Saturday 26th May 2012 at 7.30pm, St Alban’s Church, Westbury Park, Bristol
In the year celebrating the Diamond Anniversary of the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II, City of Bristol Choir present a concert of music for Royal Occasions. From the anthems of Boyce, Purcell and Handel through to the music of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Parry, Walton and more recently John Rutter and Paul Mealor, this concert for choir, organ and brass is a wonderful celebration of British music and the role of the monarchy through the ages.
Tickets £13 (concessions £11, under 18s £5) from City of Bristol Choir booking line by telephone on 07932 711379 (card payments accepted) or from Providence Music shop on 0117 927 6536
Wednesday 30th May at 7.30pm
David conducts Exultate Singers in a concert given in the marvellous acoustic of the central hall of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. The concert will accompany an exhibition of Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection which is being toured around the country and being shown at the museum from 31 March until 10 June.
Organised in collaboration with Dr Jenny Gaschke, Fine Art Curator at the museum, we will perform a programme of music inspired by the work of Leonardo from the 16th century to the present day including madrigals and motets by Monteverdi, Palestrina, Gabrieli and Whitacre. Audience members will be able to view the exhibition in a timed slot either before the concert, during the interval, or after the concert. Tickets are £15 and go on sale at the beginning of March from the Museum shop in person and by telephone on 0117 922 3571.
Saturday 16th June 2012, 10am – 4pm at St Monica Trust, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol
David leads an inspiring Come and Sing day for All4Music, the education arm of The Bristol Ensemble. Come and sing Royal Music in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Music by Handel, Purcell, Elgar, Parry and Stanford including Zadok the Priest and Parry’s I was Glad which was sung at the Royal Wedding in 2011. An uplifting day’s singing with David whose boundless enthusiasm and wonderful humour will inspire you to sing whatever your level of experience!
PRICE £27.50 (save 10% when booked with another course)
A two course hot lunch is available for £8.40. Book with All4Music by calling 07785 983097 or book online at www.all4music.co.uk
Sunday 11th March 2012 at 7.30pm David conducts City of Bristol Choir and The Bristol Ensemble with a performance of Bach’s St John Passion, the most personal and meditative of Bach’s Passion settings. In music of simple beauty and power, Christ’s final days are dramatized with real intimacy, centred on the Evangelist who narrates the story in the words of the gospel. In this bilingual performance, the words of the Evangelist will be sung in English by the tenor Jeremy Budd (a full time member of The Sixteen) providing clarity and heightening the drama. Arias and chorales in the original German provide reflections throughout. Tickets are available from the City of Bristol Choir ticket line on 07932 711379 or from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001, or online at www.cityofbristolchoir.co.uk
Beginning Sunday 15th January 2012 at 8pm David worked as music adviser on BBC1’s Call The Midwife, an adaptation of Jennifer Worth’s best selling trilogy of books, starring Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris and Miranda Hart. David worked with the actors to rehearse and record plainchant in scenes set in the convent throughout the series.
Saturday 25th February 2012 at 7.30pm Following last year’s sell-out concert, Exultate Singers returns to St George’s Bristol to perform a thrilling programme of choral music including Tallis’ 40-part motet, Spem in Alium. St George’s intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics will resonate to a beautiful sequence of ‘divine’ music, both sacred and secular, from celebrated renaissance choral works to arrangements of contemporary songs.The programme also includes the rarely heard Dixit Dominus in 24 parts by the 17th Century Italian Orazio Benevoli, first performed in St Peter’s Rome with six choirs positioned around the dome. Tickets are £21(£19); £18(£16); £15(£13);£11(£9) from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001
Saturday 21st January 2012 Join David, members of the City of Bristol Choir, live band and fellow fans of the musicals for an unashamedly indulgent day of singing the blockbusting hits from Grease, The Lion King, Glee and other spectacular shows, culminating in a grand (but very informal) showcase performance.
Sessions run from 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm, including an informal performance at 3.15pm. Tickets £12 for adults, £5 for children from St George’s Bristol on 0845 40 24 001
Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th December 2011 at 7.45pm Exultate Singers’ performed their Carols by Candlelight concerts to two full houses in the newly restored mediaeval church of St James Priory. Read The Guardian’s review of Wednesday’s concert
David was commissioned to write a piece celebrating the Sheldon Singers’ 25th anniversary. His 3-movement work, Angels, set the words ‘Angel voices ever singing’, ‘Immortal, invisible’, and ‘Angels from the realms of glory’, is scored for SATB choir and brass ensemble. The premiere was given in Honiton on Saturday 17th December 2011.
Thursday 15th December 2011 Westbury-on-Trym Parish Choir’s CD is released today and includes David’s anthems Christ has no body now but yours; Faith, hope and love; and I see his blood. The CD was recorded in St Augustine’s Chapel at St Monica’s Trust in Bristol in October and features a collection of anthems, carols, hymns and songs from throughout the church’s year from Advent to Christ the King. CDs are on sale online at the church’s website