A Sense of the Divine

Saturday 14th February 2015 at 7.30pm

Conducted by David Ogden
Richard May cello
Olena Shvetsova and Richard Johnson piano

David Bednall - Three Songs of Love (world premiere)
Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur - Dialogue and Epithamlame from Le Cantique des Cantiques
Eric Whitacre - This Marriage
Carl Rütti - Pone me, In meinem Garten and Thou hast ravished my heart from Lieder der Liebe
Johannes Brahms - Excerpts from Neue Liebeslieder
Giovanni Palestrina - Surge propera amica mea
Maurice Duruflé - Ubi caritas from Quatre Motets sude des thèmes grégoriens
Tomás Luis de Victoria - Vidi speciosam
Antoine Brumel - Sicut lilium inter spinas
Gerald Finzi - My spirit sang all day and My lovely one
Ian Carpenter - Set me as a seal upon thine heart
Edward Bairstow - I sat down under his shadow
Eriks Esenvalds - Long Road
Frédéric Chopin Second movement of Cello Sonata
Ástor Piazzolla Oblivion

Exultate Singers presents a feast of beautiful choral music on the theme of love. Sensuous motets by Renaissance masters Victoria and Palestrina setting words from the Song of Songs are contrasted with ravishing choral pieces by Finzi, Rütti, Whitacre and Daniel-Lesur.

The choir will also give the world premiere of a new work by Bristol-based composer David Bednall, commissioned especially for this concert. Three Songs of Love sets words by John Clare, John McCrae and W.B. Yeats including his famous poem ‘The Cloths of Heaven’.

Husband and wife team Richard May and Olena Shvetsova play exquisite music for cello and piano by Chopin, and Oblivion, a hot and steamy Latin American dance-inspired piece by Piazzolla. The musical forces combine to perform excerpts from the Neue Liebeslieder by Brahms for choir, cello and piano duet.

Exultate Singers has appeared on Classic FM, on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 and BBC television including The One Show and Songs of Praise. The choir is known for its engaging performances, making use of the building’s spatial effects with singers placed in different positions around the hall during the concert, enveloping the audience with spectacular live surround sound.


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


£24, £20, £12; £5 students (limited availability)

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A preview of some of the music

Seating plan

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St George's, Bristol