Saturday 11 October at 7.30pm, St Alban’s Church, Bristol City of Bristol Choir performs Handel’s youthful and vibrant work, Dixit Dominus, full of drama, passion and exquisitely beautiful vocal lines, and Vivaldi’s double choir setting of Beatus Vir with its flamboyant solo movements, vivid word painting and colourful choral textures. The choir is joined by professional orchestra The Lochrian Ensemble, who will perform Autumn from The Four Seasons – familiar, but always a wonderful listen with its rustic scenes of peasants, harvest dances and over indulgence in the local liquor, and a dramatic account of an Autumn hunt with horns, guns and hounds. Tickets are on sale now from Opus 13 music shop on 0117 923 0164 and online at www.cityofbristolchoir.org.uk
Carmina Burana with Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra
Saturday 15th November 2014 at 7.30pm, Colston Hall
A choir of 200 singers joins Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra for a memorable full-scale performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. With lyrics from the Middle Ages expressing earthly desires and a hearty enjoyment of life, and pulsating rhythms, full of passion and excitement, this is music of a primeval nature. David conducts the orchestra and singers from City of Bristol Choir, Bristol Schools Chamber Choir, Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church, Bristol Grammar School and St Peter’s Hospice Choir. Will Goodchild conducts the orchestra in performances of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Dvorak’s ever-popular symphony From the New World. This concert is given in aid of St Peter’s Hospice. Tickets £10.75 to £21.50 (including Colston Hall booking fee), on sale now from Colston Hall box office online or by phone on 0844 887 1500
Sunday 9 November at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol Exultate Singers is joined by professional orchestra The Lochrian Ensemble to perform a programme of music marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.
The programme includes Herbert Howells’ exquisitely beautiful unaccompanied setting of the Requiem, and Gerald Finzi’s moving and intense Requiem da Camera. Tickets are available from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or online at www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/exultate-singers-1914/
Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th May, Hannover, Germany Exultate Singers joined forces with Camerata Vocale Hannover to give two collaborative concerts, in Hildesheim and Hannover, as part of the celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian succession to the British throne. The German choir makes a return visit to Bristol later this year, giving a concert in St Mary Redcliffe Church on Friday 5 September
As part of BBC Radio 4′s Food Programme first broadcast on Sunday 4 May, David and lyricist Anna Farthing discussed how they tackled the commission from BBC Food Connections and produced the food anthem, Stand Up For Good Food which was premiered at the BBC Food & Farming Awards on Thursday 1st May. Skip to 14:00 minutes into the programme to hear them talk about the creative process: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042cs5w
Thursday 1st May, BBC Radio 4 BBC Food Connections festival commissioned David and lyricist Anna Farthing to write a brand new food anthem, Stand Up For Good Food which was premiered at the BBC Food & Farming Awards ceremony at St George’s Bristol. Singing to an audience which included celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Raymond Blanc and Mary Berry, BBC Director of Radio Helen Boaden, Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, Bristol Schools Junior Chamber Choir and Exultate Singers stole the show with the song, an excerpt of which was broadcast in a special report on the awards on BBC Radio 4 on Monday 5 May. For more information about the song, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Photograph by Christopher Gray
Bach’s Magnificat is bright and lively with wonderfully lyrical solos providing moments of reflection between the energetic choruses and dazzling trumpet lines.
Mozart’s stirring ‘Great’ Mass in C Minor combines beautiful and virtuosic soprano duets, rousing and dramatic choruses, and orchestral fireworks. The line-up of soloists includes rising stars of the opera world. Portuguese soprano Susana Gaspar represented her country at Cardiff Singer of the World in 2013 and is a frequent soloist at the Royal Opera House. Scottish soprano Eleanor Dennis regularly appears with Scottish Opera and was recently described by Fiona Maddocks in The Observer, as a “singer with a marvellous future. I’m not sure I can ever remember a soloist who so obviously deserves to be a star”. As well as his many opera roles, the “exciting” tenor Ed Lyon has appeared as a soloist at the BBC Proms, and was described by The Guardian as “one of Britain’s top baroque tenors”.
Tickets £10 to £25 (discounts for concessions) from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or online at www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk