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

Bristol Youth Choir Seniors Summer Concert


Wednesday 24th June 2015 at 7.30pm • St George’s Bristol

Bristol Youth Choir Seniors perform Vivaldi’s Gloria, a wonderfully sparkling and uplifting choral work. Solos and duets by Purcell and Mozart together with folk songs and some blues numbers complete the programme.

This concert is given as part of the Sounds Inspiring festival, a collaboration between Bristol Plays Music, the Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol. Over two weeks of events will involve thousands of Bristol’s young people. Taking place in venues across the city, the festival celebrates everything about young people’s music-making: their energy, talent and imagination. Coinciding with Green Capital Week, this inaugural year has a ‘green’ theme.

Tickets £8 (£2 under 18s), available from St George’s box office online or by phone on 0845 40 24 001

Exultate Singers in Leigh Woods


Sunday 28 June at 7pm • Leigh Woods, Bristol As the light fades, Exultate Singers performs amongst the trees, around and aboard the boats of Luke Jerram’s Withdrawn installation, a partnership between the National Trust and Bristol European Green Capital 2015. Beautiful and atmospheric choral pieces celebrating the varied aspects of nature and the sea will echo around the clearing in harmony with the dusk chorus of the woodland’s birds. Tickets £15, available online from the National Trust or by phone on 0844 249 1895

Honorary Award from the RSCM


The Royal School of Church Music has announced today that David is to receive the honorary award of Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music. The award will be conferred at a ceremony as part of the RSCM Celebration Day in St Edmundsbury Cathedral on 3rd October 2015

Summer Gala concert with John Rutter

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Saturday 20th June at 7.30pm, Colston Hall, Bristol

A concert with 250 singers and professional symphony orchestra celebrating the young and those who are young of heart. City of Bristol Choir is joined by Exultate Singers, Bristol Youth Choir, choristers from Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church Choir and the Bristol Ensemble.

Marking his 70th birthday, the celebrated composer John Rutter conducts his Mass of the Children, in which traditional texts are interspersed with settings of poems celebrating youth and life. The choirs and orchestra will also perform Jonathan Dove’s There was a child, a work which celebrates a life filled with vitality, energy and spirit. Singing the roles of Mother and Son are soprano Erica Eloff and the international star tenor Toby Spence. The concert is in aid of Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Tickets are £40 / £30 / £20, with tickets for under 18s priced at £10 available online from City of Bristol Choir  or from Colston Hall box office (with booking fee) by phone on 0844 887 1500, online or from the Colston Hall box office in person. The box office is open for personal callers from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm

Exultate Singers: Mass in B minor


Saturday 28th March at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol

Given as part of the St George’s Easter Passion festival, Exultate Singers and the Lochrian Ensemble perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor, undoubtedly one of the greatest works in the choral repertoire.

Famous for the beauty and power of the vocal and orchestral writing, this monumental work incorporates elements from compositions that span many years of Bach’s career, developed and refined during his last years of life to create a masterpiece of the Baroque era.

Read the review of the concert here