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David Young

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David Young

David is a freelance conductor working on a diverse range of projects across the UK. As well as his work in Cardiff, he is Musical Director of the National Symphony Chorus, Ireland (formerly RTÉ Philharmonic Choir) and Director of professional vocal ensemble Reverie.

David’s CV includes work as guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra, stints at the helm of Reading Bach Choir, Dorking Choral Society and Stafford Choral Society, and as Choral Director at the Yehudi Menuhin School. He has recently worked with the BBC Symphony Chorus and Huddersfield Choral Society, and previously held the post of Sir Alexander Gibson Fellow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus. He studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the University of Manchester, where he 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 Jaime Martín, Kenneth Montgomery, David Hill and Patrik Ringborg (all with the RTÉ), 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.

His time with the Polys has been studded with outstanding and memorable performances, with highlights including Monteverdi Vespers in Llandaff Cathedral, three performances of Elijah in Hoddinott Hall, St David’s Cathedral and The Berliner Philharmonie, an oustanding Messiah in St David’s Hall in 2017, and a trip to Lichfield Cathedral to perform The Dream of Gerontius. The choir has also broadcast on BBC Radio several times during David’s tenure, and has continued to go from strength to strength under his calm and confident leadership.

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