James MacMillan’s Seven Angels


Saturday 7 November at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol

Exultate Singers reveals visions of heaven in this Remembrance weekend concert. A tapestry of works in the first half includes transcendent works by James MacMillan and William Harris and Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei, his own arrangement of his Adagio for Strings. The choir also performs Ian Carpenter’s radiant setting of In Paradisum and John Rutter’s anthem Hymn to the Creator of Light, an homage to Herbert Howells, full of mystical intensity, which with its iridescent chromatic harmonies is reminiscent of Howells’ own music.

For the second half, the choir is joined by trumpets, shofars, percussion, harp and cello to perform James MacMillan’s extraordinary new work Seven Angels, a setting of vivid and intensely dramatic text from the Book of Revelation. Commissioned by Ex Cathedra, it was premiered in Birmingham in January 2015.

Tickets £12 to £24, students in full time education £6, under 18s £4, from Exultate Singers’ website or by phone on 0845 40 24 001


Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil

rachmaninov-coverSaturday 21 November at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol

“Even in my wildest dreams I could not have imagined that I would write such a work.” So wrote Sergei Rachmaninov about his deeply moving All-Night Vigil, known as the Vespers, one of the choral masterpieces of the twentieth century which was premiered 100 years ago.

This performance will be given by the 100 voices of City of Bristol Choir, filling the candlelit hall with the sonorous sounds of Russian Orthodox music. Rachmaninov’s La Nuit and Pâques from the wonderful atmospheric Fantasie for Two Pianos complete the programme. Tickets £10 to £20, students in full time education and under 18s £5 from St George’s box office online or by phone on 0845 40 24 001

Carols by Candlelight


Saturday 12 December and Tuesday 15 December at 7.30pm, St James Priory, Bristol

Exultate Singers performs an exquisite programme of Christmas music, the perfect preparation for the festive season. Come and enjoy a wonderfully atmospheric evening in the beautiful surroundings of Bristol’s oldest building, St James Priory. The ticket price will include interval refreshments of warm mince pies and a Christmas spiced fruit punch, together with a complimentary programme. Tickets will go on sale in the Autumn


Christmas Spectaculars


Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 December at 7.45pm, St George’s Bristol

Two brilliantly entertaining evenings of festive music including sparkling orchestral pieces, beautiful choral Christmas carols and the opportunity for audience members to join in with the singing too. An annual favourite in the season’s concert diary for many. With City of Bristol Choir (Monday) and Exultate Singers (Tuesday).

Tickets £26 (£25), £23 (£22), £16 (£14), £12 (£10), £6 students in full time education, £5 under 18s from St George’s box office online or by phone on 0845 40 24 001

Festive Fiesta with The Bristol Ensemble


Wednesday 23 December at 7.45pm, St George’s Bristol

A feel-good festive evening of carols and Christmas music led by David – come and sing all your festive favourites with members of City of Bristol Choir, accompanied by professional orchestra The Bristol Ensemble. Bring the family for a wonderful evening of singing. Santa hats and Christmas jumpers encouraged! Tickets £23 (£22), £19 (£18), £16 (£14), £12 (£10), £5 students/under 18s from St George’s box office online or by phone on 0845 40 24 001

BBC Music Day


Friday 5 June 2015

David conducted a choir of singers from Bristol Youth Choir and City of Bristol Choir together with Charles Hazlewood’s British Paraorchestra and musicians from OpenUp Music at the very first BBC Music Day at the Colston Hall.

David’s arrangement of Pachelbel’s Canon, The Songs You Learn By Heart was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and was part of an hour-long concert broadcast on BBC local radio including Radio Bristol and Radio Wiltshire.

The event was featured on BBC Points West (video of their report here) and David also conducted the choir and orchestra live on The One Show in a performance of True Colours.

With thanks to everyone at Bristol Plays Music and the BBC for their work in co-ordinating the event.

Links to video and audio  around the the BBC

The One Show: 11m 15s

The Songs You Learn By Heart, BBC Radio 3

Afternoon on 3, BBC Radio 3: 1h 26m 14s

BBC Radio Bristol full concert

BBC Points West report

Music is for everyone: Radio Bristol reflection on the day


BBC Music Day


Friday 5th June, Colston Hall, Bristol

Bristol’s iconic Colston Hall welcomes a unique special educational needs and disability youth concert for BBC Music Day on Friday 5th June. Performing with custom-built instruments using new assistive technology, the children will play alongside 80 members of Bristol Youth Choir, City of Bristol Choir and members of The British Paraorchestra, in a daytime celebration conducted by Charles Hazlewood and David Ogden.

The concert which will be broadcast live from 3 – 4pm on four local radio stations, and around the world on Radio 3 will feature original compositions by members of the Paraorchestra along with the first performance of The songs you learn by heart, a song about inclusivity and diversity in performance set to the music of Pachelbel’s Canon. There will also be a performance of True Colours, the song of the London 2012 Paralympics.

A World of Singing


Thursday 25 June, St George’s Bristol

The Juniors of Bristol Youth Choir are joined on stage at St George’s Bristol by City of Bristol Choir and the Royal Mail Choir for this singing extravaganza celebrating our wonderful world. Enjoy a wide range of music including Bob Chilcott’s Green Songs, choral masterpieces and arrangements of songs from the shows and pop classics, including some audience participation. Given in aid of the Stroke Association.

Tickets £6 for adults, £2 under 18s from St George’s box office online or by phone on 0845 40 24 001