David Ogden is a professional conductor and composer. He conducts Exultate Singers, City of Bristol Choir, the Royal Mail Choir, Royal School of Church Music’s Millennium Youth Choir and RSCM Chamber Choir, and in his post of Head of the Bristol Choral Centre, he conducts the Bristol Schools Chamber Choirs.
David has conducted numerous concerts of all kinds of music, from jazz and songs from the shows to first performances by contemporary composers, along with an extensive repertoire of songs, anthems and over 100 large-scale choral works.
For over 20 years he has worked with numerous professional and amateur groups of all shapes and sizes in many fields of music making, including concerts, musical theatre and opera, community projects, primary and secondary level educational workshops, from small children’s groups to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In the UK, he works extensively with the Royal School of Church Music, and with the BBC, conducting choirs on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the World Service, working as conductor, arranger and music adviser on BBC TV’s Songs of Praise.
He worked as music adviser and conductor for the BBC’s hit series Call The Midwife, and with choirmaster Gareth Malone rehearsing the Royal Mail Choir in the BBC Two series The Choir: Sing While You Work. He conducted the choir in a charity single with X-Factor winner Joe McElderry in April 2013 in aid of Prostate Cancer Care.
His compositions are published by the RSCM and White Light Publishing, and are performed in schools and churches worldwide. His music is broadcast frequently on BBC radio and television. In April 2008 one of his anthems was performed by a 250-strong choir in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI as part of a Papal Mass in the Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium in Washington DC with a congregation of 40,000 people in attendance. In April 2009 he travelled to Assisi to conduct the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir in a week-long choral pilgrimage for the BBC, marking the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order of St Francis. In 2004 David was made an Associate of the Royal School of Church Music in recognition of his services to church music.