Rubbra Revived: Sinfonia Sacra and Beyond

Saturday 15 March 2008, 1.30-4.30pm
Victoria Rooms

Edmund Rubbra (1901-86)

An afternoon workshop preceding a performance of Edmund Rubbra's Sinfonia Sacra (The Resurrection), given by the University of Bristol Choral Society & Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Pickard.
(Programme also includes Mozart: Requiem in D minor)

Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986) considered his Ninth Symphony (Sinfonia Sacra) his most personal achievement. Yet, since itís premiŤre in 1973, it has received only one further public performance, until this eveningís concert. This workshop explores a deeply felt, and highly unusual work, placing it in the context of the composerís life and music and considering its place in the cycle of eleven symphonies that occupied him from 1935 to 1979.

The papers to be given at the workshop are:

  • The Fall and Rise of Edmund Rubbra
    Leo Black (Author of Edmund Rubbra: Symphonist (Boydell Press, 2008))
  • Intertextuality and form in Sinfonia Sacra
    Katrina Buzzard (University of Newcastle)
  • Remembering Rubbra
    The composerís sons, Benedict Rubbra and Adrian Yardley, in conversation with Stephen Banfield

workshop £10 (free to Friends of CHOMBEC)
concert (7.30pm) £12 (Balcony: reserved Ė no concessions); £10 (Auditorium: unreserved - £5 to Friends of CHOMBEC)
To book please telephone 0117 9545032 or email