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The High Sheriff of Bristol’s

2018 Concert

Celtic Connections

Photo by Rhys Frampton

Friday 8 June

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Roger Opie DL

I am delighted to welcome you to Bristol Cathedral for this year’s High Sheriff’s concert. It has been an enormous pleasure to put together a programme of music, which I hope everyone will enjoy. It features some of the most evocative sounds of Cornwall and Wales, which reflect our family roots and heritage and underscores the connection between Bristol and its nearest Celtic neighbours. We are fortunate to have two of Bristol’s most established professional musicians as co-directors of the concert. William Goodchild will conduct and Roger Huckle will lead Bristol Ensemble throughout the evening. Welsh harpist, Catrin Finch, one of the most accomplished musicians of her generation, presents an exquisitely beautiful playlist, bound to delight in this glorious setting. In celebration of Welsh song, Côr y Gleision from Cardiff will perform a blend of well loved and lesser known Welsh airs and hymns. In a change of tone and tempo a choir from the Oasis Primary Academies of Long Cross and Bankleaze will regale us with Cornish songs and shanties joined by our special guest, award-winning folk singer, Steve Knightley. My sincere thanks to all of this evening’s performers for their magnificent contribution to this event.

WELCOME

Welcome from the High Sheriff of Bristol

The privileged position of High Sheriff carries a range of responsibilities and duties, allowing the post holder to make connections and generate influence. My own particular passion is to raise self esteem in less fortunate young people and promote social mobility. One of the charities that the concert will benefit is Bristol Youth and Community Action (BYCA), which provides holiday activities for hundreds of young Bristolians in some of the city’s most disadvantaged communities. The other is Bristol Cathedral Trust, which preserves and maintains the fabric of this ancient and much-loved Cathedral, enabling it to continue to be a resource for everyone. This concert would not have been possible without the commitment and generosity of our sponsors and advertisers. A particular thank you also to the Cathedral staff for their time, energy and guidance in helping to make this event a success. Finally I am most grateful to all of you here this evening and to those who were unable to attend but have sent much appreciated donations. I hope very much that you will enjoy this distinctive selection of music as much as we do.

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PROGRAMME

PART ONE Bristol Ensemble conducted by William Goodchild Poldark Suite Anne Dudley, arr. Jean Hasse

Bristol Première

Catrin Finch, solo harp Prelude from Violin Partita No 3 Johann Sebastian Bach La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin Claude Debussy Arrival of the Queen of Sheba George Frideric Handel

Songs of Wales Part 1 Côr y Gleision conducted by Richard Vaughan Cwm Rhondda John Hughes, arr. Jeff Howard Pantyfedwen M. Eddie Evans, arr. Jeff Howard Ave Maria Richard Vaughan Tangnefeddwyr Eric Jones

Catrin Finch, solo harp Introduction, Cadenza and Rondo Elias Parish Alvars Libertango Astor Piazzolla

Songs and Shanties of Cornwall Steve Knightley (voice) with Preludes Choir from Long Cross and Bankleaze Oasis Primary Academies Lamorna Trad. We’re bound for South Australia Trad. Cornish Farewell Shanty Trad.

Interval with drinks 4

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Roger Huckle, violin, with Bristol Ensemble conducted by William Goodchild Summer from the Four Seasons Recomposed Antonio Vivaldi/Max Richter

Catrin Finch, harp, with Bristol Ensemble conducted by William Goodchild Celtic Concerto Catrin Finch I. JigAJig

II. Hiraeth

III. Solstice

PROGRAMME

PART TWO

Songs of Wales Part 2 Côr y Gleision conducted by Richard Vaughan Pan Fo’r Nos Yn Hir Ryan Davies Suo Gân Trad. Meilyr Hedd, soloist Anfonaf Angel Robert Arwyn Hen Ferchetan Trad.

Bristol Ensemble conducted by William Goodchild Delkiow Sivy Russell Pascoe

World Première

Côr y Gleision and Bristol Ensemble conducted by Richard Vaughan Blaenwern William Penfro Rowlands

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PERFORMERS

Catrin Finch, harp Internationally renowned harpist Catrin Finch is one of the most accomplished harpists of her generation, and has been delighting audiences with her peformances across the UK and worldwide since the age of five. She started her studies in Wales with Elinor Bennett, achieving the highest mark in the UK for her Grade 8 ABRSM exam at the tender age of nine, and then went on to study at the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music with Skaila Kanga, graduating with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence in 2002.   In 2000 she had the honour of reviving the ancient tradition of Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, a position she held until 2004. This was last held during Queen Victoria’s reign in 1873. Since then, she has performed extensively throughout the USA, South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Europe, both as a soloist, and appearing with many of the world’s top orchestras.    She has recorded for most of the major international recording companies including Universal Records, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI and Sony Classical.

Roger Huckle, violin Born in Bristol, Roger studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Frederick Grinke. Roger was a member of Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic, and now performs with leading UK orchestras, including co-leading the London Concertante and Opera Box Orchestra. Roger appreciates Bristol Ensemble players’ musical hunger and real commitment to the group’s performances. He always aims for heart-felt music-making, and fondly recalls the transcendent spirituality of a 2004 Emerald Messiah. Although his favourite journey is Bergen to Oslo by road, he loves Bristol’s Downs, and describes the tip of Worms Head at Rhossili in Gower as his favourite place in the world.

Bristol Ensemble Roger Huckle has been the inspiration and guide for Bristol Ensemble since its foundation in 1994. It is Bristol’s only professional chamber orchestra and a cherished musicians’ collective of exceptional standard. The Ensemble comprises a core of 25 musicians, all experienced players in a range of musical genres, and can offer flexible configurations, from piano trio through to full symphony orchestra. It holds a pivotal position in South West music, presenting a varied programme of concerts and events in the region’s major venues.

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An award-winning composer and conductor, William writes music for film, television, concert performance and commercial installation. He has scored over 80 films for the major broadcasters. William has collaborated with a wide variety of international soloists including guitarist John Williams, singer Tom Jones, and saxophonist Andy Sheppard. His passion for working across styles led to a live and recorded collaboration with Mercury Prize-Winner, Roni Size & Reprazent. Their album, Live at the Colston Hall, was released in November 2015. Also at the Colston Hall, with Sir David Attenborough presenting, William orchestrated and conducted BBC’s Nature’s Great Events Live to a sell-out audience. The BBC’s Wild China series, orchestrated and conducted by Will, won an Emmy for Sound and Music. Many recordings conducted by William are available on Sony Classical, Universal Classical, and CBS. He has worked regularly with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bristol Ensemble. William is also Artistic Director and Conductor of Bristol Symphony Orchestra.

Côr y Gleision

Steve Knightley, voice Steve Knightley is a multi awardwinning singer-songwriter/musician and founder member of widely acclaimed folk/acoustic roots trail-blazers, Show of Hands.

PERFORMERS

William Goodchild, conductor

Steve boasts an impressive back catalogue and he’s regularly cited by emerging artists as a source of inspiration. His enduring appeal is perhaps in some part due to the fact that he is as at home in a folk club in East Devon, as he is gracing the stage of a sell-out Royal Albert Hall concert. The Show of Hands fanbase extends to luminaries such as Peter Gabriel, who has described them as “one of the great English bands”. With Steve’s songwriting and commentary more razor-sharp and relevant than ever, he continues to remain at the cuttingedge of folk, roots and acoustic music. “Committed and distinctive songs of love, conscience and history.” BBC Radio 2

Preludes Bristol Plays Music provides partnership funding to Bristol Ensemble’s Preludes. This is an innovative music education programme starting in reception. The programme targets schools in challenging areas of the city, and provides a high quality holistic learning experience that teaches the fundamentals of classical music through whole class ensemble teaching. Pupils in KS1 are able to access Preludes.

Côr y Gleision is based in Cardiff and performs traditional and contemporary classical works and Welsh favourites. The choir rehearses weekly under the leadership of its Musical Director, Richard Vaughan, and Accompanist and Assistant Musical Director, Rhiannon Pritchard. ...................................................................................................................................... Celtic Connections

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PROGRAMME NOTES

Poldark Suite

Bristol Première

"Poldark", "Resurgam", "The Balmaidens," composed by Anne Dudley and arranged by Jean Hasse (2018) Taking as its basis the full orchestral version of Anne Dudley's Poldark Suite, from the BBC series Poldark, this new arrangement for strings, piano and percussion has been created especially for this concert, and was commissioned by Roger and Mary Opie. Jean Hasse

Pieces for solo harp These pieces are all great examples of what a harp and harpist can do. The French harpist, Marcel Grandjany’s arrangements of some of Bach’s unaccompanied violin and cello works, have become standard harp repertoire. The Prelude from Violin Partita No 3 is my favourite from the collection. The Bach is followed by a little gem from Debussy, La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin. Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba is a piece that everyone will recognise! Elias Parish-Alvars was known as the “Liszt of the harp” because of his formidable technique. He left behind a considerable amount of repertoire, including Introduction, Cadenza and Rondo. Many of his works are played frequently within the harp world and fully explore the instrument’s capabilities. I explored Astor Piazzola’s music following a trip to Argentina and Patagonia in 2015. Libertango is a personal favourite. Catrin Finch

Lamorna and South Australia Lamorna is a traditional folk song associated with Cornwall. It deals with the courtship of a man and a woman. The title comes from Lamorna, a village in west Cornwall. The song became popular there during the 1960s and 70s through performance in Cornish folk clubs South Australia is a sea shanty - a song sung by traders who worked the clipper ships to and from Australian ports. Like most shanties of this type, it was sung to a flexible combination of customary verses. The song was of indefinite length, and created by supplying solo verses to a two-part refrain followed by a grand chorus. A recent recording by Fisherman’s Friends from Port Isaac has been a huge success.

Cousin Jack Cornish emigration was caused by a number of factors, mainly economic, notably a lack of work in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many Cornish people or “Cousin Jacks”, as they were known, migrated to other parts of the world in search of a better life. Rugby Union was played overseas by the Cornish miners which helped develop the game in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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PROGRAMME NOTES

Summer, from The Four Seasons Recomposed

Composed by Antonio Vivaldi and Max Richter (2012) Like many composers, Max Richter was always fascinated by Antonio Vivaldi’s 1725 composition because, “The Four Seasons is an omnipresent piece of music and like no other part of our musical landscape”. Richter was also aware that, for many, including himself, the work had long ago ceased to be something of beauty, and had instead become an ever present piece of muzak: “You hear it in the supermarket regularly, you’re confronted with it in adverts or hear it as muzak when on hold. Slowly you begin to blank it out”. Richter yearned to reconnect with the piece and to re-start the conversation on Vivaldi’s work, and he sought to do so in an accessible style that mirrored Vivaldi’s intentions with the piece, rather than to place a twentieth century Modernist imprint on it. “I wanted to open up the score on a note-by-note level. Working with an existing recording was like digging a mineshaft through an incredibly rich seam, discovering diamonds and not being able to pull them out. That became frustrating. I wanted to get inside the score at the level of the notes and in essence re-write it, re-composing it in a literal way.” In order to do this Richter wrote an entirely new score and recorded it with Daniel Hope and the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester in Berlin.

Celtic Concerto Celtic Concerto was composed by Catrin Finch in 2012 for an album called Blessing she was working on with John Rutter for Deutsche Grammophon. The work is in three movements. The opening, JigAJig, is a playful movement, inspired by the idea of an Irish jig or similar! Technically quite challenging, it uses the whole breadth of the harp in fast moving, constant lines. The middle movement is called Hiraeth, that untranslatable Welsh word, the closest meaning of which is longing. It takes the form of a slow, haunting melody, played both on the harp and accompanying strings, with small references to the popular Welsh song, “Beth yw’r haf imi.” Solstice, the final movement, has a celebratory feel as it tries to depict that magical time of year when the seasons change, and winter or summer arrives. Catrin Finch

Delkiow Sivy

World Première

Delkiow Sivy or, Strawberry Leaves, is an old Cornish folksong about a young maiden who is on her way to pick strawberry leaves which, so the song alleges, can make young girls pretty. For a long time the song was regarded as the earliest Cornish folksong. I first heard the song when Brenda Wootton, the renowned Cornish folksinger came to perform in Helston School whilst I was a teenager. When approached by Roger and Mary and asked for a piece for this concert, Delkiow Sivy seemed like an obvious choice on which to base the work. I’ve also incorporated snatches of other Cornish dance music and typical rhythms in order to reflect Roger’s love of the county of his birth. Russell Pascoe .................................................................................................................................... Celtic Connections

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BRISTOL CATHEDRAL TRUST

Welcome from the Dean of Bristol Cathedral The Very Revd Dr David Hoyle Welcome to our Cathedral. The people of Bristol have come to this building for nearly 900 hundred years. They have come in crowds to mark great occasions and they have come alone to pray over personal sorrow or some new joy. This has always been one of the great gathering places of the city, a place where we can tell the story of Bristol and celebrate. It has also always been a place of music. The present Cathedral Choir sings choral music of the highest standard six days a week. I thank Roger and Mary for creating such a wonderful programme of music for us to enjoy, and for their continued contribution towards the life of our Cathedral. Tonight, in music, we celebrate the life of the city once more, and we celebrate with our High Sheriff. This is a splendid night for city and Cathedral and behind it all is a deep commitment to charity. Great as this city is, it is still a place of hardship and even despair for some. Our acts of charity will not just help those in need, they will bind us closer together as a community that shares a history and a place. We are delighted to have you here and deeply grateful for your support.

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Each year the High Sheriff of Bristol seeks to raise funds through charitable donations and events such as the annual concert. These contributions help build the High Sheriff’s Fund and make a serious contribution towards holiday activities for children mainly aged 8 to 12 who are less advantaged than many others. The High Sheriff’s Fund activities are delivered through a well structured programme known as Bristol Youth and Community Action [BYCA]. You will be aware that Bristol has many areas of social deprivation well above the national average, with some alarming statistics about the life conditions and lack of opportunities for so many young people. Many children go hungry in holiday time. This year the financial need is much greater than in previous years as you may be aware of enforced cuts in local authority spending on youth services. Even more worrying is that while the cuts impact on provision for teenagers, the serious message is that there is little or no public funding for holiday activities for primary school age children. Charitable support is therefore of massive importance to provide holiday support for children who would have little stimulation during school holidays. The impact of our activities on self-esteem, aspiration, working with others, gaining new experiences and simply having fun is considerable! In the long-term, our work does have a positive effect on anti-social behaviour and helps to reduce crime amongst our most vulnerable young people to benefit whole communities. Over the last year examples of activities include creative workshops, cooking, arts and craft, sport, nature study, team work, gardening, trips, drama, adventure playgrounds, family fun days, music technology and DJ workshops. Many programmes are staffed by volunteers in areas including Henbury, Bedminster, St Paul’s, Easton and Hartcliffe. Additionally we help fund Barton Camp set in lovely countryside near Winscombe, providing residential and outdoor experiences for children who otherwise would not enjoy any holiday. Donations are managed by the Quartet Community Foundation, a local charitable organisation with 30 years’ experience of well thought out grant-making and connecting donors with worthy local projects. We really do make a difference! TO DONATE TO BYCA Please send a cheque payable to “High Sheriff’s Fund” to: Quartet Community Foundation Royal Oak House, Royal Oak Avenue, Bristol BS1 4GB or donate online at: www.quartetcommunityf.org.uk/donate and select “High Sheriff’s Fund” when prompted to choose.

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Contacts For further information about either of this evening's charities or to make a donation, please contact: Bristol Cathedral Trust charity number 801008

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High sheriff of Bristol's Concert 2018  

Concert Programme designed by Rachel Goodchild June 2018

High sheriff of Bristol's Concert 2018  

Concert Programme designed by Rachel Goodchild June 2018

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