David contributes to announcement of Bristol Beacon

David appears as part of the team announcing the new name of Bristol’s concert hall – Bristol Beacon. A huge moment for the arts in Bristol, as the hall looks to the future as a symbol of hope and community, a focal point for music in the city, a gathering space, illuminating the way ahead, a place of welcome, warmth and light, an open invitation to the city for everyone to come and share in the joy of live music.

New publication: RSCM Carols for Sopranos, Altos and Unison Lower Voices

A fantastic new collection of carols for Advent and Christmas, selected and edited by David, is being published on Monday 14 September. Resources include rehearsal and backing tracks available on demand. This superb new collection of 42 carols by 26 composers has been specially compiled to appeal to church and school choirs of all kinds and sizes. Choirs and those who listen to them will love the 30 new carols in a wide range of tempos and styles (from plainsong to funk), as well as twelve arrangements of well-known favourites.

Available from the RSCM shop

Run by Singers: Lincoln, August 2021

Lincoln

23 – 28 August 2021, Lincoln

Join David and fellow singers for a contemporary choral music Summer School in the beautiful city of Lincoln, featuring music both by established and less well-known living composers. There will be a visit and lecture by one of the featured composers.

The Run by Singers course begins with dinner on Sunday evening, and finishes on Friday where participants perform the new repertoire at a lunchtime concert, followed by afternoon tea by the lake.

The music includes:

Eric Whitacre Sainte Chapelle
Janet Wheeler Beati Quorum via
James MacMillan The Gallant Weaver
Bob Chilcott Like a singing bird
Bob Chilcott Lovely tear of lovely eye
Judith Weir Drop down ye heavens from above
David Ogden All shall be well
Morten Lauridsen Sure on this shining night
Philip Moore Morning Prayers
Ian Carpenter Ave Verum
David Bednall The souls of the righteous
James Whitbourn Pure river of the water of life
Billy Joel And so it goes

For full details and to book, visit www.runbysingers.org. Bookings open on 8 January 2021.

The power of singing at work

David was interviewed by the news website Quartz about the huge benefits of singing at work. As conductor of workplace choirs at Airbus, Arval, Royal Mail and Sawday’s, David is passionate about the benefits of singing as part of the working day, drawing on a long history of workers using songs to commune during the day, from plantation slaves, to fishermen, to coal miners.

Read what David has to say about singing at work in the article here: https://qz.com/work/1613520/brits-are-fighting-burnout-by-joining-workplace-choirs/

Exultate Singers: A European Easter

Saturday 30 March at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol

Exultate Singers and the internationally renowned early music ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts  join forces for a celebration of baroque choral and instrumental music from the powerhouses of Europe including music by Gabrieli, Schutz, Zielenski, de Vivanco and Ximenez. Tickets £12 to £24 from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 and online at www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

Run By Singers: The Glory of Venice

 

singing-holidays

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 

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.