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.
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
David’s choir at Arval UK, based in Swindon, has recorded an uplifting version of Leonard Cohen’s classic, Hallelujah. Enjoy!
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
Exultate Singers has released a remotely-recorded video of its members singing Robert Pearsall’s beautiful 8-part madrigal, Lay a garland.
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.
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
Sunday 10 November at 6pm, St George’s Bristol
In this early evening Remembrance Sunday concert, Exultate Singers performs a programme of music on the theme of light as a symbol of hope and optimism including music by Howells, Roxanna Panufnik, Cecilia McDowall, John Rutter and Nicholas O’Neill. Tickets £12 to £21, available from St George’s box office online and by phone on 0845 40 24 001
Saturday 26 October at 8pm, Lisbon Cathedral
Sunday 27 October at 10.30am, Mosterio do Jeronimos, Lisbon
Tuesday 29 October at 7pm, Faro Cathedral
David conducts Exultate Singers in concerts in Lisbon and Faro Cathedrals, and singing Mass at Mosterio de Jeonimos, Lisbon
Saturday 19 October at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol
David conducts the 100 singers of City of Brsitol Choir and professional orchestra The Bristol Ensemble in a rapturous celebration of love. The programme includes poems by the ancient Greek female poet Sappho set to music by Jonathan Dove, as well as Vaughan Williams’ ravishing Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and music by Finzi and Byrd. Tickets £15 to £28, available from St George’s box office online and by phone on 0845 40 24 001