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The Bristol Magna Carta, 1216

800th Anniversary Concert

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Sat 12 November 2016

The Bristol Magna Carta, 1216

800th Anniversary Concert

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Sat 12 November 2016,

Online ticket sales closed at 11:00 on Friday 11 November. The remaining tickets will be available on the door from 14.30 on Saturday 12 November.

The first Magna Carta – Great Charter – was sealed at Runnymede (near Windsor) in 1215. A temporary peace treaty between King John and his barons, it lasted a few weeks. War followed, including a French invasion (at the invitation of the rebel barons). Then, in 1216, John died. The second Magna Carta was issued in Bristol on 12 November 1216 – in the first weeks of the reign of King Henry the Third: the 9-year-old son of King John.

Bristol’s 800th anniversary concert will include choral works from the time of the sealing of the Magna Cartas of 1215 and 1216. Bath’s Chandos Singers are one of that city’s leading chamber choirs. Their Magna Carta concert in Bath last year was described as ‘absolutely beautiful’. St James’ Priory is the oldest building in Bristol. It has links to the 1216 Bristol Magna Carta and wonderful acoustics.

The programme will be interspersed with historical insights from Peter Fleming of the University of the West of England. These will set out the relevance, now, of the two documents.

After the concert, from about 16.30, tea, coffee and cake will be for sale.

All proceeds from this event will go to Freedom from Torture (there will also be a collection). Freedom from Torture provides therapeutic and clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in the UK, as well as striving to protect and promote their rights. To get involved locally, email bristolandbathfft@gmail.com or call 0117 401 8216.

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This event is part of the Bristol800 Universities Showcase Weekender. Bristol800 is supported by:

Arts Council England, Bristol & Bath Cultural Destinations, Bristol City Council, The Society of Merchant Venturers, University of Bristol, University of the West of England

 

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