David Ogden, conductor

David Ogden and Richard JohnsonDavid Ogden is a professional conductor and composer. He conducts City of Bristol Choir, Exultate Singers, choirs at Royal Mail, Airbus and Sawday’s 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 including Merchants’ Academy in Withywood. He is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym.

David studied conducting with George Hurst, Norman Del Mar, Michael Rose and Adrian Leaper, and choral conducting with Simon Johnson, Laszlo Heltay and Peter Erdei.

For over 25 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. He has conducted over 100 large-scale choral works including first performances of pieces by Shostakovich, Sir James MacMillan, Roxanna Panufnik, Francis Grier, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Toby Young, James Whitbourn and David Bednall. He has made 15 CD recordings and directed choirs in numerous cathedrals, churches and concert halls in 16 European countries and in the USA, Philippines, and South Korea.

David has conducted choirs on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the World Service, and worked as conductor, arranger and music adviser for over 20 years on BBC TV’s Songs of Praise. He is Religious 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 Bristol, he has written songs and directed choirs for the opening of Cabot Circus, the MShed Museum, BBC Food & Farming Awards and the refurbishment of Bristol Old Vic.

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 over many years.

Richard Johnson, accompanist

Richard Johnson combines a professional career as a patent attorney with a busy schedule of musical activities. His double life began at Oriel College in the University of Oxford, where he held both the organ scholarship and an academic scholarship in physics. Whilst at Oxford, Richard studied the organ with Martin Schellenberg and was also Director of Music at Pusey House and founder conductor of the Oxford University Medical Society Orchestra.

After leaving Oxford, Richard was briefly Organist and Choirmaster at the Crown Court Church of Scotland in Covent Garden, London before moving to Bristol, where he is actively involved in music, as member of Exultate Singers, accompanist to the City of Bristol Choir and Assistant Director of Music at Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church. Richard holds the LRSM diploma in organ performance.