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[Translate to English:] Eric Idle
Eric Idle

„Not The Messiah: He’s A Very Naughty Boy. A Comic Oratorio by Eric Idle and John Du Prez“

In 2007 Eric Idle created together with the composer John Du Prez a musical opus, which he called “A Comic Oratorio”. It is based on the comedy film “The Life of Brian” (1979) and titled “Not The Messiah: He’s A Very Naughty Boy”. It ends like the film with the song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. Orchestra & choir of the University of Bremen will perform it as a German premiere on Saturday, February 1st 2020 at 8 p.m. in the “Glocke” venue in Bremen. Admission is 30/24/18/12 €, reduced 15/12/9/6 €. Advance booking starts in october at Nordwest Ticket und Eventim.


New Members…

… are welcome in both ensembles. Participation in the choir requires the ability to read notes as well as experience in choir singing. The orchestra has free places in the oboe and the  strings. Especially for this project the orchestra is looking for two guitars (electric and acoustic), an accordion and an organ (pipe or electric organ). Members of the university are invited to join the project’s first rehearsal without an application. You will find detailed appointments for rehearsing at the bottom of this page. External members and all instruments except strings must contact Dr. Susanne Gläß in advance by email: sglaessprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de. Students may gain 3 CP in General Studies. For new members reading the information “How do orchestra and choir work?” is recommended.


A seminar on "Not The Messiah"

What is the biblical background of the comedy movie “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” (1979)? What makes people laugh at it? And what is comedy basically? Is the movie blasphemous? What about its reception? How are the comic aspects of the movie transferred into the composition of the oratorio?
The seminar will discuss these and further questions which are related to culture, film and music science, theology and politics. The results will be finally published at a public introduction into the opus in the “House of Science” as part of the lectures “Knowledge at 11” on January 18th 2020 by the members of the seminar. They will also write the printed program (24 pages) for the concert of orchestra and choir at the end of the winter semester.
A musical background and the membership in orchestra or choir will be appreciated but are not required. As a side effect, all members will be informed about the logistics and the calculations of such a complex musical project with up to 200 participants.
The seminar takes place on Tuesdays, 6 to 9 p.m. in the GW1 building, room A0010. In addition there are two weekend seminars: Friday, December 6th, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, December 13th, 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, December 14th, 2 to 6 p.m. So it is a 4-hour seminar with 9 CP in General Studies of the university and also for the B.A in Culture Science (Module M8/9).

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Rehearsals and Music


Choir: Mondays, 7.30 - 10 p.m., GW1-Auditorium; 1st rehearsal: October 14th, from then on weekly (not on December 23th and 30th).
Orchestra: Wednesdays, 7.30 - 10 p.m., GW1-Auditorium; 1st rehearsal: October 16th, from then on weekly (not on December 25th and January 1st). There will be two extra rehearsals after the concert in connection with the students' conducting-exams on February 5th and 12th.
Vocal training weekend for the choir: Saturday, October 26th, 3 - 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 27th, 12 - 3 p.m.
Everybody has to take part at least one time. All others may participate; it is always useful. Please bring comfortable clothing and a blanket or thermal mat.
1st rehearsal weekend - Orchestra & Choir together to get familiar with the work as a whole:
Friday, November 29th, 7 - 10.30 p.m. and Saturday, November 30th, 1 - 7 p.m.
2nd rehearsal weekend - Orchestra & Choir together, with main rehearsal:
Friday, January 24th, 7 - 10.30 p.m. and Saturday, January 25th, 3 - 9 p.m.
Dress rehearsal: Wednesday, January 29th, 7.15 (choir)/ 7.30 (orchestra) - 10 p.m., (new date!)
Concert: Saturday, February 1st, 8 p.m., Glocke/Bremen; in the morning there will be a rehearsal on the stage of the Glocke (choir: 10.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m., orchestra 11a.m. - 2.30 p.m.)

You may find details of the rehearsals in this schedule


New orchestra members write a mail to Dr. Susanne Gläß and will get their music at the end of september by e-mail.

Vocal scores are sold before the 1st rehearsal from 7 to 7.30 p.m. in the foyer of the GW1-auditorium (10 €). If somebody decides after the first rehearsal not to join the choir, she or he may return the score at the end of the rehearsal and get a refund.