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City of Bristol Choir: Handel's Messiah

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City of Bristol Choir 
Bristol Ensemble
Keri Fuge soprano
Felicity Buckland mezzo soprano
Gavan Ring tenor
Alex Ashworth bass
David Ogden conductor

City of Bristol Choir joins forces with Bristol Ensemble and a fabulous line up of soloists to perform Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, at St George’s Bristol.

The work is full of drama as it tells the story of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection through majestic and thrilling choruses, heartrending and passionate arias, and theatrical recitative, ensuring its enduring popularity.

Conductor David Ogden reinvigorates the masterpiece with the excitement and power of an 80-strong choir and a crack team of soloists who will fill St George’s Bristol with vocal fireworks and passion.

Given as part of the choir’s 30th anniversary season, this performance will bring the work alive for those new to Messiah as well as seasoned listeners.

Keri Fuge – soprano

Fast becoming acknowledged as being among the “future generation of superb sopranos,” Keri Fuge’s voice has been described as having “splendid clarity” and “silvery fire” that “sparkles in glittering numbers.” Her strong stage presence and ability to create “spellbinding pathos” has won her acclaim in the Baroque and mainstream concert and opera repertoire both internationally and in the UK.

Felicity Buckland - mezzo soprano

Felicity Buckland is a versatile and energetic mezzo-soprano, with a busy schedule of professional opera and concert work, educational projects and corporate and private events. She is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, went on to train on the ENO Opera Works programme and has recently appeared in ENO’s production of Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha. She has appeared as a soloist in a wide variety of oratorios including Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, conducted by the composer at Royal Festival Hall. She also performs and records as a professional consort and session singer, including appearing on Eric Whitacre’s Grammy Award-winning choral disc, Light and Gold.

Gavan Ring – tenor

Hailing from Cahersiveen in County Kerry, the Irish tenor Dr Gavan Ring studied at the Schola Cantorum at St Finian’s College Mullingar before reading education and music at Dublin City University. Concert highlights include performances with the London Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms and Lucerne Festival under Sir Simon Rattle, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall under Sir Mark Elder and the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Prinzregententheater under Keri Lynn-Wilson. Recital work includes regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM plus appearances at Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Ludlow English Song Festival collaborating. Opera highlights include leading roles at Opéra Royal de Versailles, Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Garsington Opera, Wexford Festival Opera and Opera Holland Park.

Alex Ashworth – bass

Alex Ashworth studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has sung with opera houses including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera. Alex sings regularly on the concert platform and has worked as a soloist for conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Colin Davis and Paul McCreesh. Alex’s recordings include Œdipus Rex, Stravinsky, with the London Symphony Orchestra, Monteverdi Vespers with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bach’s B Minor Mass for Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists and Handel’s Giulio Cesare for Glyndebourne Festival Opera (DVD).

City of Bristol Choir


Pre-event Food & Drink

Enjoy delicious drinks and light bites from our Café Bar ahead of the event.

Available to pre-order when booking your tickets, you can choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival, accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all Vegetarian). Just select which option – for one or two people – you would like, before checkout.

Your pre-ordered food and drink will be available to collect from the Café Bar from 60 minutes before the event. It’s the perfect way to begin your event experience at St George’s!