A right royal Bristol Song

David’s composition, with words by Anna Farthing and Eugene Byrne, will receive a royal audience when it is sung at Bristol’s M Shed museum on 14th December 2011. The Princess Royal will officially open Bristol’s new museum when she visits the city next month. The Bristol Song was written for the opening of the M Shed in June, and was sung by a choir of over 150 children from primary schools all over Bristol, who will be getting together again to sing to the princess.

Read an Evening Post article about the visit

Christmas Spectaculars with The Bristol Ensemble

Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd December 2011 at 7.45pm Two glorious evenings of Christmas celebration conducted by David Ogden. The Bristol Ensemble is joined by City of Bristol Choir on Wednesday and Exultate Singers on Thursday for a festive-themed extravaganza of warmth, passion and bonhomie. With Christmas music, audience carols and seasonal readings, this is a uniquely moving mixture of revelry and reverence.

Tickets £23(£21); £21(£19); £17(£15); £10(£8) from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or online at www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

City of Bristol Choir: Eternal Light

Saturday 12th November 2011 at 7.30pm David conducts City of Bristol Choir and professional orchestra The Lochrian Ensemble in a performance of three works for choir, soloists, harp and string orchestra on the theme of light at St George’s Bristol. The concert includes the Bristol premiere of Howard Goodall’s work Eternal Light, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and Cecilia McDowall’s Ave Maris Stella, written 10 years ago in the aftermath of the events of the 11th September 2001. Tickets from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001

St James Priory opening concert

1st October 2011 at 7.30pm David conducts Exultate Singers in the first concert in the medieval church of St James’ Priory following its £4.4 million renovation and repair. The first half of the programme explores the influence of St James as a fisherman, an apostle and patron saint of Spain through the performance of sumptuous and evocative motets by the Renaissance Spanish composers Victoria, Lobo and Guerrero. Tickets from Exultate Singers’ website and Providence Music shop on 0117 927 6536

A new Song for Bristol – opening of the M Shed

The M Shed is a new museum that tells the story of Bristol People, Bristol Places and Bristol Life. To celebrate the opening on Friday 17th June 2011, David collaborated with the author Eugene Byrne and Dr Anna Farthing to write a song – The Bristol Song. This was performed by a choir of 150 children from 5 Bristol Schools at lunchtime outside the M Shed. See the  Evening Post article. about the opening.

More details can be found at mshed.org

The words and music can be downloaded by going to Bristol Song

City of Bristol Choir: Monteverdi Vespers of 1610

Saturday 18th June 2011 at 7.30pm A spectacular finish to City of Bristol Choir’s anniversary season with a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in Clifton Cathedral, Bristol, in a collaboration with virtuosic early music ensemble His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts. The group has a worldwide reputation and its performance of the work was one of the highlights of the 2010 BBC Proms season. With performers arranged around the Cathedral echoing the galleries and balconies of St Mark’s Venice this unique piece wonderfully combines the glories of the Renaissance with the opulence of the Baroque. Tickets from City of Bristol Choir ticket line on 07932 711379

Bristol Schools Prom Concert

Sunday 27th March 2011 at 6pm David Ogden and Mark Finch conduct a mixed choir of 200 singers from more than 20 secondary schools in and around Bristol together with the 70-strong Bristol Schools’ Philharmonia in Bristol Arts and Music Service’s first Bristol Schools’ Proms.The programme includes Dvorak’s joyful Te Deum, Parry’s evergreen Blest Pair of Sirens and a medley of favourite songs by George Gershwin. Also included in the exciting programme are folksongs and choruses for separate boys and girls voices and orchestral numbers such as Holst’s Somerset Rhapsody, Bernstein West Side Story Suite and music by John Barry in Themes from 007. Martin le Poidevin (bass) and Tracey Hansford (soprano) will be joining in the fun and the evening will be compered by local celeb and BBC Archers vicar, John Telfer. The concert is in aid of the Cots for Tots Appeal which supports special care babies at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 concessions, available from the Colston Hall box office on 0117 922 3686 or http://www.colstonhall.org/

City of Bristol Choir: Mass in B minor

Saturday 19th March 2011 at 7.30pm David conducts City of Bristol Choir and Orchestra in a performance of Bach’s final choral work, Mass in B Minor. This performance, with chamber orchestra in the intimate acoustic of St George’s Bristol is sure to be mesmerising, showcasing City of Bristol Choir’s versatility moving from the hushed, deeply moving moments in the Credo to the exhilarating, fast-paced choruses. Tickets from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001

A toe-tapping Come and Sing day

Saturday 22nd January 2011, 11am-4pm Come and enjoy what promises to be a fantastic day’s singing at St George’s Bristol this Saturday! David leads this day which features songs of stage and screen with a fantastic live band and members of City of Bristol Choir.  A glorious, but informal, performance with the band concludes the day at 3.15pm. Tickets are £11 for adult singers and £5 for under 18s (under 14s must be accompanied by an adult). Audience tickets for the 3.15pm performance are £3. 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