Patron: Peter Hurford Esq., OBE. DMus. FRCO
We are pleased to announce the appointment of David Davies as our Director of Music on the retirement of Nicholas Marshall with effect from 1st April 2012.
David Davies MA MMus FRCO ARCM is the Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral. Originally a native of Snowdonia in North Wales, David was educated at Eton College, Magdalen College, Oxford (where he was organ scholar), and Yale University. He has worked in church music on both sides of the Atlantic, living in the USA for five years, and as Director of the Girls’ Choir and Sub Organist at Guildford Cathedral for six years.
David studied with John Wellingham, Nicolas Kynaston, Martin Jean and Thomas Murray, and has given recitals in South Africa, Japan, North America and several countries in Europe. In the UK he has performed at Westminster Abbey and the Royal Festival Hall and has appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts.
During his time at Guildford Cathedral David fulfilled the role of Diocesan Music Advisor, and was adjunct lecturer in harmony and counterpoint at the University of Surrey. He directed the Surrey Festival Choir (founded by Ralph Vaughan Williams) for three years, and toured with the girls’ choir of the cathedral to France and Italy, in addition to releasing three compact disc recordings with them.
As an orchestral conductor he has worked with the Yale Sinfonia, the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Gala Orchestra, directing works including Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Bach Mass in B minor, and Elgar The Music Makers.
In 2012 he will give organ recitals in New York and Paris, and will undertake the second part of a cycle of the performance of the complete organ works of J S Bach.
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