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.
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.
Tuesday 7 March at 7pm, St George’s Bristol
Bristol Youth Choirs conducted by David Ogden, Martin Le Poidevin and Elinor Cooper
The talented young singers from Bristol Youth Choirs present a Spring concert of songs and choral pieces from around the world. Come and enjoy an entertaining mix of classical and jazz with songs from the shows, world music, and folk songs.
Tickets £8 for adults, under 18s £2, plus St George’s booking fee available online from St George’s box office, by phone on 0845 40 24 001 and over the counter at St George’s.
Sunday 12 March at 7pm, St George’s Bristol
David conducts City of Bristol Choir and professional orchestra The Lochrian Ensemble in a performance of Bach’s mighty setting of the Gospel narrative, which recounts the events of Christ’s final days – betrayal, trial and crucifixion – in music brimming with power and drama.
The choir is joined by a first class line-up of soloists, all of whom have appeared nationally and internationally with some of the world’s leading ensembles.
The magnificent acoustic of St George’s Bristol makes it the perfect setting for what promises to be a thrilling performance of this compelling and noble work. In this performance, the narrative recitatives and choruses will be sung in English, with the arias and chorales in German, bringing an immediacy to the drama and a sense of contemplation to the reflective movements.
Tickets £10 to £25, discounts for concessions, tickets for students and under 18s £5, available from St George’s box office online and by phone on 0845 40 24 001
Saturday 1 April at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol
David conducts Monteverdi’s sumptuous Venetian masterpiece, Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers of 1610), in a collaboration with Exultate Singers and the virtuosic early music ensemble His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts.
Lavishly scored for strings, sackbuts, cornets, 10-part choir and an array of vocal soloists, the Vespers wonderfully combines the glories of the Renaissance with the opulence of the Baroque. The performers will be arranged around the hall in a variety of ensembles throughout the performance, echoing the galleries and balconies of St Mark’s Venice.
This dazzling work is regarded by many as one of the greatest glories of the baroque choral repertoire, juxtaposing reflective, intimate moments with opulent, flamboyant virtuosic music.
Tickets £24, £20, £16, £12. Half price tickets for students in full time education; tickets £5 for under 18s (limited availability) available from St George’s box office online or by phone on 0845 40 24 001
Saturday 24 June at 7.30pm, Colston Hall
Considered one of the greatest pieces ever written for chorus and orchestra, The Dream of Gerontius is Elgar’s masterpiece about life, death and one man’s journey into the afterlife. On a grand scale, the music vividly describes moments of exhilaration and terror, as flights of angels sing ecstatic choruses of praise.
Staged as the highlight of City of Bristol Choir’s 25th anniversary season, the 100 strong choir joins forces with Exultate Singers, the tenor Peter Auty, soprano Jennifer Johnston, bass Martin Le Poidevin and professional orchestra the Bristol Ensemble.
Tickets £30, £24, £18 and £12, £5 for under 18s and students in full time education on sale now at the Colston Hall box office
Telephone 0844 887 1500 or buy online at www.colstonhall.org or in person at the box office from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday
Sunday 11 December at 5.20pm, BBC One
David’s setting of Christina Rossetti’s words, Love Came Down At Christmas, will be broadcast on BBC One’s Songs of Praise on 11 December, performed by Exultate Singers and the Lochrian Ensemble. The sheet music can be obtained from White Light Publishing by emailing email@example.com
Sunday 13 November, St George’s Bristol
Two powerful and moving works for Remembrance Sunday performed by the 100 voices of City of Bristol Choir with the boys of Bristol Youth Choir and The Lochrian Ensemble.
Through settings of poems by Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg and Ivor Gurney, Jonathan Dove’s cantata tells the story of one man’s journey through the First World War beginning with his enthusiasm and decision to enlist; discovering the reality of war; finding death on the battlefield and finally reflecting on the grief of those left behind.
John Rutter is the patron of City of Bristol Choir and to mark the start of their 25th anniversary season, the choir sings his setting of the Requiem with its rich harmonies, poignant melodies and angelic soprano solos.
Tickets from St George’s box office online or by phone on 0845 40 24 001
Saturday 15 October, St George’s Bristol
Exultate Singers flies high at St George’s Bristol in a concert featuring some extraordinary music capturing the exhilaration of flight. From works by Renaissance masters Monteverdi and Gesualdo to Eric Whitacre’s dazzling Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine, the world premiere of a remarkable new cantata, Dancing Star, by rising star composer Toby Young, music by Stanford, Ravel, Owain Park, Brian Knowles, Bob Chilcott and lots more, this promises to be utterly captivating. Tickets from www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk
Tuesday 6 September, Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London
David conducts the Royal Mail Choir as they sing for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at a Royal Mail reception to mark the 500th anniversary of the postal service. Their Royal Highnesses will meet long-serving postmen and women from around the country, participants in Royal Mail’s Apprenticeship scheme and Army Reservists.
At the end of the reception Their Royal Highnesses will unveil a replica of an original Penfold postbox, which will be permanently positioned in St Martin’s Le Grand, outside the former General Post Office Headquarters in London.