Seven Angels

Saturday 7th November 2015 at 7.30pm
Free pre-concert talk at 6.50pm

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Conducted by David Ogden

Lucy Wakeford Harp
Richard May Cello
Jeremy Little Percussion
Simon Munday Trumpet/shofar
Ross Brown Trumpet/shofar

James MacMillan In splendoribus sanctorum
John Rutter Hymn to the Creator of Light
Samuel Barber Agnus Dei
William Harris Faire is the heaven
Ian Carpenter In paradisum
James MacMillan Seven Angels

Exultate Singers reveals visions of heaven in this Remembrance weekend concert. A tapestry of works in the first half includes transcendent works by James MacMillan and William Harris and Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei, his own arrangement of his Adagio for Strings. The choir also performs Ian Carpenter's radiant setting of In Paradisum and John Rutter's anthem Hymn to the Creator of Light, an homage to Herbert Howells, full of mystical intensity, which with its iridescent chromatic harmonies is reminiscent of Howells' own music.

For the second half, the choir is joined by trumpets, shofars, percussion, harp and cello to perform James MacMillan’s extraordinary new work Seven Angels, a setting of vivid and intensely dramatic text from the Book of Revelation. Commissioned by Ex Cathedra, it was premiered in Birmingham in January 2015.

The writing for the instrumental ensemble and choir is brimming with originality, drawing the audience in to the apocalyptic events described in the biblical text, ending with a euphoric chorale with the words ‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth’.

A free pre-concert talk about the instruments being used in tonight’s performance, and the making of the Queen’s fanfare trumpets, will be given by Richard Smith from Smith-Watkins Trumpets at 6.50pm in the hall (no need to book). The company is a world-leader in trumpets of all kinds, and makes most of the British military band instruments.

"[James MacMillan is] a composer so confident of his own musical language that he makes it instantly communicative to his listeners." The Guardian

Read a review of Ex Cathedra's premiere of Seven Angels

Listen to Ian Carpenter's In Paradisum


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


Tickets are available in four price bands:

Central stalls and central balcony £24 (£22 concessions)
Front row of side balconies, side stalls £22 (£20 concessions)
Side stalls (some restricted view) and second row of side balcony £16 (£14 concessions)
Front two rows of side stalls and third row of side balcony £12 (£10 concessions)

Students in full time education £6
Under 18s £4

For tickets bought through St George's box office, booking fees will apply: £1 administration fee charged per transaction plus £1 card transaction fee and 70p postage where applicable. For tickets bought through Exultate Singers' box office there is no booking fee.

How to book

• Telephone St George's box office on 0845 40 24 001, open Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 6pm

• Or purchase from St George's box office in person. The box office is open for personal callers Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 6pm.

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