Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil in St George's Bristol

Exultate Singers conducted by David Ogden
Richard May Cello
Olena Shvetsova Piano

Exultate Singers performs Rachmaninov's lavish music for the Russian Orthodox church, the All-Night Vigil (often simply known as the Vespers), one of the greatest choral masterpieces of the twentieth century.

Written for unaccompanied choir throughout with deep textures, sumptuous harmonies and simple, beautiful melodies, it is unmistakably Russian and perfectly suited to the warm, clear acoustic of St George’s Bristol.

In an evening of Russian music, the virtuosic cellist Richard May and concert pianist Olena Shvetsova perform movements from Shostakovich and Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonatas and the haunting Vocalise. The UK premiere of Yuri Yukechev’s The Epistle for choir and cello completes the programme.

The performers

Richard May is one of Britain's most outstanding cello players. Since winning the string section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, he has achieved a successful international career both as a soloist and chamber musician. Olena Shvetsova studied piano at the Kosenko Music School, the Kyiv Music College and the National Music Academy of Ukraine. She subsequently taught at the Kosenko Music School and the National Music Academy. She has performed in concerts in various European countries and participated in several international competitons. At the 6th International Piano Competition in Rome she was awarded first prize.


Sunday 7th November 2010 at 7.30pm


St George's, Great George, Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


There are still some tickets available in the four price bands (very restricted availability now for the central stalls and balcony):

• Area A - coloured red on seating plan opposite: £18 (£16 concessions)
• Area B - yellow: £16 (£14 concessions)
• Area C - blue: £13 (£11 concessions) - available from St George's box office only
• Area D - green (restricted visibility): £10 (£8 concessions) - available from St George's box office only

How to book

• Book by phone with St George's box office on 0845 40 24 001

• Or purchase from St George's box office in person. The box office is open Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 6pm, and at weekends from an hour before an evening concert.

Listen to some excerpts

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