Vivaldi Flute Concerto in F-Roger Armstrong-22nd December 2019

Vivaldi Flute Concerto in F-Roger Armstrong-22nd December 2019

Vivaldi Flute Concerto in F-Roger Armstrong-22nd December 2019

Vivaldi Flute Concerto in F-Roger Armstrong-22nd December 2019

A Baroque Christmas
Mhairi Lawson
Concerts and Events
December 22, 2019
7:45 pm

St George’s Bristol
Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
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Bristol Ensemble

  • Mhairi Lawson soprano
  • Roger Armstrong flute
  • Roger Huckle violin
  • Emil Huckle Kleve violin

Guiseppe Torelli Christmas Concerto in G minor Op.8 No.6
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Exultate Jubilate K. 165
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Et incarnatus Est from ‘Great’ Mass in C minor K.427
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043
Jules Massenet Meditation from Thaïs
Antonio Vivaldi Flute Concerto in F, ‘La Tempesta de Mare’ Op. 10 RV433

An exquisite evening of music from the golden era of the Baroque and Classical eras including solo soprano arias sung by Mhairi Lawson.

As a soloist Mhairi has performed in opera houses and concert halls worldwide including English National Opera, Les Arts Florissants, The Gabrieli Consort and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Intricate and flamboyant arias by Mozart feature alongside instrumental concertos performed by principals of the Bristol Ensemble.

The programme includes the delicate and sparkling Christmas Concerto by Torelli as well as Massenet’s beautiful Meditation from Thaïs.

Tickets £25, £18, £14, £12, half price for students in full time education and under 18s.

For tickets bought from St George’s box office online and over the phone, a 5% booking fee applies. A £2 postage fee is charged where applicable. There is no booking fee for tickets bought over the counter at St George’s.

Roger was born in Northern Ireland and emigrated to Australia at the age of 11. He began his flute studies at 15, and after graduating from the Sydney Conservatoire of Music with first class honours spent two years freelancing in Sydney before joining the West Australian SymphonyOrchestra in 1971. Shortly after returning to Britain, he took up the post of sub-principal flute with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra in 1974, a position he held until 1991.

Roger now pursues a varied freelance career, both as a performer and as a teacher. He is principal flute with the National Chamber Orchestra of Wales and teaches at Cardiff University and the Welsh College of Music and Drama. He enjoys musical challenges which are ‘off the beaten track’. He has built his own harpsichord, and is currently engaged in a study of music by an autistic composer.

Roger plays a wooden Powell flute made in 1998.

The Bristol Ensemble is the city’s only professional orchestra, comprising a core of 25 musicians and a further 50 musicians, all experienced players in a range of musical genres. The Ensemble has flexible configurations, from a piano trio through to full symphony orchestra.

The orchestra holds a pivotal position in South West music, presenting a varied programme of concerts and events in the region’s major venues. It was founded in 1994 by its Artistic Director and lead violinist Roger Huckle. Roger studied with Frederick Grinke, and was a regular member of Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic. Roger now dedicates his time to directing and developing the Bristol Ensemble as well as spending time in Bergen, Norway.

Bristol Ensemble
The Ensemble has worked with outstanding international artists and soloists, including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Freddy Kempf, Peter Donohoe, Andrei Gavrilov, Chloë Hanslip, Matthew Barley, Alan Schiller, Willard White, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Andy Shephard, Wayne Marshall, Leslie Garrett, Emma Johnson, Natalia Lomeiko and Jiafeng Chen. The orchestra is known for collaborations with other art forms including film and media work, as well as its highly acclaimed contemporary music series Elektrostatic at the Colston Hall, working with artists such as Gabriel Prokofiev, Juice, Get The Blessing, Charles Johnston, USA group Eighth Blackbird and Bhangra group RSVP. Through Elektrostatic Bristol Ensemble has commissioned over 50 new works by British composers.

Film and TV engagements include music for BBC Bristol Natural History Unit and TV productions such as the David Attenborough series Life in Cold Blood. The Ensemble has also recorded soundtracks for several computer games, and produced several CDs. Among recent films, Any Human Heart won a BAFTA and an Ivor Novello award for best music score for Bristol composer Dan Jones.

In addition to its public performances, the Bristol Ensemble runs Preludes, an education programmes for children. Preludes is an inspirational, long-term classical music education project in which primary school children learn to read music, sing and play a range of instruments in an inclusive and supportive setting. Its success has been celebrated with the award of the inaugural St George’s Prize For Music.