Bristol Choral Society: Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle

Rossini’s setting of the Mass in his own inimitable style – described by the composer himself as the last of his ‘sins of old age’ – belies its title, being neither particularly small nor solemn.

Rossini wrote on the score: ‘Is it indeed sacred music (la musique sacrée) that I have just written, or merely some damned music (la sacré musique)? You know well, I was born for comic opera. Little science, a little heart, that is all. So may you be blessed, and grant me Paradise!’

Lively and joyous, full of memorable tunes, wit and irrepressible vitality, an impressive line-up of artists assemble to perform this almost irreverent Italian operatic take on the liturgical text in the glorious setting of Bristol Cathedral.

Conductor Adrian Partington

Piano Steven Kings
Harmonium Mark Lee

Soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers
Mezzo-soprano Olivia Ray
Tenor John Pierce
Bass Simon Thorpe

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