Head of Music, Co-Opera Co.
David began his studies with an organ scholarship at Southwell Minster, then at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he studied with John Wellingham and Raymond Fischer. He went on to study orchestral conducting with George Hurst and Denise Ham.
He conducts the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, one of the south’s leading chamber choirs, who have a strong reputation for contemporary music. They have commissioned major works from Cecilia MacDowall and Tarik O’Regan and given performances of 21st century works by Bingham, Dove, Ferguson, Lord, Jackson, Macmillan, Panufnik, Rutti, Sinclair and Todd, working with Kokoro, the contemporary ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphonic Brass, and the Sinfonietta Players. They have recorded two CDs; Landscapes, a collection of music inspired by the British countryside, and Noel Noel, a Christmas collection, and have appeared on Radios 3 and 4.
David directs the music at Wimborne Minster, where cathedral-style music is maintained by a traditional choir of men and children. The choir sings three services each Sunday, and regularly performs with the Minster’s professional instrumental ensemble. Their repertoire ranges from the 14th century to new commissions, and includes a wide range of music from the baroque and classical periods. Music from the 17th century handwritten partbooks in the Minster's Chained Library is also featured. He takes enormous pride in the development of the young musicians in his care at the Minster, having sent several former choristers into music college and on into the profession.
In the field of opera, David works with several companies as a conductor, repetiteur and chorusmaster. He is Head of Music at Co-Opera Co, for whom he has conducted Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozart The Magic Flute and Puccini La Boheme; He has also conducted, for Dorset Productions, Mozart The Marriage of Figaro, Purcell Dido and Aeneas, Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice, Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel; for OperaUpClose, Leoncavallo I Pagliacci, Puccini La Boheme; for Dress Circle, Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors. He has worked with Dorset Opera, British Youth Opera, Opera Istante and Kentish Opera.
David is a frequent guest conductor with the Medici Choir, the Brandenburg Sinfonia and the Bournemouth Philharmonic. He also has a strong presence in music education as a teacher and an examiner for ABRSM.