Beyond the Wall:
20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Marking 20 years since the end of division between East and West Germany, Exultate Singers gives a concert including music from Estonia, Poland, and the Czech Republic in Clifton Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday.

The programme’s highlight will be the first performance of a new work set in Polish, modern English and Middle English by Roxanna Panufnik, for whose family the fall of the Berlin Wall was a life-changing event. The work, All Shall Be Well, is written for choir and solo cello and will be premiered in this concert by Exultate Singers and the cellist Richard May in the presence of the composer. Panufnik’s music is reflective and passionate and the piece is richly textured, with a sense of joy and optimism.

The concert will also feature music from Eastern Europe including the UK premiere of Petr Eben’s vibrant and uplifting Prague Te Deum, which will be sung in Czech, and personal accounts of the events surrounding the fall of the wall. The author and journalist Peter Millar will speak about his experiences which led to him being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year 1989 for his coverage of the Cold War culminating in the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Expect a fascinating evening of accounts in music and words of the momentous events of November 1989.


Roxanna Panufnik All Shall Be Well - World Premiere
Petr Eben Bitter Earth (sung in Czech) - UK Premiere
Petr Eben Prague Te Deum
Arvo Pärt Berliner Messe (Kyrie and Gloria)
J. S. Bach Sarabande from Cello Suite No 2 (as played by Rostropovich at the Berlin Wall)
J.S. Bach Bourrée in C major
Andrzej Panufnik Song to the Virgin Mary
George Crumb Cello Sonata

Pre-concert discussion

You are also invited to a pre-concert event when Roxanna Panufnik will discuss her new piece with Oliver Condy (Editor of BBC Music Magazine and a member of the choir). This will be held from 7 - 7.25pm in the Apostle Room at Clifton Cathedral. Entry is free.


Sunday 8th November 2009: pre-concert event 7pm; concert at 7.45pm


Clifton Cathedral, Pembroke Road, Bristol BS8 3BX

We won't be able to serve refreshments during the concert because the Cathedral authorities don't allow it, regrettably. There will be a 10 minute break halfway through to allow everyone to stretch their legs.


Tickets are available on the door.

All seats unreserved - £15 (£12 concessions, £5 students, £2 children).
Friends of Exultate Singers: £11.25 (£9 concessions, £3.75 students, £1.50 children).

Beyond The Wall creative writing and art competition

Key Stage 3:
Holly Smith – Gordano School

Runner up:
Hannah Francis – Gordano School

Adam Davison – Beechen Cliff School
Robert Gibbs – Beechen Cliff School
Rachel Hinchcliffe – Gordano School
Danielle Hodges – Gordano School
Suzannah King - Gordano
Sean Le Butt – Beechen Cliff School
Tom Marlowe – Beechen Cliff School
Ross Plain – Beechen Cliff School
Livi Pointon – Gordano School
Fern Warner Clark – Gordano School
Rebecca Wilson – Gordano School

Key Stage 4:
Samuel Palmer – Kings of Wessex School

Runners up:
Luke Joyner – Chew Valley School
Ellen Murphy – Chew Valley School

Rhiannon Slatcher – Chew Valley School
Jamie Strawbridge – Kings of Wessex School

Key Stage 5:
Winner: Daisy Robinson Rattle – Kings of Wessex School

Runners up: Dan Kohn – Backwell School
Mayamiko Kulemaka – Backwell School

Tom Anderson – Kings of Wessex School
Emma Hopkins – Gordano School
Freddie Mehlig – Kings of Wessex School

A prize of £50 to the winning entry in each Key Stage was awarded. The competition will be adjudicated by Peter Millar, author of 1989: The Berlin Wall - My part in its downfall, and award-winning journalist. See the winning and runners-up entries >

Forthcoming appearances

Thursday 17th December 2009 - Carols by Candlelight go

St Bonaventure's church in Bishopston is the new venue for this year's concert of carols and Christmas music.

Listen to an excerpt

Click here for an excerpt of the recording of the world premiere live performance of Roxanna Panufnik's All Shall Be Well

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Richard May - cello

Richard May is one of Britain’s most outstanding cello players. Since winning the BBC TV Young Musician of the Year Competition, String Section, he has pursued an international career as soloist and chamber musician. He has performed most of the major cello concerti with such orchestras as the Basel Symphony, Ulster and BBC Philharmonic.

He has performed throughout the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark, Italy, South Africa, Japan, Chile and the USA, with appearances at the Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Barbican and at festivals in Salzburg, Berlin and Aldeburgh. His London debut recital at the Purcell Room included the world premiere of Five Duos for cello and piano by Colin Matthews, written for him. A recital in Basel of Bach Solo Suites gained critical acclaim for “absolute perfection and virtuosity”. He also gave a recital for the TV series and Chandos CD Solo, featuring British musicians.