David is a freelance conductor working on a diverse
range of projects across the UK. As well as his work with Cardiff
Polyphonic Choir, he is also Choral Director at The Yehudi Menuhin
School, Musical Director of Stafford Choral Society, and currently holds
the Sir Alexander Gibson Fellowship with the Royal Scottish National
Orchestra, working regularly with the RSNO Chorus. He has also recently
been appointed Musical Director of Reading Bach Choir, and is currently
Acting Director of Music with Southend Festival Chorus.
David studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Welsh
College of Music and Drama. His recent guest work has included the Royal
College of Music Chorus, New London Chamber Choir and various choral
societies and chamber choirs across the South of England, 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. He has
recently broadcast on BBC Radio with the Polys, and during his time in
Manchester worked extensively with the Hallé, including preparing
members of the University Chamber Choir for a role alongside the Hallé
Choir and Orchestra in Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under the
baton of Sir Mark Elder. He has prepared choirs for Justin Doyle (Brahms
Requiem), James Burton (Walton Belshazzar’s Feast) and Owain Arwel
Hughes (Verdi Requiem; Holst The Planets), as well as acting as Chorus
Master for Christopher Bell with the RSNO.
He lives in South London, and also continues to work as a professional
singer David enjoys playing sport (especially football and cricket) and
engaging with many and varied types of music, visual art and literature,
and is continually inspired by the power of art to engage, challenge and
David Geoffrey Thomas: Accompanist
David studied music at University College,
Cardiff, winning prizes for both organ playing and conducting. He is
Director of the Cathedral Parish Choir and Director of ‘Cantores
Landavenses’ which he has conducted at Worcester, Exeter, Salisbury,
Ely, Wells, Truro and St.Paul’s Cathedral and at Westminster Abbey.
David has presented music programmes both for BBC and independent
radio. He is the President of the South East Wales Organists'
Association, and is in much demand as an accompanist and organist for
choirs across the whole of South Wales and as an organ recitalist.
Alison Ling: Voice coach
Prior to her recent return to Wales, Alison has
been a well known singing teacher in Berkshire with over 20 years
teaching experience and is an active member of the Association of
Teachers of Singing. Alison's teaching covers all age ranges with
emphasis on technique, aiding each student to understand their own
vocal anatomy and instrument in a detailed way so allowing each voice
to develop its own unique sound. Alison trained at the Royal College
of Music, has worked professionally in and around the South East and
for BBC Radio. Currently, she is teaching at the Royal Welsh College
of Music and Drama.