An Evening Romance

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Sunday 25th February 2018 at 6pm
St James Priory, Whitson Street, Bristol BS1 3NZ

Conducted by David Ogden
With Craig Ogden guitar and Richard May cello

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Romancero Gitano Op 152
Anton Arensky Serenade from Vocal Quartet Op 57
Samuel Barber Sure on this shining night
Gustav Holst Come to me in the silence of the night
Ēriks Ešenvalds Stars and Long Road
Trad. Brazilian arr. Ernst Mahle Two movements from Carimbó
Friedrich Burgmüller Two Nocturnes for Guitar and Cello
Piazzolla Libertango
Villa Lobos Aria from Bachianas Brasileras No.5

As the sun sets on an early Spring day, Exultate Singers presents an Evening Serenade of romantic music from around the globe. The choir is delighted to be joined by the internationally-renowned guitarist Craig Ogden and the virtuoso cellist Richard May for performances of wonderfully atmospheric pieces that travel from the calm and stillness of Samuel Barber’s Sure on this shining night to the energetic samba rhythms of Brazilian folk songs.

The central piece is a suite of seven vivid settings of Lorca poems for choir and guitar by the Spanish composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco, described by Segovia as ‘the first composer I have met who immediately understands how to write for the guitar’.

The Spanish fervour of much of the music is contrasted by reflective songs by Britten, Holst and the Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Stars sets a poem by Sara Teasdale in which the choir not only sing but play chords on tuned wine glasses, creating a mystical, cosmic experience.

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

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 James Priory, Whitson Street, Bristol BS1 3NZ


Central nave £18 for adults, £9 for students in full time education and under 18s
South Aisle £13 for adults, £6.50 for students in full time education and under 18s
North and South Walls £10 for adults, £5 for students in full time education and under 18s

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Craig Ogden
Richard May