pm - BBC One's Songs of Praise go

Exultate Singers appears on BBC TV's Songs of Praise singing arrangements of All my hope on God is founded, Father hear the prayer we offer, Make me a channel of your peace, the Irish Blessing and Spirit of God, descend upon my heart.

Wednesday 31st March 2010 - music for Holy Week go

Holy Week concert in the chapel of St Monica's including performances Howells' Requiem and parts of Rheinberger's mass for double choir.

Saturday 8th May 2010 - Mozart Mass in C minor go

A concert at St George's with the Exultate Chamber Orchestra. The programme includes contemporary music from America - Morten Lauridsen's Midwinter Songs and John Corigliano's Fern Hill as well as Mozart's 'Great' Mass in C minor.

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