Musical Director
David Ballard

David Ballard, Musical Director David took over as Musical Director of SCCS in September 2016 having previously been Assistant MD and Accompanist. He is a graduate of the University of East Anglia (BA, Music, 2010) and Open University (PGCE, Music, 2012.) He was tutored on the organ by the late Kenneth Ryder, Julian Thomas, David Dunnett, and Anne Page. He also received tutorage in conducting from Professor Peter Aston and Dr. Sharon Choa. David holds the fellowship awards of both the Curwen College of Music and the Guild of Musicians and Singers, as well as previously being a recipient of a Norwich diocesan organ scholarship and the Charles Herbert-Smith organ scholarship whilst at university.

David has been the director of music at St Nicholas, North Walsham since September 2012, and has led the 30 strong all male choir to sing in venues including St Edmundsbury and Norwich Cathedrals, St Albans Abbey and the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The choir has recorded a CD of Christmas music, and performed extended concert works by Faure, Britten, and Purcell, alongside singing for two services at St Nicholas every Sunday, including a full choral evensong every week. David was until recently conductor of Cantamus, a 40-voiced concert choir. He is also much in demand as an organ recitalist, accompanist and teacher across North Norfolk, and has performed in most of the county's major venues and many beyond. Engagements in recent months have included work with the Royal Free Singers, Orchestras Live, and the London Mozart Players. David also teaches music at North Walsham Junior School.

David has a passion for musical theatre and at Sheringham's Little Theatre has been the musical director for shows including Annie!, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, the latter of which was nominated for the National Operatic and Dramatic Association award for 'Best Amateur Musical Performance' in 2014.


Anthony Gowing