Run by Singers: Transylvania Adventure

Sunday 15 to Sunday 22 September, Sighisoara, Transylvania

David leads a singing break in Transylvania, based in historic Sighisoara – a Unesco site – and focusing on the south of the region. Transylvania is astonishingly beautiful with lush countryside surrounded by mountains, forests and lakes, providing a setting for splendid castles and palaces.

During the singing break you will visit different parts of the region including the massive fortified church of Biertan, Viscri, King Charles’ favourite Transylvanian village (where he owns property),and we will sing in one of the odest Saxon churches in Europe, a domed Orthodox church and a large Lutheran church in the heart of the Citadel. 

For more details and to book your place, visit

Run by Singers: Summer in Salisbury

Sunday 25th to Thursday 29th August, Salisbury

Following the success of last year’s event, David Ogden once again leads this feast of singing in the city of Salisbury. Rather than a single end of course concert, we will sing informally in local churches  including Salisbury Cathedral, St Thomas’s Church – and Romsey Abbey (transport provided). There will also be plenty of free time to explore this historic city. 
Staying in Sarum College in the close overlooking the Cathedral, this course is a marvellous opportunity to sing some carefully selected music from living composers – some well-known, others less well known. Meals are eaten together in the college. To book a place, visit

Summer Choral Spectacular

Saturday 13 July at 7.30pm, Bristol Beacon

David Ogden and Andrew Howell conduct the Chorus of Westerly from Rhode Island, USA, City of Bristol Choir and Bath Philharmonia in a performance of sensational choral music at Bristol Beacon including Mozart’s ‘Great’ Mass in C minor, Howells’ Magnificat, Rutter’s Gloria and Handel’s uplifting works Zadok the Priest and the Hallelujah chorus from Messiah. Tickets from £15 for adults plus Bristol Beacon booking fees, half price for under 26 year olds, from Bristol Beacon box office

Finzi and Holst at Bristol Beacon

Sunday 16 June, Bristol Beacon

David Ogden and Tim Harrison conduct three of Bristol’s leading ensembles and the renowned tenor James Gilchrist as they perform Holst’s Planets Suite, Finzi’s extraordinary work Intimations of Immortality, and Hans Zimmer’s Earth in the newly refurbished Bristol Beacon concert hall.

The promoters are grateful to Paragon Music Trust, Finzi Friends and the Finzi Trust for the financial support that they have given us for this event.

Odyssey by Jonathan Dove

Odyssey by Jonathan Dove

Sunday 18 January 2024, Bristol Beacon

As part of Bristol Beacon’s 2023/24 reopening orchestral season, David conducts the world premiere of Odyssey, a powerful new music-drama for singers and orchestra composed by Jonathan Dove.

Drawing on first-hand accounts, this dramatically engaging story in song allows the audience to see through the eyes of one refugee on a perilous journey to seek safety in another country. As vivid snapshots of a peaceful home life turn to visceral images of unrest, together we travel through strange landscapes and across borders, and discover the courage it takes to leave loved ones and take desperate risks in order to survive.

Tickets go on sale in June 2023 and will be available from Bristol Beacon box office.

Presented by Bristol Beacon • Commissioned by Bristol Beacon in partnership with City of Bristol Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Run by Singers: Summer in Salisbury

27 to 31 August, Salisbury

David once again leads this feast of singing in the wonderful city of Salisbury for Run By Singers. Have the chance to sing a wide range of sacred and secular music from across the ages in some glorious buildings including Salisbury Cathedral and St Martin’s Church with a day trip to Romsey Abbey. There will also be plenty of time to explore this historic city. 
Staying in Sarum College in the close overlooking the Cathedral, this course is a marvellous opportunity to sing some choral favourites and explore some new music from around the world.  Something old, something new and maybe something bluesy! To book a place, visit

Exultate Singers at Liverpool Cathedral

4 to 6 August, Liverpool Cathedral

Exultate Singers travel to Liverpool to sing services in the Anglican Cathedral from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August.

The schedule of services is:
Friday – Choral Evensong in the Lady Chapel at 5.30pm
Saturday – Choral Evensong in the Lady Chapel at 3pm
Sunday – Eucharist at 10.30am, Choral Evensong at 3pm

City of Bristol Choir: Then Sing We All

Sunday 25 June at 6pm, St George’s Bristol

David conducts the 100-strong City of Bristol Choir in an uplifting celebration of singing featuring the cantata Then sing we all by jazz virtuoso and composer Iain Farrington, staged as part of the St George’s Festival of Voice. Expressing the joy of singing together, this joyful piece sets 16th and 17th century texts fusing swing, funk, late-night blues and gospel styles. 

Tickets available from City of Bristol Choir’s box office and St George’s box office.

Run by Singers: a week in Granada

14 to 21 May, Granada, Spain

Spend a week singing in the shade of the Alhambra working on a rich programme of choral music whilst enjoying the best of Andalusian food and wine, and relishing the opportunity to be in southern Spain at the perfect time of year.

This Run By Singers course runs from Sunday evening, when we meet for a welcome drink and dinner, to the following Saturday evening where we perform our new repertoire at a formal concert. We will sing for approximately five hours each day with breaks for coffee and a long afternoon break. Thursday will be a half-day when people may choose to explore a little further afield. Full details at