City of Bristol Choir was founded in 1991, and appointed David Ogden as Music Director in 2000. Under David’s direction the choir enjoys a busy schedule of concerts and events.
The choir is made up of 100 auditioned adult singers, rehearsing regularly throughout the year and giving four or five concerts annually in Bristol and around the South West. Recent seasons have included performances of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, Britten’s War Requiem, Symanowski’s Stabat Mater, Brahms’ Requiem, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the first performances in Bristol of Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi and Jonathan Dove’s There Was A Child.
In June 2015 the choir took part in the first ever BBC Music Day, singing live on BBC Radio 3, BBC local radio, on BBC One’s The One Show and BBC Points West. It has also sung for Bristol Slapstick Festival and the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival.
City of Bristol Choir has appeared on BBC television’s Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2’s Sunday Half Hour. The choir has toured Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium. In Autumn 2013 the choir released its debut CD, Realms of Glory.