The Heart’s Music – Saturday 15 October 2022




Exultate Singers
Craig Ogden and Gary Ryan guitars
David Ogden conductor
Ralph Vaughan Williams Valiant-for-Truth; Silence and Music; Rest; A Choral Flourish – Exultate Deo; Heart’s Music

First performances of Gary Ryan Folk Song Suite and Thomas Hewitt Jones The Lark
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Romancero Gitano
Nigel Hess Live with me and be my love
Juan de Anchieta Con amore, la mi madre

Spend an evening in the company of two charismatic and entertaining masters of the guitar as the renowned international soloists Craig Ogden and Gary Ryan team up with Exultate Singers for this concert of songs from around the world. 

In Gary Ryan’s brilliant new Folk Song Suite, songs from Sweden, England, Spain, America and the Congo are given a contemporary twist with virtuosic interplay between two guitars weaving in and out of the choir textures. 

Falling in the week of the 150th birthday of one of Britain’s best loved composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams, the concert includes some of his most beautiful and rarely-performed unaccompanied choral pieces, and explores his legacy as an important collector and arranger of folk songs. The choir is pleased to give the first performance of The Lark by Thomas Hewitt Jones – a setting of lines from the poem that inspired Vaughan Williams’ most famous piece The Lark Ascending. 

Award-winning composer Nigel Hess, known to millions for his music to the film Ladies of Lavender, will be in the audience to hear his joyful and seductive Live with me and be my love in an arrangement for choir and guitar, made specially for this concert.

The temperature rises with the sounds of Spain in lively guitar duets, and Romancero Gitano, a setting of Spanish poems by Castelnuovo-Tedesco. You’ve heard Exultate, maybe even Saxultate – now come and experience ExulGuitarTe!

Tickets £14 to £23, available by selecting your tickets above (no booking fee), or from St George’s box office online, by phone on 0117 929 4929 or over the counter at St George’s. For tickets bought from St George’s, a 5% booking fee applies, plus delivery charges where applicable.