Join David Ogden, members of City of Bristol Choir and fellow fans of musicals and films for an unashamedly indulgent day of singing blockbusting hits from stage, screen and Strictly Come Dancing! Now in its fourth successful year, the day culminates in a grand (but very informal) showcase performed by the day’s cast accompanied by a live band. Workshop tickets £12 (£5 under 18s) from St George’s Bristol on 0845 40 24 001 or book online
Fresh from their success on BBC Two’s hit series Sing While You Work, the Royal Mail Choir will join leading Bristol choirs at St George’s Bristol on Sunday 1st December to sing, shave and raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
Beginning at 3pm at the concert hall just off Park Street in central Bristol, over 150 singers will assemble on stage under the direction of choirmaster David Ogden for a riotous afternoon which will include the posties singing their iconic arrangement of the Beatles classic All You Need Is Love as featured in the Royal Mail Christmas advert. All the fun will be led by the presenter, BBC Radio Bristol’s Steve Yabsley.
Live shaving will take place on stage, with men who have been growing Movember moustaches having them removed by a professional barber, a moment that can’t come soon enough for local PR guru Pam Lloyd. Her husband Dieter, Managing Director of fresh produce PR specialists Pam Lloyd PR said, “It was Pam’s idea that I have a go, but the reality has been more than she was prepared for. Each successive incarnation of the mo from Zapata to Burt Reynolds and then a poor Poirot imitation has been greeted with horror.”
As well as contributions from the accomplished chamber choir Exultate Singers, the 80-strong voices of City of Bristol Choir and the young musicians of Bristol Schools Chamber Choir, the concert will mark the debut performance of a new 8-voice ensemble, More Than Four.
Since being formed for the BBC Two television series, Royal Mail Choir has raised over £40,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, including matched giving from Royal Mail, through concerts, donations and sales from the single it recorded with X Factor winner Joe McElderry.
Tickets for the concert are on sale now at St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or online from www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk priced at just £5 for adults, £3 for under 18s.
David conducted the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir in a service of Sunday Worship live on BBC Radio 4 from Holy Name Church, Manchester for the Feast of Christ The King. The music included Britten’s Hymn to St Columba marking the centenary of the composer’s birth, Bryan Kelly’s Rejoice the Lord is King, and David’s setting of Teach us, Good Lord, which appears on the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir’s latest CD, The Heart’s Voice
Sunday 24th November, BBC One This week’s Songs of Praise included David’s arrangement of ‘You are called to tell the story’, recorded in St Swithin’s Church, Bath with David conducting
Sunday 1st December at 3pm, St Georges’ Bristol
A fantastic afternoon’s entertainment with Royal Mail Choir (as featured in the current Royal Mail Christmas TV ad), City of Bristol Choir, Exultate Singers, Bristol Schools Chamber Choir and the debut performance of a new 8-voice ensemble, More Than Four, conducted by David Ogden. All the choirs will be performing in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Come and celebrate the end of Movember, and gents can come and have their charity-raising moustaches shaved off by a professional barber. And courtesy of Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, on-street parking is free of charge!
Tickets £5, children £3 from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or online at www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk. Box office is open from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
Recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, in the same studio in which the Beatles recorded, David conducted the Royal Mail Choir in his arrangement of ‘All you need is love’. The recording is the soundtrack of the new Royal Mail TV ad which aired for the first time on 2nd November, during the X Factor and Downton Abbey.
Sunday 10th November 2013 at 7.30pm, St Alban’s Church, Westbury Park, Bristol
In this concert for Remembrance Sunday, City of Bristol Choir is joined by the Lochrian Ensemble to perform Fauré’s beautiful setting of the Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.
Tickets are £17 for adults, £15 concessions, £5 under 18/students in full time education, available from City of Bristol Choir ticket line on 01454 778477 or online at www.cityofbristolchoir.org.uk
Monday 9th December 2013 at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol
A musical treat for all the family to kick-start Christmas, as the Bristol Schools Chamber Choir showcases the wonderful vocal abilities of its young performers with a selection of festive favourites traditional and modern. At the heart of the programme is a performance by the Senior Girls Choir of Britten’s beautiful Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by harpist Kate Watt.
Tickets £9 adults; £5 under 18s available from St George’s box office 0845 40 24 001 or www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk
Thursday 12th and Saturday 14th December at 7.45pm, St James’ Priory
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 ticket price includes interval refreshments of warm mince pies and a Christmas spiced fruit punch, together with a complimentary programme. Tickets £15 for adults, £13 for concessions, £5 for students in full time education and £2 for under 18s, available to purchase online from the Exultate Singers’ shop