David Ogden

Conductor and composer

City of Bristol Choir: Spring in the Air

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Saturday 28th February at 7.30pm, St Alban’s Church, Westbury Park, Bristol

For its Spring concert, City of Bristol Choir presents a programme of wonderful choral music from Austria and Germany. The main work is Anton Bruckner’s colossal Mass in E minor for choir and fifteen wind and brass instruments. The work contrasts beautiful, unaccompanied, serene choral writing reminiscent of Palestrina with passages for full choir and ensemble overflowing with drama and intensity. The 100-strong choir is joined by Quorum, a professional ensemble made up of some of the South West’s leading brass and woodwind players.

£18 adults, £16 concessions, £5 students/under 18s available from www.cityofbristolchoir.org.uk and from Opus 13 music shop at 14 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol, telephone 0117 923 0164

Exultate Singers: A Sense of the Divine

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Saturday 14th February at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol

David conducts a programme of beautiful choral music on the theme of love. Sensuous motets by Renaissance masters Victoria and Palestrina setting words from the Song of Songs are contrasted with ravishing choral pieces by Finzi, Rütti, Whitacre and Daniel-Lesur. The choir will also give the world premiere of a new work by Bristol-based composer David Bednall, commissioned especially for this concert. Three Songs of Love sets words by John Clare, John McCrae and W.B. Yeats including his famous poem ‘The Cloths of Heaven’. Cellist Richard May and pianist Olena Shvetsova perform music by Chopin and Piazzolla. Tickets £12 to £24 from St George’s box office online or on 0845 40 24 001

Summer Gala concert with John Rutter

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

A concert with 200 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

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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.

Tickets are £12 to £26 with discounts for concessions and special prices for students in full time education and under 18s, available online from Exultate Singers website and St George’s box office or by phone on 0845 40 24 001, or from St George’s box office in person

St John Passion two day workshop

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Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March, Dartington Great Hall

David will lead a two-day workshop on Bach’s St John Passion for Dartington Community Choir which is open to all singers to attend. Over the weekend the workshop will cover all the choruses in detail, culminating in an informal performance of the work accompanied by piano duet. More details can be found at the Dartington Community Choir website.

To book your place, download the application form

A new CD from Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church Choir

The new CD from Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church Choir will be released in December 2014 and is available to order now from the church’s website www.westbury-parish-church.org.uk/cd.php. The CD includes five pieces by David: We welcome you, written for Susanna’s baptism; Teach us, good Lord; Prayer of Mother Teresa; Christ is our cornerstone, written for Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church; and the Remembrance anthem, We will remember them. 

Christmas Spectaculars with Bristol Ensemble

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Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 December, St George’s Bristol 

Two glorious evenings of festive music performed by the 90 voices of City of Bristol Choir (Monday) and accomplished chamber choir Exultate Singers (Tuesday) under the baton of the entertaining conductor David Ogden, including sparkling arrangements of Christmas music for choir and orchestra, audience carols, readings and Christmas pieces for orchestra alone. Tickets from St George’s Bristol box office online at www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk or from 0845 40 24 001

Carols by Candlelight with Exultate Singers

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Thursday 11th and Saturday 13th December, St James Priory, Bristol Exultate Singers performs an exquisite programme of Christmas music, the perfect preparation for the festive season. Come and enjoy a wonderfully atmospheric evening in the beautiful surroundings of Bristol’s oldest building, St James Priory. The programme includes unaccompanied traditional carols, audience carols and Christmas music for choir and harp. Tickets from www.exultatesingers.org or from Opus 13 music shop at 14 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol, telephone 0117 923 0164.