TreeSong concert

Sunday 29 November 2015 at 4pm
St George’s Bristol

Conductor William Goodchild
Violin Charlie Siem
Leader Roger Huckle

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
William Goodchild TreeSong (premiere)
Vivaldi arr. Max Richter Four Seasons Recomposed


Star violinist Charlie Siem joined professional orchestra The Bristol Ensemble at this family-friendly Sunday afternoon concert to perform Max Richter’s Four Seasons Recomposed, a re-imagining of Vivaldi’s famous work.

The programme also included Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, which consistently tops polls as one of the nation‘s favourite pieces. The solo violin line soars and climbs effortlessly, depicting the flight of the skylark and inspired by George Meredith‘s poem of the same name. Vaughan Williams began writing the work just before outbreak of the First World War and it received its premiere in Shirehampton, Bristol in December 1920.

The final piece in the programme was TreeSong, a new work by William Goodchild based on the ‘song‘ of a tree captured in a project run on Bristol‘s Durdham Downs as part of the city‘s year as European Green Capital, with the support of the PRS for Music Foundation. Every movement from a 150-year-old beech tree was picked up by an array for harp-like sensors installed under the tree from 1st to 4th October. The ethereal and haunting ‘music‘ from the tree forms the basis for Goodchild‘s new work which was premiered at this concert.

Watch the video above to hear TreeSong in full.