Speranza, Music of Hope – Free Lunchtime Recital

Speranza return to the New Room for another lunchtime recital in our beautiful 18th Century chapel.
Kath Sugden, flute
Charles Sugden, cello
Julian Williams, piano

Lunchtime recitals are free with a retiring collection.

Speranza was founded in Moscow in 2007. It developed from the work of the Christian charity Crescendo and was designed as a flexible chamber group performing in a wide variety of venues. It has since relocated to the UK and has performed a wide range of concerts featuring flute, cello, piano and other instruments.

Kath Sugden BMus, PGCE, LTCL studied music at Cardiff University. Having taught for a number of years, she moved to Russia and set up Crescendo, working mostly with conservatoire students across Russia. There she studied with Valentina Daktyrova at the Gnesin Academy. She has performed in venues across Europe and is particularly interested in music from the 20th Century.

Charles Sugden studied history at Cambridge though he was formerly a music scholar at Radley College. Having started as a flautist, he has since developed as a cellist, which he plays most often at Speranza concerts. As well as being a performing musician, Charles is also the chaplain of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Julian Williams started playing the piano at the age of 6 and the clarinet at the age of 10. He served in both the Somerset and the National Youth Orchestras as clarinetist. Julian studied music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he developed his gift of composition. Julian is rector at Nursling and Rownhams Churches. He is an avid cyclist and Francophile and has recently returned from a strenuous tour of the Massif Central.

John Wesley's New Room

John Wesley’s New Room is a heritage site in the heart of Bristol. It houses a museum, library, café, events and hire space. It is home to the original 18th century chapel that started the Methodist movement.

It also houses an award-winning Café and a vast reference Library. John Wesley’s New Room hosts a range of art, music and family events and is also available to hire.

Explore the Museum of John & Charles Wesley’s life and work in Bristol.

John Wesley’s New Room is the oldest Methodist building in the world, located right in the heart of Bristol city centre. Founded in 1739 by John Wesley, the New Room became the cradle of the worldwide Methodist movement.

This is the place that completes the story of Bristol. This is the Room that changed the World.

It is a place where everyone is welcome to explore, step back, take time, reconnect and recharge.

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