Saturday 27th February, All Saints’ Church, Clifton
David conducts the 100 singers of City of Bristol Choir in a programme of French sacred music which includes Vierne’s mighty Messe Solennelle, performed alongside Fauré’s exquisitely beautiful anthem Cantique de Jean Racine and motets by Duruflé, Dupré, Saint-Saëns and Villette. Richard Johnson performs organ works by Escaich, Widor and Vierne. Tickets £18 (£16 concessions, £5 children) including French wine and cheese from www.cityofbristolchoir.org.uk
Wednesday 10 February at 7.30pm, The Lighthouse, Poole
Thursday 11 February at 7.30pm, Colston Hall, Bristol
David is chorus master for singers from Bristol Youth Choir and from schools in and around Bristol who are part of the MacMillan Choir, formed especially for these performances of James MacMillan’s Little Mass with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
The Mass is major new choral work, co-commissioned by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from the man who has been called Britain’s greatest living composer. MacMillan’s music is passionate, sincere and charged with emotion. Kirill Karabits conducts the two performances.
More information about the performance on 10 February
More information about the performance on 11 February
BBC One, Sunday 27 December at 1.15pm David conducts Exultate Singers and the Lochrian Ensemble, performing John Rutter’s beautiful Gaelic Blessing on BBC One’s Songs of Praise
BBC One, Christmas Day at 11.40pm http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06t09rw/love-came-down-at-christmas
Exultate Singers and The Lochrian Ensemble perform David’s setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem Love Came Down At Christmas specially commissioned for this Christmas Night programme. For sheet music enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Call The Midwife Christmas Special, BBC One, Christmas Day at 7.30pm David was Religious Music Adviser for the Call The Midwife Christmas Special which airs on Christmas Day
Released 3rd December 2015 Exultate Singers’ latest CD is Carols by Candlelight, a selection of traditional and contemporary carols and Christmas music. The CD includes David’s setting of Rowan Williams’ poem, Advent Calendar. £10, available to order from Exultate Singers website and on sale at Opus 13 music shop at 14 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol, telephone 0117 923 0164
David’s setting of We Will Remember Them was performed by Exultate Singers and the Lochrian Ensemble in a special edition of Songs of Praise for Remembrance Sunday on 8 November. The piece starts at 13m48s into the programme and can be viewed on BBC iPlayer. David also conducts his arrangement of ‘Eternal Father strong to save’, sung by a congregation including members of City of Bristol Choir and Bristol Youth Choir at St Alban’s Church, Westbury Park.
The sheet music of We Will Remember Them can be ordered from Opus 13 music shop on 0117 923 0164 and from White Light Publishing. The piece was recorded by the choir of Holy Trinity Church, Bristol, conducted by David, on the CD ‘Sing My Soul’. Listen to a clip and order your copy here: www.westbury-parish-church.org.uk/cd.php
David conducts Exultate Singers in a return visit to sing the services at Salisbury Cathedral on 29th and 30th August. The organist for the weekend is Daniel Moult.
Saturday 29 August 2015
Evensong at 5.30pm
Canticles: Second Service – Orlando Gibbons
Anthem: My lovely one – Gerald Finzi
Sunday 30 August 2015
Eucharist at 10.30am
Mass setting: Cantus Missae – Josef Rheinberger
Communion motet: Morning Prayers – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Evensong at 4.30pm
Magnificat à 12 – Andrea Gabrieli
Nunc dimittis: Tarik O’Regan
Anthem: The Lord is a sun and a shield – William Boyce
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
Saturday 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