advent reflection poster 2010 by hkksew3563rd



Director: Theresa Caudle

            Bristol Evening Post
Advent Reflections                               Peter Leech
Even though the charming Magnificat once          A musician with over 20 years experience as a choral and
attributed to the famous Italian composer         orchestral conductor, his repertoire ranges from medieval
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-36) might       to contemporary, specialising in late Renaissance and
be by his teacher, the much less famous           early Baroque periods. An international award-winning
Francesco Durante, the work itself is no less     conductor (First Prize at the Mariele Ventre International
exciting, or inspiring. Join Harmonia Sacra       Choral Conducting Competition, (2003), he has directed
and Canzona as we celebrate the 300th anni-      European and Australasian amateur and professional
versary of Pergolesi’s birth with a perform-     ensembles with critical acclaim.
ance of this delightful work, alongside a rare   In the UK Peter’s current conducting posts comprise
Salve Regina by the Polish baroque master,       Aylesbury Choral Society, Collegium Singers, Harmonia
Grzegorz Gorczycki, ushering in the Advent       Sacra, Cappella Fede and Wells Tallis Voices, with past
season with the ethereal and uplifting sounds    permanent or guest directorships having included Bristol
of baroque choral music accompanied by           Bach Choir, City of Oxford Choir, Cathedral Singers of
orchestra in the superb acoustics of St Tho-     Christ Church, Oxford, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
mas the Martyr.                                  Chorus, Yeovil Chamber Choir, St Hugh Singers, Bristol
The concert will run for 75 minutes with-        Philharmonic Orchestra, Frideswide Ensemble, Canzona,
out an interval                                  and Chameleon Arts Orchestra. In recent years he has
                                                 also conducted Coro Euridice (Bologna), the Coro di
Concessions: Ages 12-18 yrs & over 65’s
                                                 Teatro Comunale (Bologna), City Chamber Orchestra of
                                                 Hong Kong, The Song Company (Sydney), Ensemble
                                                 Eszterhaza (Melbourne), and New Holland Baroque
St Thomas                                        (Adelaide). Peter has also led choral workshops with
the Martyr                                       Harpenden Choral Society, Daventry Choral Society and
                                                 Cantemus Chamber Choir (Wales), amongst many oth-
                                                 ers, and with the majority of UK Early Music Fora.
                                                 Peter is Chairman of the South West Early Music Forum
                                                 and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Arts
                                                 and Humanities at Swansea University. He is a regular
                                                 contributor to Early Music, and has written for other
                                                 scholarly journals such as Eighteenth-Century Music,
                                                 Music & Letters and Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu.
                                                 Peter’s recently rediscovered keyboard manuscript of
                                                 music attributed to the Jesuit composer Antoine Selosse
                                                 (1621-87) has been recorded on the Deux Elles CD label
                                                 by Terence Charlston.
                                                 Since its formation in 1992, Canzona has established
                                                 itself as one of England’s leading ensembles specialising
                                                 in performing baroque music on period instruments. The
                                                 core of the group comprises two violins and continuo, but
                                                 Canzona is regularly enlarged to orchestral proportions,
 The Church of St Thomas the                     particularly for its collaborations with various choirs.
 Martyr                                          The ensemble has performed with many eminent col-
                                                 leagues such as the conductors Stephen Layton, Harry
 Directions: St Thomas Street; south west Christophers and Brian Kay, and singers Emma Kirkby,
 of Bristol Bridge near intersection of Red-     James Bowman, Ian Bostridge and Peter Harvey. It has
 cliff Street and Victoria Street.               given performances in the Spitalfields and Three Choirs
 Accessibility: The church has ramp for Festivals and appeared at St. John’s, Smith Square and
 the interior step, but there are exterior steps The Royal Festival Hall to mention just a few; and was
 up from the footpath at both doors.             Ensemble in Residence at Magdalen College, Oxford in
 Parking: There is metered parking on the 2003 and 2004.
 road outside of the church, and in neighbour- Canzona’s recording of Campra motets has met with
 ing roads near the church.                      much critical acclaim.

To top