Sunday 20 September 2020 at 2pm and 4pm
St George’s Bristol
Conducted by David Ogden
Finzi My spirit sang all day
Viadana Exultate justi
Palestrina Sicut cervus
Gibbons The Silver Swan
Byrd Sing joyfully
Pearsall Great God of love
Bruckner Os justi
Bennet Weep, o mine eyes
Joel arr. Chilcott And so it goes (soloists Christopher Gray and Pippa Ramsay)
Trad Venezuelan É mariposa (soloist Jenna Brown)
Vaughan Williams The Turtle Dove (soloist Richard Bacon)
Pearsall Lay a garland
Ogden When music sounds
Exultate Singers was founded in 2002 and has gone on to give over 200 concerts, broadcasts and other appearances in the UK, Spain, Germany, Poland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Portugal.The choir has performed on BBC One’s Songs of Praise and The One Show, on Classic FM and on BBC Radio in broadcasts on Radios 2, 3 and 4 and the World Service.
The choir has recorded five CDs, four on its own label and one, All Shall Be Well, for Naxos, which features the title track by Roxanna Panufnik. The choir also appears on Signum’s CD Love Abide, performing Roxanna Panufnik’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. Exultate Singers has commissioned music from Sir James MacMillan, Toby Young, Roxanna Panufnik, Philip Moore, Ian Carpenter, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, David Bednall, and Naji Hakim.
Over lockdown, choir members kept in touch with each other via the magic of Zoom meetings, chats and quizzes, and made an individually-recorded video of Pearsall’s Lay a garland.
David Ogden is a professional conductor and composer. He conducts Exultate Singers, City of Bristol Choir, choirs at Royal Mail, Airbus and Sawday Publishing, and in his post of Head of the Bristol Choral Centre, he conducts the Bristol Youth Choirs. He also conducts choirs at several schools around Bristol and he is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym.
For 30 years he has worked with numerous professional and amateur groups of all shapes and sizes in many fields of music making, including church music, 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.
David has conducted choirs on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the World Service, and worked as conductor, arranger and music adviser on BBC TV’s Songs of Praise. He is Choral Music Adviser for the BBC’s hit series Call The Midwife, and worked with the Royal Mail Choir in the BBC Two series The Choir: Sing While You Work.
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 October 2015 David was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music in recognition of his service and contribution to choral music and the RSCM.
This concert is a collaboration between St George’s Bristol and Exultate Singers.
Exultate Singers would like to thank Suzanne Rolt, Trish Brown, Esther Poole, Ben Spencer and everyone at St George’s Bristol for making this afternoon’s concerts possible, and a huge thank you to you all for coming to hear us sing. We have missed you!
We are grateful for the support of the Friends of Exultate Singers, Richard Pedlar Architects, and our Patrons, Jill White and Toby Young.