Christmas with Exultate Singers

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Monday 21 December 2020 at 4pm and 8pm
St George’s Bristol

Exultate Singers
Richard Johnson piano
Jeremy Little percussion
David Ogden conductor

Programme

Ding Dong! merrily on high
Traditional arr. Woodward

Adam lay y bounden
Boris Ord        

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
Traditional arr. Willcocks 

There is no Rose
John Joubert 

Sans Day Carol
Traditional arr. Carpenter                

Gaudete
Traditional arr. Carpenter    

Away in a manger
Traditional Normandy arr. Jacques

In dulci jubilo
Traditional arr Robert Pearsall 

Coventry Carol
Traditional

Where riches is everlastingly
Bob Chilcott

The Infant King
Traditional arr. Carpenter 

O magnum mysterium
Morten Lauridsen     

Silent Night
Gruber arr Walker

The little road to Bethlehem
Michael Head             

Deck the Hall
Traditional arr Rathbone

Make we joy now in this fest
Ian Assersohn                        

We wish you a merry Christmas
Traditional arr. Warrell 

Exultate Singers

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

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. 

Jeremy Little percussion

Jeremy was born and grew up in Kenya.  He studied Psychology and Zoology at Bristol University and studied percussion with Diggory Seacome, Jayne Obradovic, Graham Johns and Michael Skinner.  

He now teaches percussion at Millfield School and plays with the Bristol Ensemble and many others including Welsh National Opera, The London Gala Orchestra, English National Ballet, Bath Philharmonia and the Brunel Ensemble.  

Jeremy has coached many youth orchestras including the National Children’s Orchestra. He regularly records for film and television including a solo role on Dog Soldiers, a werewolf horror.

Acknowledgements

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, Matthew Greswell, Ben Spencer and everyone at St George’s Bristol for making today’s concerts possible.

We are grateful for the support of the Friends of Exultate Singers, Richard Pedlar Architects, and our Patrons, Jill White and Toby Young.