a trio from last year’s performance, sung by members of Fitz before a moment’s silence held for Notre Dame Cathedral, which had burned the previous night
After the huge success of last year’s performance, The Fitzhardinge Consort returns to Bristol Cathedral for another special Holy Week performance of Dieterich Buxtehude’s stunning cantata cycle, Membra Jesu Nostri, accompanied by The Fitzhardinge Players. The highlight of 2019 for the Consort, this repeat performance promises to be something very special indeed – a moving meditation on the Body of Christ, held in the extraordinary beauty and acoustic of the Cathedral’s Eastern Lady Chapel.
Date: 7 April, 2020 Time: 5:15pm Venue: Bristol Cathedral, Eastern Lady Chapel Tickets: FREE entry, with a retiring collection
The Fitzhardinge Consort is thrilled to be working with Cancer Research UK to put on a Christmas celebration, in the beautiful space of Bristol Cathedral, to thank all the countless people in the South West who have helped the fight against cancer, and to support those affected by the disease.
Some reflections and readings will be interspersed with festive music that will take us from the mystery of Advent to the joy of Christmas. Music will include:
Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt – J. S. Bach Veni, Veni Emmanuel – Kodaly O Magnum Mysterium – Scarlatti A Spotless Rose – Howells
… and much more, including some festive favourites and opportunities for the audience to chip in.
On 29 September 2019 – Michaelmas day – Bristol Cathedral bad farewell to its Dean, David Hoyle, who leaves to become Dean of Westminster. Dr Hoyle has long been a firm friend of The Fitzhardinge Consort, and we wish him all the best for his exciting new vocation.
Happily, however, at evensong on 1 November – All Saints day – the Reverend Michael Johnson will be installed as Canon and Acting Dean of Bristol, and The Fitzhardinge Consort are delighted to have been asked to sing this service. Music selected to mark this wonderful occasion and to celebrate All Saints day includes…
Tomas Luis de Victoria’s epic Magnificat primi toni a 8 and his vivacious O Quam Gloriosum.
The weekend of Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October sees the annual Art on the Hill art trail in Windmill Hill, South Bristol. At 7.30pm on Sunday 6 october, The Fitzhardinge Consort are delighted to be giving a concert at St Michael & All Angels, Windmill Hill, highlighting the relationship of music and art through the ages.
The arts trail sees venues and homes on Windmill Hill open to a broad range of artists and workshops for the weekend. In addition to these many exciting artists exhibiting in their own homes and community spaces, there are workshops for children, a treasure hunt, and live music throughout the weekend.
The beautiful church of St Michael & All Angels is a venue for the arts trail, and a wonderful venue for this concert. Expect our trademark mix of Tudor polyphony and close harmony, but with an artistic slant.
The concert is free to attend, and a retiring collection will be split between the Church and the Consort.
For more information about the various things you can see and experience on the Art on the Hill trail, visit their website at Art on the Hill.
On Saturday 18 May 2019, Fitz joined Bristol Phoenix Choirand the Corelli Orchestra for a performance of J. S. Bach’s great choral work, the Mass in B Minor, in Clifton Cathedral.
Paul Walton conductor Daisy Walford soprano Rob Waters alto Chris Lombard tenor Daniel Robson bass
“The Bristol Phoenix Choir, founded in 1963, is a thriving and highly active ensemble of about 70 singers. Their Conductor is Paul Walton, Assistant Organist of Bristol Cathedral and a good friend of Fitz. We thoroughly look forward to this exciting collaboration.”
Date: Saturday 18 May Time: 7.45pm Venue: Clifton Cathedral, Bristol
Tickets £15 Students £5 Under 16s Free. Available from Opus 13, St Michael’s Hill 0117 9230164, ticket office 07931 812625
On 22 June 2019, Fitz returns to Holy Trinity Church, Abbots Leigh, for a sunny summer’s evening of eclectic repertoire, featuring the Consort‘s first ever performance of J. S. Bach’s virtuosic jewel, Singet dem Herrn. Other repertoire to include…
Two beautiful and contrasting motets by Victoria – Salve Regina (a 8) & Lauda Sion
Sing Joyfully – Byrd
Bring us o Lord God – Harris
Litany to the Holy Spirit – Peter Hurford (died this year)
…then grab a glass of something chilled to enjoy during a jazzier second half, which may see a reappearance of J. S. Bach…
The idyllic village of Abbots Leigh lies a short hop over the suspension bridge from Bristol. To learn more about the venue, click here
This concert is generously supported by Opus 13, Fitzhardinge‘s favourite Bristol music shop. Click their name to visit the website.
On Thursday 15th August, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Assumption, marking the ascent of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. The Fitzhardinge Consort is delighted to be singing Choral Evensong at Bristol Cathedral for this celebration.
Fortunately for musicians, the mother of Christ has inspired some of the most haunting, uplifting, contemplative, beautiful music in the choral repertoire. The service music will be…
Introit: Ave Regina Coelorum – Victoria Magnificat: Buxtehude Nunc Dimittis: Plainsong Anthem: Alma Redemptoris Mater – Victoria Preces & Responses: Byrd
a trio from the performance, sung by members of Fitz before a moment’s silence held for Notre Dame Cathedral
The Fitzhardinge Consort returned to Bristol Cathedral for a special Holy Week performance of Dieterich Buxtehude’s stunning cantata cycle, Membra Jesu Nostri, in the Eastern Lady Chapel, accompanied by a small contingent from the The Fitzhardinge Players – two violins and continuo.
Date: Tuesday 16 April, 2019 Time: 5.15pm Venue: Bristol Cathedral, Eastern Lady Chapel Free admission
Fitz takes a colourful programme to two beautiful Bristol venues. Repertoire ranges from 17th-century Italian polyphony to 21st-century close harmony, featuring J. S. Bach’s magnificent motet Lobet den Herrn. This relaxed event is the perfect way to unwind on a summery Saturday, with a glass or two of something chilled!