To mark Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, Bristol Classical Players and Bristol Cabot Choir join forces for his epoch-making 9th Symphony. This mighty work has been used to mark numerous world events (notably the fall of the Berlin Wall, 30 years ago) and has since been adopted as the anthem of Europe. Inspired by Schiller’s Ode to Joy, Beethoven produced a masterpiece that has influenced every composer since and which pointed the way for countless new directions in music.
One of those influenced was Wagner, to whom Beethoven’s 9th was something of a sacred rite and whose festival at Bayreuth opened with a performance of the work. Tonight, we begin with Wagner’s uplifting overture to Die Meistersinger, followed by Vaughan Williams’s hymn to transcendence: a setting of Walt Whitman, Toward the Unknown Region, which celebrates those who ‘farther sail’ beyond what most mortals dare to imagine. This description could hardly be better suited to Beethoven, whom Wagner himself called ‘ a Titan, wrestling with the Gods’.
Tom Gauterin (Wagner, Beethoven)
Rebecca Holdeman (Vaughan Williams)
Charlotte-Anne Shipley (soprano)
Jenna Brown (mezzo)
Mike Gormley (tenor)
Martin le Poidevin (baritone)
Why not pre-order a sharing platter or soup to enjoy ahead of the concert?
Bookable here or via the link above with your tickets, up to 48 hours ahead of the event.
With soup, bar snacks and ice cream available to order on the night.