The Choir: Sing While You Work, BBC Two David was asked by Gareth Malone to take rehearsals for the Bristol Royal Mail postal workers choir featured on the episode of Gareth Malone’s new series on Thursday 27 September. David worked with the singers who were selected for choir especially for the programme, teaching them a number of songs featured on the programme and working on their choral technique http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01n2xgz/?t=19m12s
Saturday 10th November 2012, 7.30pm at Colston Hall, Bristol
David conducts the 140 voices of City of Bristol Choir and Exultate Singers together Grammy award-winning bass Jonathan Lemalu to perform William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. Full of drama, despair and triumph, the piece is a fast-paced tale of the Babylonian king Belshazzar, and the liberation from exile of the Jewish people.
Herbert Howells’ masterpiece Hymnus Paradisi receives its first Bristol performance in this concert. Written in the 1930s after the death of Howells’ young son, it was first performed in 1950. It is an extraordinary work of remembrance and passion, with an ecstatic conclusion looking towards the promise of eternal life.
Tickets £15 – £30 from Colston Hall box office on 0117 922 3686 and www.colstonhall.org
Sunday 7th October, 3pm at St James Priory, Bristol
A decade after it sang its first notes in the medieaval church of St James Priory, Bristol’s accomplished chamber choir Exultate Singers returns to mark its birthday with a celebratory concert of the choir’s favourite pieces including music by Palestrina, Parry, J.S. Bach, Purcell, Harris, Whitacre and Stanford. Come and enjoy a slice of birthday cake and an afternoon of beautiful choral music!
Tickets £8 (£7 concessions, £4 students, £2 under 18s) from Providence Music Shop on 0117 927 6536 and online at www.exultatesingers.org