A new Song for Bristol – opening of the M Shed

The M Shed is a new museum that tells the story of Bristol People, Bristol Places and Bristol Life. To celebrate the opening on Friday 17th June 2011, David collaborated with the author Eugene Byrne and Dr Anna Farthing to write a song – The Bristol Song. This was performed by a choir of 150 children from 5 Bristol Schools at lunchtime outside the M Shed. See the  Evening Post article. about the opening.

More details can be found at mshed.org

The words and music can be downloaded by going to Bristol Song

City of Bristol Choir: Monteverdi Vespers of 1610

Saturday 18th June 2011 at 7.30pm A spectacular finish to City of Bristol Choir’s anniversary season with a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in Clifton Cathedral, Bristol, in a collaboration with virtuosic early music ensemble His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts. The group has a worldwide reputation and its performance of the work was one of the highlights of the 2010 BBC Proms season. With performers arranged around the Cathedral echoing the galleries and balconies of St Mark’s Venice this unique piece wonderfully combines the glories of the Renaissance with the opulence of the Baroque. Tickets from City of Bristol Choir ticket line on 07932 711379

Bristol Schools Prom Concert

Sunday 27th March 2011 at 6pm David Ogden and Mark Finch conduct a mixed choir of 200 singers from more than 20 secondary schools in and around Bristol together with the 70-strong Bristol Schools’ Philharmonia in Bristol Arts and Music Service’s first Bristol Schools’ Proms.The programme includes Dvorak’s joyful Te Deum, Parry’s evergreen Blest Pair of Sirens and a medley of favourite songs by George Gershwin. Also included in the exciting programme are folksongs and choruses for separate boys and girls voices and orchestral numbers such as Holst’s Somerset Rhapsody, Bernstein West Side Story Suite and music by John Barry in Themes from 007. Martin le Poidevin (bass) and Tracey Hansford (soprano) will be joining in the fun and the evening will be compered by local celeb and BBC Archers vicar, John Telfer. The concert is in aid of the Cots for Tots Appeal which supports special care babies at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 concessions, available from the Colston Hall box office on 0117 922 3686 or http://www.colstonhall.org/

City of Bristol Choir: Mass in B minor

Saturday 19th March 2011 at 7.30pm David conducts City of Bristol Choir and Orchestra in a performance of Bach’s final choral work, Mass in B Minor. This performance, with chamber orchestra in the intimate acoustic of St George’s Bristol is sure to be mesmerising, showcasing City of Bristol Choir’s versatility moving from the hushed, deeply moving moments in the Credo to the exhilarating, fast-paced choruses. Tickets from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001

A toe-tapping Come and Sing day

Saturday 22nd January 2011, 11am-4pm Come and enjoy what promises to be a fantastic day’s singing at St George’s Bristol this Saturday! David leads this day which features songs of stage and screen with a fantastic live band and members of City of Bristol Choir.  A glorious, but informal, performance with the band concludes the day at 3.15pm. Tickets are £11 for adult singers and £5 for under 18s (under 14s must be accompanied by an adult). Audience tickets for the 3.15pm performance are £3. Tickets are available to book now through St George’s box office by phone on 0845 40 24 001, in person at the box office or online at www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

New RSCM publication: The Word Revealed

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, the RSCM has published a new book, The Word Revealed, which includes David’s anthem Teach us, good Lord which sets words by St Ignatius of Loyola. The book includes a varied selection of hymns, songs, readings and anthems, some specially written for this festival, and is ideal for RSCM choral festivals and special services laid out as a festival service conveniently in one volume. A sample pdf is available to view online and the book can be purchased from RSCM Music Direct.

Exultate Singers – Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday 15th December 2010 at 8pm David conducts Exultate Singers in the choir’s annual Carols by Candlelight concert, which this year will be held in Clifton College Chapel, Bristol. Come and enjoy an atmospheric evening of seasonal music for choir and organ. Tickets £15 (concessions £13, students in full time education £5, children under 18 £2) available from Providence Musics shop on 0117 927 6536 or online at www.exultatesingers.org/shop

City of Bristol Choir – Duruflé Requiem

Sunday 14th November 2010 at 7.30pm City of Bristol Choir continues its 20th anniversary season with Remembrance Sunday concert of reflective and meditative choral music at St Alban’s Church, Westbury Park, Bristol. The choir is joined by professional cellist Juliet McCarthy to perform works which reflect the themes of peace and reconciliation, including In War, a setting by Malcolm Archer of words by Winston Churchill, Barber’s Agnus Dei, Fauré’s Elegie and John Tavener’s Threnos for solo cello. Duruflé’s atmospheric setting of the Requiem mass completes the programme. Its combination of timeless plainsong melodies with hushed celestial harmonies contrasted with dramatic outbursts from the choir and organ make it a moving piece to hear live in concert. The concert is given in support of the work of the Royal British Legion. Tickets are £13 (£11 concessions, £5 under 18s) available from City of Bristol Choir ticket line on 07932 711379 or online at www.cityofbristolchoir.org.uk/141110.php.

The remainder of the season will include performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts.