Faith Arts programme
January Lunchtime Live Concerts
1.10pm to 1.55pm. Free entry. Retiring collection
Featured Concert of the Month
Wednesday 23rd Andreas Moutsioulis and Clarissa Payne:
Contemporary Classical Guitar and Flute
Andreas Moutsioulis is a Greek-born guitarist and arranger with performing experience in Europe and America. After his university studies in Greece and at the Mozartium in Salzburg, he attended masterclasses with distinguished guitarists such as John Williams, Leo Brouwer, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Costas Cotsiolis, Ricardo Gallen, Marco Tamayo and Jorge Morel.
He constantly seeks to broaden the repertoire of the guitar , making his own transcriptions of works for solo guitar as well as for ensembles.
In October 2012 he recorded his second CD album which is to be released during 2013. The album contains his own transcriptions of orchestral works by J. Rodrigo, A. Piazzolla and M. Theodorakis, played by unaccompanied guitar.
Clarissa Payne was born in Somerset and won places at Wells Cathedral School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Kirsten Spratt, Sarah Newbold and Ian Clarke.
She has worked all over the world as a teacher, performer and writer; from London to Kenya and from Iceland to Abu Dhabi. Clarissa has performed and recorded with classical, jazz, rock and folk musicians as well as actors and circus artists.
Andreas and Clarissa began working together in 2012. They are particularly interested in finding and performing new repertoire from around the world.
The programme includes works by Villa-Lobos, Albeniz, de Falla, Piazzolla and Bartok.
Further Concerts this January
Monday 7th Zoe Wren singer-songwriter. Zoë is a Camden based singer songwriter, fusing a mix of genres from rock to country to jazz with her biggest influence, folk, both traditional and modern. She has often been compared to singers such as Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman Her song 45 Fever was released by Folkroom Records in October 2012; her first appearance was aged 13 at an open mic at Cambridge Folk Festival (pic).
Wednesday 9th The Black Feathers: Songs of love, life, and death. English folk influences, some Irish heritage, and large splash ofAmericana inspiration, all held together with closeBluegrass harmonies. From their debut in May 2012, The Black Feathers have been touring the country, captivating audiences everywhere.
Monday 14th Paul Ashley Bristow is a Bristol singer, writer and crafter of songs. He came to our attention when sitting in with rapper Zion Flex in November. His skill on the steel string guitar and ethereal tenor voice really held our attention.
Wednesday 16th Operatic Arias and other songs. Doug Foote Tenor David Foote Baritone. David Ridley Accompanist. Verdi, Puccini, Bellini (pic) and Romberg. Opera-trained Doug is a keen supporter of music at Saint Stephens and often gives advice on voice production to other singers here. He is joined by his son David and recent music student David Ridley who featured to great acclaim at a St Georges Hall concert a year ago.
Monday 21st Keith Hyett: Guitarscapes (pic). Sound-poet and Severn estuary dweller Keith ‘paints’ on guitar, taking you for walks through moonlit forests into starlit clearings, up a tower on the Cotswold edge, along a mill stream tumbling through water wheel to tranquil pools.
Monday 28th Mark Darkside. Piano-based singer-songwriter, taking inspirtation from the mischievious lyricisim of Björk, the inquisitive introspection of Joni Mitchell, and the rippling, undulating piano of Tori Amos. Check out www.markdarkside.co.uk
Wednesday 30th classical organ recital from John Davenport. Playing Bach, Cesar Frank and other works.
Bringing Yourself to the Table – Expressions Group Art Installation, December 2012
Music can provide “a thin place” to connect with Creation, the source. Saint Stephen’s music programme is led by David Mowat.
Saint Stephen’s holds a facilitated public listening circle in the space before the Bristol Reconciliation Reredos, for an honest sharing of the issues which might divide people. See here for more information.
Dance is missing from Christian tradition, yet a way to feel in the flow, connect with Creation. Movement Meditation workshops in the church with dancer and choreographer, Judith Jarvis, aim to redress this imbalance.
Events in 2010
The harbourside church blessed slave-trading ships and grew wealthy through merchants’ donations. Saint Stephen’s is making an artistic response to this complex legacy.
Saint Stephen’s invited young people to learn stone carving and build community in the summer. It reissued and expanded the stone-carving invitation in September 2010.
Christmas with a Difference included a choral concert of French carols and Midnight Christ Mass with sacred sound.