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Musical Director - David Young
Musical Director - Timothy Ferguson (from September 2019)
Accompanist - Elizabeth Hayley

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Musical Director - David Young

We are delighted to announce that our Director of Music, David Young, has been successful in securing the prestigious post of Chorus Master with the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, Dublin, commencing in September 2019 for three seasons. Please follow this link to see a wonderful photograph of David on the RTE Facebook page.

Sadly for us, this means that David will be leaving Dorking Choral Society at the end of the Summer term so do please come along to David’s last performance with us before he goes onto much greater things!  We will be singing:  The Creation by Joseph Haydn on July 6 at 6.00pm, so do come along and enjoy this glorious music with David at the helm. 

David is Musical Director of Dorking Choral Society, Reading Bach Choir, Cardiff Polyphonic Choir and Stafford Choral Society, and Co-Director of professional vocal ensemble Reverie. He also works regularly with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus, where he previously held the Sir Alexander Gibson Fellowship. His recent guest work has included the Royal College of Music Chorus, New London Chamber Choir and Southend Festival Chorus, and he has also conducted The Portrait Choir (The National Portrait Gallery’s Choir in Residence) and St Martin’s Voices in performances in London.

David studied at Manchester University and subsequently with Neil Ferris, Sarah Tenant-Flowers and Simon Halsey on the MA (Choral Conducting) at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He has also studied with Paul Brough and Mark Heron, and in masterclasses with Mark Stringer, Johannes Schlaefli and Clark Rundell. He recently made his debut in St David’s Hall, conducting Cardiff Polyphonic Choir, period-instrument Rèjouissance and soloists Sarah Tynan, William Towers, Joshua Ellicott and Matthew Brook in a performance of Handel Messiah, and last year conducted a sell-out performance of The Dream of Gerontius in Lichfield Cathedral. He has also recently broadcast on BBC Radio with Cardiff Polyphonic Choir, and during his time in Manchester prepared the University Chamber Choir for work with BBC Television and a role alongside the Hallé Choir and Orchestra in Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. He has also prepared choirs for Michael Sanderling (Beethoven Symphony No. 9), Eric Whitacre (Whitacre Deep Field, Five Hebrew Love Songs), Justin Doyle (Brahms Requiem) and James Burton (Walton Belshazzar’s Feast), as well as acting as Chorus Master for both Peter Oundjian and Christopher Bell with the RSNO.

Other performances in the 2017/18 season include La Voix de Poulenc, a devised theatrical collaboration (based on the life of Poulenc) between Reading Bach Choir and director Rebecca Hanbury, Beethoven Mass in C and Mozart Mass in C Minor in Stafford, an exceptionally rare performance of Shostakovich’s Ten Poems on Texts by Revolutionary Poets, Op. 88 in Reading, and Lenten works including Tallis Lamentations in Cardiff. His passion for new, varied and ambitious repertoire is combined with a belief that joy is vital to the process of singing, and that this most fundamental human emotion is the key to transcendent musical experiences.

David lives in London and much of his spare time is taken up with listening to and performing music of varied genres, though he also plays football and cricket, and enjoys literature and film.