David conducted Exultate Singers, joined by the baritone Marcus Farnsworth, in a special online concert recreating the event 100 years ago which premiered Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.
The Lark Ascending was performed just as it was on 15 December 1920, arranged for solo violin and piano, and realised by renowned violinist Jennifer Pike. Bristol Ensemble and Exultate Singers complete the evening with excerpts from the original programme – Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Parry’s Jerusalem.
The broadcast is available until 15 January to watch on Vimeo – scroll forward to 13 minutes 25 seconds for the opening introduction.
Exultate Singers was delighted to give two concerts in the gardens at St George’s Bristol, its first performances since February. The singers were grouped into bubbles of six and rotated around positions on the veranda and amongst the shrubs, singing a programme of music relating to nature to an audience of 50 at each hour-long concert. The sun shone, and all was right with the world for a couple of hours!
Saturday 23 November 2019 at 7.30pm, St. David’s Church, Exeter
David makes his debut with the Exeter Festival Chorus as Guest Conductor in a programme of English choral music including works by Howells, Britten, Finzi, Harris, Judith Weir, and David’s Angels from the realms of glory alongside interludes of poetry byDryden, Blake and Rossetti. With the tenor Kieran White and organist Peter King. Tickets £18 (students £5, under 18s £1), available from www.exeterfestivalchorus.org.uk
In this early evening Remembrance Sunday concert, Exultate Singers performs a programme of music on the theme of light as a symbol of hope and optimism including music by Howells, Roxanna Panufnik, Cecilia McDowall, John Rutter and Nicholas O’Neill. Tickets £12 to £21, available from St George’s box office online and by phone on 0845 40 24 001
Saturday 19 October at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol
David conducts the 100 singers of City of Brsitol Choir and professional orchestra The Bristol Ensemble in a rapturous celebration of love. The programme includes poems by the ancient Greek female poet Sappho set to music by Jonathan Dove, as well as Vaughan Williams’ ravishing Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and music by Finzi and Byrd. Tickets £15 to £28, available from St George’s box office online and by phone on 0845 40 24 001
David is conducting this year’s High Sheriff’s Concert in 2019 and has been commissioned to write a work which will receive its premiere at the event. The piece, Every breath a song, sets words by the Benedictine Sister, Delores Dufner from Minnesota, USA. David will conduct a chorus of 170 voices made of singers from Bristol Outh Choir, Exultate Singers, and the Bristol-based gospel choir Renewal Choir. Together they will perform a new work by the composer Toby Young and librettist Jennifer Thorp, As One, which celebrates the history and diversity of Bristol. Exultate Singers will also perform Tallis’ iconic 40-part motet, Spem in alium. More information can be found at www.exultatesingers.org
Friday 15 March at 7.30pm, St Alban’s Church, Westbury Park, Bristol
David conducts City of Bristol Choir and the top notch ensemble Onyx Brass in a thrilling programme of ceremonial and celebratory music including music by Handel, Naji Hakim, John Rutter, brass specialist Philip Wilby, Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir and a performance of that most iconic of royal anthems, Hubert Parry’s I was glad. Tickets £18 for adults, £5 for students/under 18s, from Opus 13 music shop 0117 923 0164 and online at www.cityofbristolchoir.org.uk.