Ikon: Music for the Russian and Greek Orthodox churches

Saturday 12th October at 7.30pm
St James' Priory

As part of the Bristol Festival of Song 2013, Exultate Singers performs an atmospheric programme of music written for the Russian and Greek Orthodox churches, including works by John Tavener, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Chesnokov, Schnittke and Grechaninov.

This is music of pure theatre - passionate, lyrical and hypnotic. Exultate Singers is known for its engaging performances, making use of the building's spatial effects with singers placed in different positions around the church throughout the concert. For particular pieces of music, the singers encircle the audience, enveloping it with stunning live surround sound, a spellbinding experience.

Exultate Singers is Bristol’s accomplished chamber choir of 40 singers which has appeared on Classic FM, on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 and BBC television including The One Show and Songs of Praise.


Rachmaninov - Excerpts from the Vespers (All-Night Vigil)
Chesnokov - Svete tikhiy
Tavener - You mantle yourself in light
Tavener - Mother of God here I stand
Schnittke - Sej trud, shto natchinal from Concerto for Mixed Chorus
Grechaninov - The Cherubic Hymn Op. 29
Tchaikovsky - Otche nash Op. 41
Tchaikovsky - Blazheni yazhe izbral
Traditional - Kontakion and Ikos
Tavener - Song for Athene
Chesnokov - Da ispravitsya molitva moya Op. 24 no.6
Tavener - As one who has slept
Rachmaninov - The Cherubic Hymn Op. 31 no. 8


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

Doors open at 7pm.


Tickets are £15 for adults, £13 for concessions, £5 for students in full time education and £2 for under 18s

• Buy online from the Exultate Singers' shop until midnight on Friday 11th October

• Telephone the box office Opus 13 on 0117 942 8779, open from 9am until 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Tickets on sale via the phone line until 5.30pm on Friday 11th October, card payments accepted.

• Or buy on the door from 7pm on the evening of the concert (payment by cash or cheque only).

Seats are unreserved.

A preview of the music

Friends of Exultate Singers

Friends of Exultate Singers tickets are £11.25 for adults, £9.75 for concessions, £3.75 for students in full time education and £1.50 for under 18s

Friends of Exultate Singers pay an annual or lifetime subscription and can book up to two tickets with a 25% discount (up to four tickets for joint memberships) at the shop, and can arrange to have seats reserved for them by contacting David Brown, Friends co-ordinator by email at friends@exultatesingers.org.

Click here to find out more about becoming a Friend.

Here's what some audience members at previous concerts have said about Exultate Singers:

"What a special night in a beautiful setting! I was particularly struck by the range and variety of the music you performed. Thank you all so much for bringing this music to us and long may you continue."

"No one wanted to break the spell with applause! We left walking on air, our minds filled with your wondrous sounds."

"To come in out of the freezing cold to the glorious building of St James & the ethereal sounds of Exultate - my companion said she thought she'd gone to heaven & 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!"

"We are indeed privileged to live in a city that boasts such an outstanding choir."

"It's always a pleasure to hear Exultate Singers. I love the voices, first of all and you must be doing something right if the singers are still with you after 10 years! What I particularly appreciate is the varied programmes you put together. The variety is immense. Well-known pieces co-habit with unheard of ones and the various languages (English, Greek, Latin and French last night) add some spice and broaden the spectrum. Not to mention your excellent contact with the audience."

How to find St James' Priory

View St James' Priory, Whitson Street, Bristol BS1 3NZ in a larger map


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 info@exultatesingers.org.


Gathering Voices Bristol Festival of Song 2013

St James Priory