City of Bristol Choir: Saints Alive!

Saints Alive

Saturday 18 November at 7.30pm, All Saints’ Church, Clifton, Bristol

A concert of music inspired by the saints, performed by City of Bristol Choir, conducted by David, with the tenor soloist Ben Thapa and organist Richard Johnson. The programme includes music by Howells, Harris, Britten, Stanford and Finzi, and Kodály’s Missa Brevis, a dramatic and emotional prayer for peace.

Tickets £15 (under 18s and students £5) from www.cityofbristolchoir.org.uk and by phone on 0117 950 7055 or from Opus 13 music shop on 0117 923 0164.

Exultate Singers: Into the World of Light

Into the World of Light

Sunday 12 November at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol

David conducts Exultate Singers in a concert of ethereal and powerful music featuring two world premieres by leading British composers.

Sicut Cervus is a brand new anthem commissioned by Exultate Singers from the celebrated composer Sir James MacMillan. Wanderlust, a work commissioned from Toby Young, explores feelings of loss and homelessness across different cultures. Through first-hand stories, original poetry, and haunting music the work explores the pain of those away from home, whether fighting on the front line or seeking refuge, as well as the strength and resilience shown by humanity all over the world. British choral gems by Tavener, Harris, Parry, Elgar and Howells complete the programme.

Tickets £12 to £22 from St George’s box office online and by phone on 0845 40 24 001

Exultate Singers in Sicily

Sunday 22 and Tuesday 24 October 2017, Taormina and Noto, Sicily

David conducts Exultate Singers in concerts at the Duomo di Taormina on 22 October and Chiesa San Carlo, Noto on 24 October. Entry to the concerts, which begin at 8pm, is free. The choir will sing Sunday mass at the Duomo di Taormina at 11am.

BBC Radio 4 broadcast from Westbury-on-Trym parish church

BBC Radio 4

Sunday 1 October, Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

David conducted a live broadcast of Sunday Worship for BBC Radio 4, sung by the parish church choir of Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church with the organist Richard Johnson. The service was led by Father André Hart and the preacher was Canon Bruce Saunders. The service featured a new anthem written by David specially for the broadcast, Harvest Blessings.

The service can be heard on BBC iPlayer until 30 October 2017

Bristol Youth Choir & Westbury choristers at BBC Proms

Albert Hall 2017

Sunday 23 July at 2pm and 6pm, Royal Albert Hall, London

Choristers from Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church and singers from Bristol Youth Choir sang at the Royal Albert Hall at the Ten Pieces Proms, joining singers from around the UK to form the Ten Pieces Children’s Choir. They performed an excerpt from Elgar’s The Music Makers, the opening movement of Vivaldi’s Gloria, and No Place Like Home, a new commission by Kerry Andrew. The 6pm concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and will be shown on CBBC later in the year.

Colston Hall Big Anniversary Sing

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Saturday 23 September at 7.30pm, Colston Hall, Bristol

David will direct the Big Anniversary sing, a unique occasion bringing together singers from all over Bristol and beyond to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Colston Hall with BBC Radio Bristol. In a celebration of the artists who have performed at the Hall over the years, all singers are invited to bring their spirit alive by being part of a massed choir of hundreds of voices.

The Big Anniversary Sing will be directed by David and accompanied by a live band. Come and sing all your favourite songs from iconic musicians who have performed on the Hall’s illustrious stage, such as Duke Ellington, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Shirley Bassey, the Beach Boys, Status Quo and many, many more.
Come on your own or as part of a group for a run through at 2pm and then perform with a live band at 7pm by purchasing a £10 performers ticket, or join us in the audience by purchasing a £5 ticket.
Participant rehearsals: 2pm – 5pm
Doors open: 7pm
Concert start: 7.30pm
Tickets
£10 per singing/on stage participant
£5 per audience member
£1 per child audience member (14 and under)
All prices include booking fee, available from www.colstonhall.org/shows/the-big-anniversary-sing/

Run By Singers: The Glory of Venice

 

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Wednesday 25 – Sunday 29 October, Venice

David is delighted to be leading his first Run By Singers singing holiday in the exquisitely beautiful city of Venice in the Autumn. Experienced singers are invited to join David for the 5-day singing break which includes performing in a concert on the Saturday night in San Trovaso Church near the Accademia museum on Venice’s Dorsoduro. The course will begin with supper at 7.30 pm on Wednesday evening with rehearsals starting in earnest on the Thursday morning. More information can be found at the Run By Singers website 

Bristol Youth Choir: Ceremony of Carols

Ceremony of Carols

Sunday 29 January at 6.30pm, Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church

Senior Girls of Bristol Youth Choir conducted by David Ogden with Kate Pearson (harp)

David Ogden conducts the Senior Girls of Bristol Youth Choir with the harpist Kate Pearson as they perform Britten’s Ceremony of Carols by candlelight for Candlemas at Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church as part of the church’s 1300th anniversary celebrations. Free entry, retiring collection.

A Sense of the Divine: The Grand Tour

A Sense of the Divine

Saturday 25 February at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol

Exultate Singers packs its bags for a whistle-stop tour around Europe in a spectacular selection of choral music which includes Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in alium, Roxanna Panufnik’s All Shall Be Well, James MacMillan’s Miserere mei, Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, the premiere of Naji Hakim’s Exultate Deo, and music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Giovanni Gabrieli, György Orbán, Veljo Tormis, Kodály, Bartók and Shostakovich. Tickets from £12 to £24 from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 and www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk.