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
Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th December 2011 at 7.45pm Exultate Singers’ first Carols by Candlelight concert back in St James Priory following its £4.4 million restoration proved so popular that the choir announced an extra date. The concert on Wednesday 14th December is sold out but there will be an additional concert held on Tuesday 13th December. Tickets available from Exultate Singers’ website and Providence Music shop on 0117 927 6536
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.
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
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