Churchill Music

Promoting musical excellence in Somerset since 2007

From Darkness to Light – Exultate Singers, Director David Ogden

Date(s) - 27th November 2021
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

All Saints Church, Wrington

Many will remember Exultate Singers’ outstanding concert for Churchill Music in 2012 after which we promised to invite them again.  Under David Ogden’s baton, this Bristol-based choir is known for its engaging, entertaining and consistently high-quality performances, making use of performance venues’ spatial effects with singers placed in different positions around the church throughout the concerts.  For some works, the singers encircle the audience, enveloping us with stunning live surround sound – a spellbinding experience.

This concert will be a much-needed tonic – a journey through time, starting with some of the most glorious sacred choral music and sending us away on the crest of a wave of joyful music – perfect for getting into the swing of the festive activities that will surely follow. This is a concert that simply cannot be missed.

David Ogden is a professional conductor and composer. He directs Exultate Singers, City of Bristol Choir, four work-place choirs and in his post of Head of the Bristol Choral Centre, Bristol Youth Choirs with 120 singers aged from 8-18.  He is also 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, primary and secondary level educational workshops, from small children’s groups to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He 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.


O nata lux – Thomas Tallis
O radiant dawn – James MacMillan
Sancta et immaculata Virginitas – Andrea Gabrieli
Nunc dimittis – Gustav Holst
Gaudete omnes – Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck
Bogorodistye Dyevo – Sergei Rachmaninov
Ave Verum – William Byrd
Sure on this shining night – Samuel Barber
Lux aeterna – Edward Elgar
Abendlied – Josef Rheinberger
Shenandoah – arr. James Erb
A Spotless Rose – Herbert Howells
Sicut cervus – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Hail, gladdening light – Charles Wood
Away in a manger – Toby Young
How lovely are thy dwellings – Johannes Brahms


Tickets on sale now from Ticketsource.

Alternatively, or for further information, contact Mary Smallwood:
01934 852589
Bramble Cottage, Dinghurst Road, Churchill BS25 5PJ


To ensure the best possible concert experience for you, please follow the general guidelines for everyone’s reassurance and safety:

  • If you are feeling unwell on the day, or have been in contact with someone with COVID, then we are confident that you will not come, but we need to say this!!
  • Lateral Flow test:  We strongly recommend that everyone attending carries out one of those very simple Lateral Flow tests within the previous 24 hours of the concert.  They are easy to do but if you haven’t got the kit, you now need a ‘collect code’.  Click here for how to get your ‘collect code’.
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided in church.  We recommend that everyone uses it on entry.
  • Face Masks: At the moment, it is not mandatory to wear a face mask but we think that they offer some protection to yourself and others, particularly whilst moving around the church. Feel free to keep them on during the performance.
  • Wide Aisles:  All Saints has wonderfully wide aisles allowing you to socially distance whilst choosing your seat.  Once selected, it is best to stay in your seats.
  • Cushions and warm clothes:  All Saints has under floor heating – BLISS – BUT we will need to have the doors open, so please wear warm clothes – even bring a rug.  Sadly we cannot provide our lovely cushions for you, so simply bring one!
  • Interval refreshments:  There WILL be interval refreshments available as usual and even a few packets of savouries.  Please wear your mask and social distance in the queue, you will be served just as quickly with our new system.  We have a contactless card reader if you prefer to pay that way to avoid handling cash.
  • Seating:  Your seats are unreserved. We recommend that you leave a suitable space between you and anyone outside of your group/‘bubble’ for your comfort and reassurance.
  • Programmes:  Programmes will be on your seats to avoid unnecessary handling of cash.  We will have a retiring collection for these so please bring some spare cash.

NB These guidelines will be updated regularly.