David Ogden

Conductor and composer

BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong with RSCM Millennium Youth Choir

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Wednesday 29 October at 3.30pm, BBC Radio 3 repeated on Sunday 2nd November at 3pm 

The music was chosen on an All Saints’ theme, with particular connections to Gloucester and the choir itself. The ‘Gloucester Service’ canticles were written especially by the broadcast by Millennium Youth Choir singer and Assistant Conductor Owain Park, and the Responses are by another member of the choir, Kerensa Briggs. A recent graduate of Bristol University, Kerensa is the daughter of David Briggs who is a former Organist of Gloucester Cathedral. The anthem We love the place, O God was written by Herbert Sumsion, who was also Organist of Gloucester Cathedral, but the piece was actually written for the choir of Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church in Bristol where David is now Director of Music. The final hymn is David Ogden’s arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ Sine nomine setting of For all the saints, which David wrote originally for the Millennium Youth Choir to sing on a BBC Songs of Praise programme in 2009. Daniel Moult’s thrilling and virtuosic organ voluntary was written for him by Ronald Corp.

The music list is as follows:

Introit: Holy is the true light (Harris)
Responses:  Kerensa Briggs
Psalms 148, 150 (Stanford)
First lesson:  Isaiah 65.17-25
Canticles: Gloucester Service (Owain Park)
Second lesson:  Hebrews 11.32-12.2
Anthems:  We love the place, O God (Sumsion)
Justorum animae (Stanford)
Hymn:  For all the saints (Sine nomine, arr David Ogden)
Organ Voluntary:  Festivo (Ronald Corp)

David Ogden (Director of Music)
Daniel Moult (Organist)

Exultate Singers: 1914

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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/

City of Bristol Choir: Autumn Baroque

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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 at Bristol’s Colston Hall

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

High Sheriff of Bristol’s Concert

City of Bristol ChoirSaturday 7 June, Bristol Cathedral City of Bristol Choir and Bristol Schools Chamber Choir appeared at the annual High Sheriff of Bristol’s concert alongside the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra. David conducted performances of music by Elgar and Parry.

 

Collaboration with Camerata Vocale Hannover

Exultate Singers & Camerata Vocale HannoverSaturday 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

‘The making of’ David Ogden & Anna Farthing’s food anthem

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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

Exultate Singers on Clare Balding’s Good Morning Sunday

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Sunday 11 May, 7 – 9am, BBC Radio 2 David Ogden conducts Exultate Singers in live music on Clare Balding’s BBC Radio 2 show, Good Morning Sunday. The episode comes live from the BBC Food Connections festival in Bristol’s harbourside, ahead of the Bristol 10k that is being held the same morning.