Wednesday 5th December 2012
Organist – Paul Walton
The Fitzhardinge Consort is one of Bristol’s leading specialist ensembles in the field of sacred choral music. Formed in May 2011, the group has quickly established itself an excellent reputation for its quality and balance of tone and thrilling interpretations of some of the canon’s finest masterpieces. It brings together musicians living and working in Bristol with personnel predominantly drawn from the choir of Bristol Cathedral and students at the University of Bristol. The singers are active professionals who work extensively with the consort and other groups throughout the West Country and beyond.
The consort's Lamenta concert series of music for Lent and Passiontide saw it perform to large audiences across the West Country and South Wales. In addition it has recorded two CDs, the first, Victoria’s sublime six-part setting of the Requiem, receiving particular acclaim and selling out at each venue in the Lent concert series. One of the consort’s main aims is to disseminate this music as widely as possible, both geographically and in terms of the ‘type’ of audience. The group is committed to breaking down the unhelpful barriers erected by some lovers of classical music; it hopes to appeal to a broader public and make the genre of sacred music accessible to new audiences.
"Music by Byrd, Tallis, Lotti, Poulenc, Holst and Sanders was sung unaccompanied throughout and the tonal quality, diction and dynamic interpretation were superb"
There is Music in the Midst of Desolation: A Concert of Remembrance
We were proud to be part of this fitting tribute to Lt. Andrew Chesterman (1986-2012) who was an exemplary Officer of the 3rd Battalion, The Rifles— at St Peter's Church, Henleaze.
Many thanks to those who supported the concert and helped us raise money for Care for Casualties in his name.