Next concerts

Spring in the Air

Tuesday 7 March 2017 at 7pm
St George's Bristol

Bristol Youth Choirs conducted by David Ogden, Martin Le Poidevin and Elinor Cooper

The talented young singers from Bristol Youth Choirs present a Spring concert of songs and choral pieces from around the world. Come and enjoy an entertaining mix of classical and jazz with songs from the shows, world music, and folk songs.

Tickets £8 for adults, under 18s £2, plus St George's booking fee available online from St George's box office, by phone on 0845 40 24 001 and over the counter at St George's.


Recent events

A Ceremony of Carols

Sunday 29 January at 6.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym

Senior Girls of Bristol Youth Choir conducted by David Ogden with Kate Pearson (harp)

The Senior Girls of Bristol Youth Choir perform Britten’s Ceremony of Carols by candlelight for Candlemas at Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church as part of the church’s 1300th anniversary celebrations. Free entry, retiring collection


A Christmas Celebration

Friday 9 December at 7pm
St James Priory, Whitson Street, Bristol BS1 3NZ

Bristol Youth Choirs conducted by David Ogden, Martin Le Poidevin and Elinor Cooper
With Kate Pearson harp

The talented singers of Bristol Youth Choirs perform a musical treat for all the family to kick-start Christmas, showcasing the wonderful vocal abilities of its young performers with a selection of festive favourites traditional and modern.

Tickets £6 plus Colston Hall booking fee, under 18s £2, available online from Colston Hall box office, by phone on 0844 887 1500 and over the counter at the Colston Hall.


A concert for Remembrance Sunday

With City of Bristol Choir and the Lochrian Ensemble
Nicholas Sharratt tenor and Esther Mallett soprano

Sunday 13 November 2016 at 7.30pm
St George's Bristol

Jonathan Dove For an unknown soldier
John Rutter Requiem

Two powerful and moving works for Remembrance Sunday performed by the 100 voices of City of Bristol Choir with the older Juniors of Bristol Youth Choir and The Lochrian Ensemble.

Through settings of poems by Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg and Ivor Gurney, Jonathan Dove’s cantata tells the story of one man’s journey through the First World War beginning with his enthusiasm and decision to enlist; discovering the reality of war; finding death on the battlefield and finally reflecting on the grief of those left behind.

John Rutter is the patron of City of Bristol Choir and to mark the start of its 25th anniversary season, the choir sang his setting of the Requiem with its rich harmonies, poignant melodies and angelic soprano solos.


Mozart's Requiem

With the Bristol Ensemble Exultate Singers and City of Bristol Choir

Thursday 19 May
Colston Hall, Bristol

The Seniors of Bristol Youth Choir is joined by singers from City of Bristol Choir and Exultate Singers to perform Mozart's exquisite Requiem with the Bristol Ensemble.

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Project Zulu

Thursday 9 June
St George's Bristol

Bristol Youth Choir joins Project Zulu choir and UWE Sound of Soul at St George's Bristol.

Project Zulu choir is made up of 24 children from six schools in the Madadeni Township, South Africa. This concert is given as part of their UK tour, during which they will perform Zulu song and dance. Bristol Youth Choir and UWE Sound of Soul will also perform in the concert. All proceeds will go towards development of educational facilities in Madadeni Township.

Tickets £15 / £12, £8 concessions (plus St George's booking fees) fromSt George's box office online or telephone 0845 40 24 001


Juniors and Intermediates Summer Concert

Tuesday 21 June at 7pm
St George's Bristol

David Ogden, Martin Le Poidevin and Elinor Cooper conductors

The 60 talented singers of the junior and intermediate sections of the Bristol Youth Choir perform a selection of songs and choral pieces from classical and folk songs to jazz.

Tickets £6 for adults, £2 concessions (plus St George's booking fees) from St George's box office online or telephone 0845 40 24 001


Seniors Summer Concert

Wednesday 22 June at 7.30pm
St George's Bristol

David Ogden, Martin Le Poidevin and Elinor Cooper conductors
With the Dorian Ensemble

Mozart Vesperae solennes de confessore KV339

The 40-strong Bristol Youth Choir Seniors perform Mozart’s majestic work Vesperae solennes de confessore, accompanied by the Dorian Chamber Orchestra conducted by David Ogden. Classical solos and duets together with folk songs and blues numbers complete the programme.

Tickets £6 for adults, £2 concessions (plus St George's booking fees) from St George's box office online or telephone 0845 40 24 001


James MacMillan's Little Mass

With the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday 10 February
The Lighthouse, Poole

Thursday 11 February
Colston Hall, Bristol

Bristol Youth Choir joins forces with young singers from the South West and Dorset to perform James MacMillan's Little Mass. The Mass is major new choral work, co-commissioned by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from the man who has been called Britain’s greatest living composer. MacMillan’s music is passionate, sincere and charged with emotion. Kirill Karabits conducts the two performances.

Click here for details about the performance in Poole on 10 February

Click here for details about the performance in Bristol on 11 February


A Christmas Celebration

Conducted by David Ogden and Martin Le Poidevin

Tuesday 8 December 2015 at 7pm
St George's Bristol

The talented singers of Bristol Youth Choirs perform a musical treat for all the family to kick-start Christmas, showcasing the wonderful vocal abilities of its young performers with a selection of festive favourites traditional and modern. Tickets £8 for adults, £3 for under 18s from St George's box office online or by phone on 0845 40 24 001

Tickets £8 (£3 under 18s), available from St George's box office online or by phone on 0845 40 24 001


Rotary Concert at Colston Hall

Sunday 4th October at 3pm

Bristol Youth Choir performs as part of the Rotary Club of Bristol's 53rd Charity Concert of music and songs for Senior Citizens.

Fresh Arts Festival

Friday 18th September, 5 - 6pm

Bristol Youth Choir Juniors sing at Southmead Hospital for Fresh Arts Festival

Safari Concert for Bristol Open Doors Day

Saturday 12 September from 2.30pm

Bristol Youth Choir performs a safari concert at various venues which have thrown open their doors for Bristol Open Doors Day.

2.30pm: Performance at Bristol Museum, Queen's Road BS8 1RL
3.05pm: Performance at Horizon House, Environment Agency, Deanery Road BS1 5AH (opposite the Central Library at the bottom of Park Street)
3.35pm: Performance at St John the Baptist, Broad Street BS1 2EZ


Seniors Summer Concert

Conducted by David Ogden and Martin Le Poidevin

Wednesday 24th June 2015 at 7.30pm
St George's Bristol

Bristol Youth Choir Seniors perform Vivaldi’s Gloria, a wonderfully sparkling and uplifting choral work. Solos and duets by Purcell and Mozart together with folk songs and some blues numbers complete the programme.

This concert is given as part of the Sounds Inspiring festival, a collaboration between Bristol Plays Music, the Colston Hall and St George's Bristol. Over two weeks of events will involve thousands of Bristol’s young people. Taking place in venues across the city, the festival celebrates everything about young people’s music-making: their energy, talent and imagination. Coinciding with Green Capital Week, this inaugural year has a ‘green’ theme.

Tickets £8 (£2 under 18s), available from St George's box office online or by phone on 0845 40 24 001


Juniors and Intermediates Summer Concert

Conducted by David Ogden and Martin Le Poidevin

Thursday 25th June 2015 at 7pm
St George's Bristol

With City of Bristol Choir and the Royal Mail Choir

The 60-strong Junior Bristol Youth Choir is joined by the City of Bristol Choir and the Royal Mail Choir for this singing extravaganza of 150 voices celebrating our ‘wonderful world’. Enjoy a wide range of music for all ages including Green songs, choral masterpieces and arrangements of songs from films, shows and pop classics, including some audience participation. The concert is in aid of the Stroke Association, the Royal Mail Charity of the Year, and there will also be a chance to have your blood pressure checked during the interval.

Tickets £6 (£2 under 18s), available from St George's box office online or by phone on 0845 40 24 001


Summer Gala concert with John Rutter in aid of Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal

Conducted by John Rutter and David Ogden

Saturday 20th June 2015 at 7.30pm
Colston Hall, Bristol

Bristol Youth Choir joined forces with City of Bristol Choir, Exultate Singers and choristers from Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church as well as professional soloists and professional orchestra the Bristol Ensemble for an evening of music celebrating youth and all its glories: its vitality, spirit, playfulness, curiosity and wide-eyed wonder.

Celebrated composer and conductor John Rutter conducted his own work, Mass of the Children. The second half featured Jonathan Dove’s There was a Child, written to celebrate a young life extinguished too soon. The concert also included a performance of Handel’s exultant Zadok the Priest, one of the BBC Ten Pieces.

This concert was given in aid of Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal.


BBC Music Day

Conducted by Charles Hazlewood and David Ogden

Friday 5th June 3pm
Colston Hall, Bristol

Bristol’s Colston Hall was selected by the BBC as one of only eight UK venues to play host to the first ever BBC Music Day on Friday 5th June 2015.

This unique day was a nationwide celebration of music and featured live music events and performances across the country, with broadcasts on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music, Asian Network, BBC Local Radio, BBC One’s The One Show and online at www.bbc.co.uk/musicday

Colston Hall was chosen for the leading role it is taking in championing disability and diversity in music and the arts. BBC Music Day saw the Hall welcoming a unique special educational needs and disability youth concert.

Performing with custom built instruments using new assistive technology, children from the South West Open Youth Orchestra performed alongside members of the British Paraorchestra, City of Bristol Choir and South West youth choirs including Bristol Youth Choir, Elmfield Signing Choir and Hope Choir in a daytime celebration led the conductors Charles Hazlewood and David Ogden. Paul Whittaker OBE, Music and the Deaf founder, led the signing.

A live performance ran between 3.00pm and 4.00pm, concluded by Inner Vision Orchestra soprano Victoria Oruwari in a collaboration with the British Paraorchestra and Bristol Youth Choir to perform the renowned True Colours, in the first concert of its kind.

Organised by Bristol Plays Music – the music education hub for Bristol based at Colston Hall – BBC Music Day preluded the first ever Fast Forward Festival on 2nd & 3rd July, which aims to celebrate and challenge the perception of music and disability.

For more details, visit www.bbc.co.uk/events/exh2mb


Luke Jerram 'Withdrawn' concert - Leigh Woods

Conducted by David Ogden and Martin Le Poidevin

Saturday 25 April 2015 at 3pm and 5pm

Singing on top and around the five fishing boats of Luke Jerram's 'Withdrawn' installation in Leigh Woods, Bristol Youth Choir entertained with a wide selection of pieces from sea shanties from Cornwall and folk songs to 'Green' inspired music and even songs about recycling!

As part of Bristol European Green Capital 2015, Trust New Art Bristol, National Trust, invited Luke Jerram to make a new work for Leigh Woods. Working with fishermen, scientists marine experts, Jerram created a new installation, which investigated the impact of humanity on our seas. The project was commissioned by the National Trust's Trust New Art Bristol contemporary art programme and was delivered in partnership with the Forestry Commission England and it's Forest Art Works programme as part of Bristol 2015. It was funded by the Arts Council England Exceptional Fund as part of Bristol's year as European Green Capital, with the aim of making sustainable living accessible and easy to understand. The Bristol 2015 arts and culture projects are being delivered by the national portfolio organisation Bristol Culture Development Partnership (BDCP), and will play a central part in encouraging the public to see sustainability in a new light.

Photograph by Paul Box


Carmina Burana with Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra

Conducted by William Goodchild and David Ogden

Saturday 15th November 2014 at 7.30pm
Colston Hall, Bristol

The choristers of Westbury-on-Trym Parish Choir joined Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, City of Bristol Choir and Bristol Schools Chamber Choir for a stunning full-scale performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. With lyrics from the Middle Ages expressing earthly desires and a hearty enjoyment of life, and pulsating rhythms, full of passion and excitement, this is music of a primeval nature. The concert also included Shostakovich's lively Festive Overture which provided a lively opener and Dvorak's ever-popular symphony From the New World. This concert was given in aid of St Peter's Hospice.


Christmas concert at St George's Bristol

Bristol Schools Chamber Choir
conducted by David Ogden and Martin Le Poidevin

Monday 8 December at 7.30pm
St George's Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS15RR

The talented singers of Bristol Schools Chamber Choir perform a musical treat for all the family to kick-start Christmas, showcasing the wonderful vocal abilities of its young performers with a selection of festive favourites traditional and modern.

Tickets £9 for adults, £5 for under 18s from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or online at www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk


BBC Food & Farming Awards and Food Connections Festival

Bristol School Junior Chamber Choir
Conducted by David Ogden

Bristol Schools Junior Chamber Choir joined forces with Exultate Singers to premiere David Ogden and Anna Farthing's brand new food anthem Stand Up For Good Food at the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards at St George's Bristol on Thursday 1st May. The singers also performed the song live on BBC Radio Bristol at the BBC Food Connections Festival in Bristol's Harbourside in the presence of the Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall on Friday 2nd May.


Fauré Requiem at St George's Bristol

Bristol Schools Chamber Choir
conducted by David Ogden and Martin Le Poidevin
with the Dorian Chamber Ensemble

Tuesday 24 June at 7.30pm
St George's Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS15RR

A performance of Fauré’s enduring masterpiece, Requiem, the contemplative, well-loved Cantique de Jean Racine, and Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir alongside folk songs, spirituals, and solo arias and songs

Tickets £10 / £8 / £6 / £5 (£1 discount for concessions) from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or online at www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

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