David Ogden

Conductor and composer

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.

Food anthem ‘Stand Up For Good Food’ a hit at BBC Food & Farming Awards

BBC Food & Farming Awards

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 info@davidogden.co.uk

Photograph by Christopher Gray

City of Bristol Choir: Mozart Mass in C Minor and Bach Magnificat

cover picSaturday 17th May at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol David conducts City of Bristol Choir and The Lochrian Ensemble in performances of Mozart’s ‘Great’ Mass in C Minor and Bach’s Magnificat.

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

Exultate Singers: Baroque Masterpieces

 

Wednesday 25 June 2014 at 7.45pm, St George’s Bristol Exultate Singers performs choral masterpieces of the Baroque era in St James Priory including J.S. Bach’s thrilling motet Der Geist hilft, and Domenico Scarlatti’s meditative and poignant setting of the medieval Stabat Mater poem which weaves ten voice parts in an exquisite tapestry of polyphony throughout the work. The choir is joined by the exceptional cellist Richard May, who will play continuo cello alongside Richard Johnson on chamber organ. Tickets £15 for adults, £13 concessions, £5 students in full time education, £2 under 18s from www.exultatesingers.org, by telephone on 0117 923 0164 or in person from Opus 13 Music at 14 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol

Bristol Schools Chamber Choir Summer Concert

Tuesday 24th June 2014 at 7.30pm Bristol Schools Chamber Choir performs Gabriel Fauré’s enduring masterpiece, Requiem at St George’s Bristol. Also on the programme is the contemplative, well-loved Cantique de Jean Racine, Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, solo arias and songs. Tickets are £10 / £8 / £6 / £5 (£1 discount for concessions), available from St George’s box office by phone on 0845 40 24 001 or visit www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

Come and Sing event, Taunton

Saturday 12 April, 10.30am-4pm • St Andrew’s Church, Taunton

David directs an all day ‘Come and Sing’ event for RSCM Somerset Area, primarily on his own music. The programme is planned to include many items that attendees will want to take back to their own churches – favourites, and some less well known. RSCM individual members, Friends of RSCM and members of RSCM-affiliated churches can book for £12, non-members £15 and people in full-time education £5. Contact Jerry King at Somerset Area RSCM to book – telephone 01275 462433