Saturday 23rd February 2013 at 7.30pm Sensational choral music to excite the senses including Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in Alium; the sumptuous harmonies of 16th and 17th century motets and madrigals by Monteverdi and Gesualdo, and contemporary works including the premiere of a new commission from Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, James MacMillan’s Miserere Mei and the dramatic Fire Songs by Morten Lauridsen. Tickets are £12-£22 (£2 discount for concessions), and are on sale now from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001
Saturday 16th February 2013, 11am-4pm Now in its 3rd successful year, join David, members of City of Bristol Choir and fellow fans of musicals and films for an unashamedly indulgent day of singing the blockbusting hits from The Lion King, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Oliver, together with pop songs by Adele. The day culminates in a grand (but very informal) showcase performed by the day’s cast accompanied by a live band.
Tickets are £12 for adult singers and £5 for under 18s (under 14s must be accompanied by an adult). 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
Christmas Day at noon, BBC Radio 4 A festive edition of the programme which invites a celebrity to raid their memories in search of the pieces of writing and music which best sum up their lives. Fi Glover, one of the BBC’s most cherished radio presenters, steps up with a wonderfully varied selection of readings, from a nursery rhyme to Aristotle by way of Alan Bennett and John Mortimer. David and Exultate Singers provide the finishing celebratory touch. Repeated Friday 28 December at 9pm.
Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd December at 7.45pm David conducts The Bristol Choir with City of Bristol Choir (Friday) and Exultate Singers (Saturday) in this annual festival of revelry at St George’s Bristol. Tickets from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001.
Sunday 2nd December at 4.45pm, BBC One David conducts Exultate Singers, Bristol Schools Chamber Choir and the boys and girls of Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church as well as congregational hymns in St Alban’s Church, Westbury Park for a special episode of Songs of Praise for the First Sunday of Advent (photograph Ken Kay / BBC)
Sunday 9th December at 6.30pm, St George’s Bristol David Ogden and Martin Le Poidevin conduct the Bristol Schools Chamber Choirs – juniors, intermediates, boys ensemble and senior girls – in a Christmas celebration at St George’s Bristol. Tickets available from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or on the door
David conducted the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir in a powerful and moving service of Sunday Worship, live on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 18th November from Bedford. The service was led by the Rev Sharon Grenham-Toze, chaplain of Bedford Prison. After the service, the singers gave a concert in Bedford Prison to around 40 inmates.
Listen again to the service:
The Choir: Sing While You Work, BBC Two David was asked by Gareth Malone to take rehearsals for the Bristol Royal Mail postal workers choir featured on the episode of Gareth Malone’s new series on Thursday 27 September. David worked with the singers who were selected for choir especially for the programme, teaching them a number of songs featured on the programme and working on their choral technique http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01n2xgz/?t=19m12s
Saturday 10th November 2012, 7.30pm at Colston Hall, Bristol
David conducts the 140 voices of City of Bristol Choir and Exultate Singers together Grammy award-winning bass Jonathan Lemalu to perform William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. Full of drama, despair and triumph, the piece is a fast-paced tale of the Babylonian king Belshazzar, and the liberation from exile of the Jewish people.
Herbert Howells’ masterpiece Hymnus Paradisi receives its first Bristol performance in this concert. Written in the 1930s after the death of Howells’ young son, it was first performed in 1950. It is an extraordinary work of remembrance and passion, with an ecstatic conclusion looking towards the promise of eternal life.
Tickets £15 – £30 from Colston Hall box office on 0117 922 3686 and www.colstonhall.org