Italian composer Ennio Morricone may be best known for his soundtracks for spaghetti westerns, but he also wrote music for many other types of film. The Gurt Lush repertoire includes a number of pieces from his score for the 1986 film The Mission, in which 18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe from the danger of slavery under Portuguese rule. The clip to the right shows Morricone's setting of Ave Maria in the context of the film - and includes an English translation of the words - but the soundtrack music is more clearly heard using this link.
Morricone himself conducted a live performance of Ave Maria in Santiago, Chile, in 2008; the choir here is the Coro Sinfónico de la Universidad de Chile.
Sunday 26 November
North Bristol Arts Trail, St Michael & All Angels Church, Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NT. 4.15-5.45
Saturday 9 December
Charity Carol Singing, Clifton Down Shopping Centre, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday 11 December
Radio Bristol / Bristol Post Carol Concert (Lord Mayor's appeal), Colston Hall, 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 16 December
A Gurt Noel (our official do), St Albans Church, afternoon rehearsals, concert at 7.30 p.m.
Friday 22 December
Carol Singing, Bristol Heart Institute, BRI, 12.30-1.30 pm
25 February 2018
Innovation 216, St Georges (Morning)
28 February and 1 March 2018
The Hall on the Hill, St Georges
3 March 2018
CoMA, The Festival of Contemporary Music for All
2 - 6 May 2018
Calella Festival, Costa de Barcelona
7 July 2018
Summer Spectaular featuring WWI Suite, St Georges