Friday 20th April at 7.30pm, All Saints’ Church, Clifton, Bristol
A celebratory concert marking the 150th anniversary of All Saints’ Church, Clifton and the 100th birthday of one of America’s greatest conductors and composers, Leonard Bernstein with a performance of his dramatic Chichester Psalms.
The concert includes Janácek’s restful setting of the Lord’s Prayer and the rarely-heard Hymne: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen for ladies’ voices by the 19th century composer Josef Rheinberger.
The choir gives the first performance of a new work for men’s choir by the young composer Amy Summers, one of this year’s City of Bristol Choir Scholars, and the final two works of the programme set vivid and passionate words by 17th century poets: Finzi’s wonderful melodious festival anthem Lo, the full, final sacrifice, and the dramatic cantata Crucifixus pro nobis by the Yorkshire-born composer Kenneth Leighton.
Tickets £15 for adults, £5 for students/under 18s, available online from City of Bristol Choir and from the choir’s ticket line 0117 950 7055.
Sunday 25 February at 6pm, St James Priory, Bristol
Exultate Singers presents an Evening Serenade of romantic music from around the globe. The choir will be joined by the internationally-renowned guitarist Craig Ogden and the virtuoso cellist Richard May for performances of wonderfully atmospheric pieces that travel from the calm and stillness of Samuel Barber’s Sure on this shining night to the energetic samba rhythms of Brazilian folk songs. The central work of the concert is a suite of seven vivid settings of Lorca poems for choir and guitar by the Spanish composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco, described by Segovia as ‘the first composer I have met who immediately understands how to write for the guitar’. The Spanish fervour of much of the music is contrasted by reflective songs by Britten, Holst and the Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Stars sets a poem by Sara Teasdale in which the choir not only sing but play chords on tuned wine glasses, creating a mystical, cosmic experience.
Tickets £18 / £13 / £10, available online from the Exultate Singers shop and from Opus 13 music shop on 0117 923 0164 or over the counter at the shop at 14 St Michael’s Hill.
Saturday 18 November at 7.30pm, All Saints’ Church, Clifton, Bristol
A concert of music inspired by the saints, performed by City of Bristol Choir, conducted by David, with the tenor soloist Ben Thapa and organist Richard Johnson. The programme includes music by Howells, Harris, Britten, Stanford and Finzi, and Kodály’s Missa Brevis, a dramatic and emotional prayer for peace.
Tickets £15 (under 18s and students £5) from www.cityofbristolchoir.org.uk and by phone on 0117 950 7055 or from Opus 13 music shop on 0117 923 0164.
Sunday 12 November at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol
David conducts Exultate Singers in a concert of ethereal and powerful music featuring two world premieres by leading British composers.
Sicut Cervus is a brand new anthem commissioned by Exultate Singers from the celebrated composer Sir James MacMillan. Wanderlust, a work commissioned from Toby Young, explores feelings of loss and homelessness across different cultures. Through first-hand stories, original poetry, and haunting music the work explores the pain of those away from home, whether fighting on the front line or seeking refuge, as well as the strength and resilience shown by humanity all over the world. British choral gems by Tavener, Harris, Parry, Elgar and Howells complete the programme.
Tickets £12 to £22 from St George’s box office online and by phone on 0845 40 24 001
Sunday 22 and Tuesday 24 October 2017, Taormina and Noto, Sicily
David conducts Exultate Singers in concerts at the Duomo di Taormina on 22 October and Chiesa San Carlo, Noto on 24 October. Entry to the concerts, which begin at 8pm, is free. The choir will sing Sunday mass at the Duomo di Taormina at 11am.
Sunday 1 October, Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol
David conducted a live broadcast of Sunday Worship for BBC Radio 4, sung by the parish church choir of Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church with the organist Richard Johnson. The service was led by Father André Hart and the preacher was Canon Bruce Saunders. The service featured a new anthem written by David specially for the broadcast, Harvest Blessings.
The service can be heard on BBC iPlayer until 30 October 2017
Sunday 23 July at 2pm and 6pm, Royal Albert Hall, London
Choristers from Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church and singers from Bristol Youth Choir sang at the Royal Albert Hall at the Ten Pieces Proms, joining singers from around the UK to form the Ten Pieces Children’s Choir. They performed an excerpt from Elgar’s The Music Makers, the opening movement of Vivaldi’s Gloria, and No Place Like Home, a new commission by Kerry Andrew. The 6pm concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and will be shown on CBBC later in the year.
David’s setting of the words of St Teresa of Avila, Christ has no body now but yours, has retained its place in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2017, rising 8 places to No.280 on the list. The anthem has been recorded by Exultate Singers on its Visions of Peace CD and Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church Choir’s All Times and Seasons CD
Sunday 29 January at 6.30pm, Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church
Senior Girls of Bristol Youth Choir conducted by David Ogden with Kate Pearson (harp)
David Ogden conducts the Senior Girls of Bristol Youth Choir with the harpist Kate Pearson as they perform Britten’s Ceremony of Carols by candlelight for Candlemas at Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church as part of the church’s 1300th anniversary celebrations. Free entry, retiring collection.
Saturday 25 February at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol
Exultate Singers packs its bags for a whistle-stop tour around Europe in a spectacular selection of choral music which includes Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in alium, Roxanna Panufnik’s All Shall Be Well, James MacMillan’s Miserere mei, Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, the premiere of Naji Hakim’s Exultate Deo, and music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Giovanni Gabrieli, György Orbán, Veljo Tormis, Kodály, Bartók and Shostakovich. Tickets from £12 to £24 from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 and www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk.