Musical Patron

Widely recognised as one of the leading choral directors in the UK, David Hill is shortly to become the chief conductor of the BBC Singers (the only full-time professional choir in the UK). He will leave his present job as Director of the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. David also holds posts as Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Chief Conductor of the Southern Sinfonia, Director of Florilegium Choir and Orchestra and Music Director of the Leeds Philharmonic Society.

Born in Carlisle and educated at Chetham’s School of Music he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 17. David Hill’s previous posts have included Master of the Music at Winchester Cathedral (1987-2002), Music Director of The Waynflete Singers (1987-2002), Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral, Musical Director of the Alexandra Choir (1980-87), Associate Conductor and then Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Chorus (1986-1997). He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Southampton for Services to Music.

He has a broad-ranging discography of over 50 recordings covering repertoire from Thomas Tallis to John Tavener and including the FauréRequiem and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. His recording of Victoria’s O Quam Gloriosum won a Gramophone Award and he received a Grammy as Chorus Master for Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast on Decca.

David Hill has long-standing relationships with The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers with whom he has conducted a wide range of repertoire. He has also appeared with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sinfonia 21, the Netherlands Radio Choir and RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin. He made his BBC Proms debut with the world premiere of Sir John Tavener’s Song of the Cosmos with The Bach Choir and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001.