City of Bristol Choir
David Ogden conductor
Richard Johnson piano
Jeremy Little percussion

Saturday 19th December 2020 at 3.30pm and 7.30pm
St George’s Bristol 

Welcome to our Christmas concerts, 2020-style! We are delighted to have you with us, whether it’s in the hall in the beautiful setting of St George’s Bristol, or joining us from home via the live stream.

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Reading: An excerpt from Dr Seuss’ The Grinch that stole Christmas
Read by Chris Serle

Ding Dong merrily on high
Traditional arr Wood

In dulci jubilo
Traditional arr. Pearsall

Away in a manger
Traditional Normandy tune

And the glory of the Lord
G.F Handel

Carol of the bells
Mykola Leontovych

I saw a maiden
Traditional arr Pettman

Sans Day Carol
Traditional arr Rutter

A day of glory!
David Ogden (first performance)

In the bleak midwinter
Harold Darke

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
John Gardner

The Infant King
Traditional arr Carpenter

Deck the Hall
Traditional arr. Rathbone

Traditional arr. Carpenter

Toby Young (first performance)

Silent Night
Gruber arr.Walker

We need a little Christmas
Jerry Herman

We wish you a merry Christmas
Arthur Warrell

City of Bristol Choir

City of Bristol Choir was founded in 1991, and appointed David Ogden as Music Director in 2000. Under his direction the choir enjoys a busy schedule of concerts and events. The choir is made up of 90 auditioned adult singers who rehearse regularly throughout the year, giving four or five concerts each year. 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, Jonathan Dove’s Sappho Sings, There Was A Child and For An Unknown Soldier, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, and Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi.

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. City of Bristol Choir’s debut CD, Realms of Glory, was released in 2013, a brilliant collection of choral classics
and contemporary works.

David Ogden

David Ogden is a professional conductor and composer. He conducts City of Bristol Choir, Exultate Singers, Bristol Youth Choir, and choirs at Royal Mail, Airbus, Arval and Sawday Publishing. He is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym.

For over 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 and 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, Roxanna Panufnik, James MacMillan, Francis Grier, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Toby Young, James Whitbourn, Naji Hakim 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 and arranger 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. 

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 piano

Richard Johnson combines a professional career as a patent attorney with a busy schedule of musical activities.  This double life began at Oxford University, where he simultaneously held an academic scholarship in physics with the organ scholarship at Oriel College. Since 2004 he has been organist at Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church, a member of Exultate Singers, and Accompanist to the City of Bristol Choir.

Richard has played for services at many of the UK’s cathedrals, including St Paul’s, Salisbury, Wells and Winchester, and has featured on BBC Radio 3’s Choral Evensong with the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir and BBC television’s Songs of Praise with the City of Bristol Choir and Exultate Singers.

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.


We are deeply grateful to Suzanne Rolt, Trish Brown, Ben Spencer Esther Poole, Matthew Greswell and all the staff and stewards at St George’s Bristol for their careful and detailed work preparing the hall for today’s concerts, and for their enthusiasm and determination in making live music happen.

Thanks to our hard-working committee: Liz Cunningham, Tim Jackson, Ian Blenkinsop, Rose Lancaster, Caitlin Bowring, Alice Howse, Jacky Humphreys.