Bristol800: The Bristol Magna Carta, 1216

Bristol800: The Bristol Magna Carta, 1216

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St James Priory

Whitson Street



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The Bristol Magna Carta, 1216: 800th Anniversary Concert
Saturday 12 November 2016, 15:00-16:30
St James Priory, Whitson Street, Bristol BS1 3NZ
£10/£5 (Concession for FULL TIME STUDENTS only)

Please note that seating is unreserved and on chairs, pews and benches. Some have restricted views, so please arrive early to choose your seat. Doors open 14.30.

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.


Online ticket sales close at 11:00 on Friday 11 November. Any remaining tickets will be available on the door from 14.30 on Saturday 12 November but we advise advance booking to avoid disappointment.

Please note that you will be asked of proof for your eligibility of a concession ticket. Concessions apply to Full Time Students ONLY. We offer free tickets for carers accompanying tickets buyers, get in touch to arrange this.

Please ensure you use the correct email address. This is where your ticket will be sent. If you do not provide the correct address, you will not receive the acknowledgement email or ticket. You must bring your ticket with you to gain entry.

Please note we only refund tickets if the event is cancelled. Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit or issue refunds to latecomers.

The Festival of Ideas endeavours to hold its events in venues that are accessible to all. St James Priory is wheelchair accessible with lift access to a disabled toilet. If you have any queries about your visit to the church, please contact them direct on 0117 929 9100.

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