Mark Lawrence composer
Claire Williamson writer
Celebrating the life and times of St George’s – ‘history’s witness, standing strong in the winds of change’, The Hall on the Hill is a brand new community opera, commissioned by the venue and created by composer Mark Lawrence and writer Claire Williamson with the invaluable help of some of Bristol’s amazing school children!
This whistle-stop journey through the past 200 years takes in how the church came to be built, major local happenings in Queen Square (1831 Riots) and on Brandon Hill (1832 Reform Bill Celebration Dinner – which didn’t go quite to plan!), the building’s war-time use and the bomb that very nearly sealed a different fate, right up to St George’s rebirth as a home for music.
The cast of 200 includes young singers from Begbrook and St George Primary Schools, St George’s own South Bristol Cosmos Children’s Community Choir, Music Box Children’s Opera Group, and a Community Choir including members of Gurt Lush, Big Friendly Choir, St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School Choir and St George’s team of volunteers. Add to this a chamber group of professional and student players, experienced vocal soloists Esther Mallett and Martin Le Poidevin, all under the expert direction of Mark Lawrence (music), Rhian Hutchings (drama) and Sam Pine (designer), and it promises to be an exhilarating homage to our story so far!
This is the rescheduled performance, postponed on 1 March
Premiere photography by Simon Camper