David Ogden is a professional conductor and composer based in Bristol. He conducts Exultate Singers, City of Bristol Choir, 4 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 Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.
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 over 100 large-scale choral works including first performances of pieces by Roxanna Panufnik, James MacMillan, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Toby Young, Raymond Warren, 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, 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 BBCTV’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 BBCTwo series The Choir: Sing While You Work. David also regularly leads choral workshops for choirs, church organisations, charities and businesses.
He has composed over 100 anthems and settings of liturgical music which are published by the Royal School of Church Music and White Light Publishing and are performed regularly in schools and churches worldwide. His music and arrangements are broadcast frequently on BBC radio and television.
In 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.