Saturday 11th and Wednesday 15th December, St James Priory, Bristol
Exultate Singers returns to St James Priory for the first time since December 2019 to sing carols and Christmas music. Concerts this year are 1 hour 15 minutes with no interval, and with reduced audience capacity. Tickets are available from Exultate Singers’ website.
A concert to coincide with the COP26 Climate Change conference in Glasgow featuring the world premiere of Raise a Voice – a rebellious songbook for our times. Commissioned by City of Bristol Choir , this exciting set of songs for a choir of adults and young people combines thought-provoking lyrics by Jennifer Thorp with Toby Young’s energetic, accessible and engaging music to captivate both singers and listeners.
Saturday 16 October at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol
Exultate Singers returns to the stage of St George’s Bristol in its full glory to perform a programme of choral music spanning 400 years from the early 17th century to the early 21st including David’s anthem Every breath a song, Rheinberger Cantus Missae in E flat, and Bach’s motet Singet dem herrn.
Saturday 2 October at 4.30pm and 7.30pm at St Alban’s Church, Westbury Park, Bristol
In a poignant return to the concert platform, City of Bristol Choir marks its 30th anniversary season with a programme that includes the first piece that the choir ever performed – Mozart’s Requiem. The work is full of drama and exquisitely crafted music for soloists, choir and orchestra. Each hour-long performance also includes Mozart’s bite-sized masterpiece, his setting of the Ave Verum, and Elgar’s atmospheric and reflective orchestral work, Sospiri.
Sunday 26th September at 3pm, Weston-super-Mare beach, adjacent to the Grand Pier, BS23 1AL
The first performance of David’s song We are One on the beach at Weston-super-Mare, written especially for this event in collaboration with lyricist Dr Anna Farthing. The song will be performed by newly-formed choir of health professionals within the flags of Luke Jerram’s art installation In Memoriam in a memorable and fitting finale to the Weston Arts + Health Week.
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!