The Lark Ascending Centenary

15 December 2020, online broadcast

David conducted Exultate Singers, joined by the baritone Marcus Farnsworth, in a special online concert recreating the event 100 years ago which premiered Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

The Lark Ascending was performed just as it was on 15 December 1920, arranged for solo violin and piano, and realised by renowned violinist Jennifer Pike. Bristol Ensemble and Exultate Singers complete the evening with excerpts from the original programme – Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Parry’s Jerusalem.

The broadcast is available until 15 January to watch on Vimeo – scroll forward to 13 minutes 25 seconds for the opening introduction.

David contributes to announcement of Bristol Beacon

David appears as part of the team announcing the new name of Bristol’s concert hall – Bristol Beacon. A huge moment for the arts in Bristol, as the hall looks to the future as a symbol of hope and community, a focal point for music in the city, a gathering space, illuminating the way ahead, a place of welcome, warmth and light, an open invitation to the city for everyone to come and share in the joy of live music.

Exultate Singers’ garden concert at St George’s Bristol

Sunday 20 September, St George’s Bristol

Exultate Singers was delighted to give two concerts in the gardens at St George’s Bristol, its first performances since February. The singers were grouped into bubbles of six and rotated around positions on the veranda and amongst the shrubs, singing a programme of music relating to nature to an audience of 50 at each hour-long concert. The sun shone, and all was right with the world for a couple of hours!

Photo by Evan Dawson

New publication: RSCM Carols for Sopranos, Altos and Unison Lower Voices

A fantastic new collection of carols for Advent and Christmas, selected and edited by David, is being published on Monday 14 September. Resources include rehearsal and backing tracks available on demand. This superb new collection of 42 carols by 26 composers has been specially compiled to appeal to church and school choirs of all kinds and sizes. Choirs and those who listen to them will love the 30 new carols in a wide range of tempos and styles (from plainsong to funk), as well as twelve arrangements of well-known favourites.

Available from the RSCM shop

Run by Singers: Lincoln, August 2021

Lincoln

23 – 28 August 2021, Lincoln

Join David and fellow singers for a contemporary choral music Summer School in the beautiful city of Lincoln, featuring music both by established and less well-known living composers. There will be a visit and lecture by one of the featured composers.

The Run by Singers course begins with dinner on Sunday evening, and finishes on Friday where participants perform the new repertoire at a lunchtime concert, followed by afternoon tea by the lake.

The music includes:

Eric Whitacre Sainte Chapelle
Janet Wheeler Beati Quorum via
James MacMillan The Gallant Weaver
Bob Chilcott Like a singing bird
Bob Chilcott Lovely tear of lovely eye
Judith Weir Drop down ye heavens from above
David Ogden All shall be well
Morten Lauridsen Sure on this shining night
Philip Moore Morning Prayers
Ian Carpenter Ave Verum
David Bednall The souls of the righteous
James Whitbourn Pure river of the water of life
Billy Joel And so it goes

For full details and to book, visit www.runbysingers.org. Bookings open on 8 January 2021.

Exeter Festival Chorus: Saints & Angels

Saints and Angels - 23 November

Saturday 23 November 2019 at 7.30pm, St. David’s Church, Exeter

David makes his debut with the Exeter Festival Chorus as Guest Conductor in a programme of English choral music including works by Howells, Britten, Finzi, Harris, Judith Weir, and David’s Angels from the realms of glory alongside interludes of poetry byDryden, Blake and Rossetti. With the tenor Kieran White and organist Peter King. Tickets £18 (students £5, under 18s £1), available from www.exeterfestivalchorus.org.uk