An outstanding evening of classical and choral music
THIS past Friday night the Colston Hall played host to an evening of classical and choral music that saw some of the best local and international talent come together to present it, with Bristol's Exultate Singers, the Bristol Ensemble and the City of Bristol Choir forming the basis of the presentation of four pieces of music from the mid-20th century.
The evening began with Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, a short piece that has been used countless times in TV and Film since its debut in 1942.
Compared with the delicate, sombre air that the other pieces evoke and despite the skill of the performers involved, it's hard not to single out the Fanfare as a misstep in an otherwise outstanding evening of music.
The other, smaller piece of music was Ralph Vaughan Williams most famous work, The Lark Ascending. Callum Smart, winner of the BBC's Young Musician Competition in 2010 absolutely nailed the violin solo.
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The choral music formed the bulk of the evening's entertainment, beginning with Herbert Howells' gentle, initially downbeat Hymnus Paradisi. William Walton's cantata, Belshazzar's Feast, closed the evening and the choir were accompanied by Grammy award- winning Jonathan Lemalu, with his tremendous, bone-shaking bass baritone vocals.