A fantastic new collection of carols for Advent and Christmas, selected and edited by David, is being published on Monday 14 September. Resources include rehearsal and backing tracks available on demand. This superb new collection of 42 carols by 26 composers has been specially compiled to appeal to church and school choirs of all kinds and sizes. Choirs and those who listen to them will love the 30 new carols in a wide range of tempos and styles (from plainsong to funk), as well as twelve arrangements of well-known favourites.
Join David and fellow singers for a contemporary choral music Summer School in the beautiful city of Lincoln, featuring music both by established and less well-known living composers. There will be a visit and lecture by one of the featured composers.
The Run by Singers course begins with dinner on Sunday evening, and finishes on Friday where participants perform the new repertoire at a lunchtime concert, followed by afternoon tea by the lake.
The music includes:
Eric Whitacre Sainte Chapelle
Janet Wheeler Beati Quorum via
James MacMillan The Gallant Weaver
Bob Chilcott Like a singing bird
Bob Chilcott Lovely tear of lovely eye
Judith Weir Drop down ye heavens from above
David Ogden All shall be well
Morten Lauridsen Sure on this shining night
Philip Moore Morning Prayers
Ian Carpenter Ave Verum
David Bednall The souls of the righteous
James Whitbourn Pure river of the water of life
Billy Joel And so it goes
Saturday 23 November 2019 at 7.30pm, St. David’s Church, Exeter
David makes his debut with the Exeter Festival Chorus as Guest Conductor in a programme of English choral music including works by Howells, Britten, Finzi, Harris, Judith Weir, and David’s Angels from the realms of glory alongside interludes of poetry byDryden, Blake and Rossetti. With the tenor Kieran White and organist Peter King. Tickets £18 (students £5, under 18s £1), available from www.exeterfestivalchorus.org.uk
In this early evening Remembrance Sunday concert, Exultate Singers performs a programme of music on the theme of light as a symbol of hope and optimism including music by Howells, Roxanna Panufnik, Cecilia McDowall, John Rutter and Nicholas O’Neill. Tickets £12 to £21, available from St George’s box office online and by phone on 0845 40 24 001
Saturday 19 October at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol
David conducts the 100 singers of City of Brsitol Choir and professional orchestra The Bristol Ensemble in a rapturous celebration of love. The programme includes poems by the ancient Greek female poet Sappho set to music by Jonathan Dove, as well as Vaughan Williams’ ravishing Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and music by Finzi and Byrd. Tickets £15 to £28, available from St George’s box office online and by phone on 0845 40 24 001
David is conducting this year’s High Sheriff’s Concert in 2019 and has been commissioned to write a work which will receive its premiere at the event. The piece, Every breath a song, sets words by the Benedictine Sister, Delores Dufner from Minnesota, USA. David will conduct a chorus of 170 voices made of singers from Bristol Outh Choir, Exultate Singers, and the Bristol-based gospel choir Renewal Choir. Together they will perform a new work by the composer Toby Young and librettist Jennifer Thorp, As One, which celebrates the history and diversity of Bristol. Exultate Singers will also perform Tallis’ iconic 40-part motet, Spem in alium. More information can be found at www.exultatesingers.org
David was interviewed by the news website Quartz about the huge benefits of singing at work. As conductor of workplace choirs at Airbus, Arval, Royal Mail and Sawday’s, David is passionate about the benefits of singing as part of the working day, drawing on a long history of workers using songs to commune during the day, from plantation slaves, to fishermen, to coal miners.