A Sense of the Divine

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Saturday 23rd April 2016 at 7.30pm

Conducted by David Ogden
With Craig Ogden guitar, Richard May cello and Jeremy Little percussion

Programme to include:
Alberto Ginastera Lamentations of Jeremiah
Heitor Villa Lobos Ave Maria
Juan de Araujo Los coflades de la estleya
Ernst Mahle Carimbo
Juan de Araujo Ay Andar
Roque Jacinto de Chavarria Fuera, fuera
Anon Dulce Jesús mio 
Traditional Brazilian arr Machado Sambalele                               
Anon Hanaq pachap kisikuyin         
Herbert Bittrich Festejo de Navidad                 
A. Troilo arr Pereda Sur                        
Traditional Venezuelan arr Davellaar E Mariposa  

Heitor Villa Lobos Aria from Bachianas Brasileras No.5
Ástor Piazzolla : Milonga del Angel
Radamés Gnattali Sonata, third movement

Exultate Singers heads to South America in advance of the Rio 2016 Olympics for this year’s ever-popular Sense of the Divine concert featuring a wide variety of choral music across the ages from Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Bolivia.

Beautiful sonorous 17th century polyphony combine with arrangements of lively and energetic folk songs and dances such as the samba, tango and malambo. The 100th anniversary of the birth of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera is marked by a performance of his Lamentations of Jeremiah, a dramatic and passionate folk-inspired work for unaccompanied choir.

The choir is joined by the renowned classical guitarist Craig Ogden, and the virtuoso cellist Richard May who will perform music by Villa Lobos, Piazzolla and Gnattali.

Don’t miss this toe-tapping choral carnival!

Craig Ogden – classical guitar

Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all of the main UK orchestras plus many abroad. He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at the major venues and collaborates with many of the UK’s top artists and ensembles. He has presented on BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and ABC Classic FM (Australia).

As one of the UK’s most recorded guitarists, his recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim. Craig’s Classic FM albums The Guitarist and Summertime both shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart in summer 2010 and 2011 respectively followed by the release of Christmas Time in November 2013. His latest Classic FM albums Summer Guitar (2014) and Craig Ogden and Friends (2015) both went straight to No. 1 in the classical chart.

Craig Ogden is Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music, Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Curator of The Bridgewater Hall Guitar Weekend and Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival.

Richard May - cellist

Richard May is a soloist and chamber musician, and has performed many of the major cello concertos with such orchestras as the Basel Symphony, English Sinfonia, Ulster and BBC Philharmonic, and appeared throughout the UK, North and South America, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Andorra, Ukraine, South Africa and Japan, including performances at the Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Barbican and South Bank Centres, and at festivals in Salzburg, Berlin, London and Aldeburgh. He has performed live on television and radio, both nationally and internationally, and features as soloist on Exultate Singers' All Shall Be Well CD.

Following on from winning the BBC TV Young Musician of the Year String Category, his London debut recital at the Purcell Room included the world premiere of Five Duos for cello and piano by Colin Matthews, written for him. A recital of Bach Solo Suites in Switzerland gained critical acclaim for “absolute perfection and virtuosity”. He also gave a televised recital for the ITV series Solo, featuring British musicians, and has performed as soloist and chamber musician with Nigel Kennedy.


St George's, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


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