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

New RSCM publication: The Word Revealed

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, the RSCM has published a new book, The Word Revealed, which includes David’s anthem Teach us, good Lord which sets words by St Ignatius of Loyola. The book includes a varied selection of hymns, songs, readings and anthems, some specially written for this festival, and is ideal for RSCM choral festivals and special services laid out as a festival service conveniently in one volume. A sample pdf is available to view online and the book can be purchased from RSCM Music Direct.

Exultate Singers – Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday 15th December 2010 at 8pm David conducts Exultate Singers in the choir’s annual Carols by Candlelight concert, which this year will be held in Clifton College Chapel, Bristol. Come and enjoy an atmospheric evening of seasonal music for choir and organ. Tickets £15 (concessions £13, students in full time education £5, children under 18 £2) available from Providence Musics shop on 0117 927 6536 or online at www.exultatesingers.org/shop

City of Bristol Choir – Duruflé Requiem

Sunday 14th November 2010 at 7.30pm City of Bristol Choir continues its 20th anniversary season with Remembrance Sunday concert of reflective and meditative choral music at St Alban’s Church, Westbury Park, Bristol. The choir is joined by professional cellist Juliet McCarthy to perform works which reflect the themes of peace and reconciliation, including In War, a setting by Malcolm Archer of words by Winston Churchill, Barber’s Agnus Dei, Fauré’s Elegie and John Tavener’s Threnos for solo cello. Duruflé’s atmospheric setting of the Requiem mass completes the programme. Its combination of timeless plainsong melodies with hushed celestial harmonies contrasted with dramatic outbursts from the choir and organ make it a moving piece to hear live in concert. The concert is given in support of the work of the Royal British Legion. Tickets are £13 (£11 concessions, £5 under 18s) available from City of Bristol Choir ticket line on 07932 711379 or online at www.cityofbristolchoir.org.uk/141110.php.

The remainder of the season will include performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts.

Exultate Singers – Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil

Sunday 7th November 2010 at 7.30pm David conducts Exultate Singers in a performance of Rachmaninov’s lavish music for the Russian Orthodox church, the All-Night Vigil (often simply known as the Vespers), one of the greatest choral masterpieces of the twentieth century. Written for unaccompanied choir throughout with deep textures, sumptuous harmonies and simple, beautiful melodies, it is unmistakably Russian and perfectly suited to the warm, clear acoustic of St George’s Bristol. In an evening of Russian music, the virtuosic cellist Richard May and concert pianist Olena Shvetsova perform movements from Shostakovich and Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonatas and the haunting Vocalise. The UK premiere of Yuri Yukechev’s The Epistle for choir and cello completes the programme. Tickets £10 – £18 from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or online at www.exultatesingers.org/shop

Exultate Singers – A Sense of the Divine

Sunday 13th February 2011 at 7.30pm David conducts Exultate Singers in a performance in the round of Tallis’ 40-part motet, Spem in alium, in St George’s Bristol. The concert also includes Allegri’s Miserere mei and works by Lili Boulanger, William Harris, Eric Whitacre, Jaako Mäntyjärvi. Tickets are priced from £10-£20 (discounts for concessions), available from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or online.

City of Bristol Choir – 20th anniversary season

City of Bristol Choir launches its 20th anniversary season with a performance of Mozart’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis in a collaboration with the professional orchestra, The Bristol Ensemble, on Saturday 2nd October 2010 in the Colston Hall. Tickets are priced from £15 – £20 (£5 for under 18s) and are available from the Colston Hall box office on 0117 922 3686 or online at www.cityofbristolchoir.org.uk.

The season will include performances of Duruflé’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B minor and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts.

RSCM Millennium Youth Choir Summer Course 2010

16th – 22nd August 2010 The RSCM Millennium Youth Choir’s Summer Course is based at Truro Cathedral. You can hear them sing services at the Cathedral – Evensong at 5.30pm on Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Friday 20th August at 5.30pm; sung Eucharist at 10am and Evensong at 4pm on Sunday 22nd August.

The choir will also be giving a concert at 7.30pm on Thursday 19th August in St Ives Parish Church, St Andrew’s Street, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1AH. Tickets will be £6 in advance, £7 on the door, available from the local box office on (01726) 879 500 or online at www.crbo.co.uk.