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 tutelage 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. He is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and has collaborated with Dr Michael Walsh, Richard Allain, Sarah Rodgers and John Rutter inter alia on commissions and first performances, as well as leading SCCS through a programme of entirely 21st century music on a theme of light.
Until recently David was Director of Music at St Nicholas, North Walsham where he conducted the Boys', Girls' and Men's choirs both at home and abroad in services, concerts and residential weekends. Engagements have included work with the Royal Free Singers, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Horatio Singers. David also teaches music at North Walsham Junior School. He has been broadcast by Radio 4, directed concerts in Spain and Portugal and recently formed a new chamber ensemble The Paston Singers who perform a wide range of sacred and secular A capella music. 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.
Away from music David enjoys steam railways, photography, following Norwich City Football Club and sampling sparkling wines.
Born in Staffordshire, Philip's formative musical experiences were
centred on the English choral tradition - firstly as a junior chorister,
and later Organ Scholar, at St Peter ad Vincula, Stoke-upon-Trent
(now the Minster Church of St Peter ad Vincula), and then at many
English cathedrals as a summer visitor. Organ lessons with Michael
Rhodes led to his study at Trinity College of Music in London.
During this time Philip studied Organ, with Dr Harry Gabb, choral
conducting with Simon Halsey, piano accompanying, whilst also
directing two choirs: 'The Hatton Consort' and the 'Mandeville
Singers'. He then worked for the music publishers Peters Edition,
Universal Edition and Oxford University Press and held music
directorships and organ posts at Saint James the Great, Merton and
Saint Mary's, Balham, also directing St Mary's Singers; then
subsequently at Saint Paul's, Brighton; Saint Mary de Haura, New
Shoreham, (where he founded "Music at Saint Mary de Haura", in
support of church music), and at the same church, accompanied
the Shoreham Oratorio Choir; and Saint Michael & All Angels,
Brighton, where he organised concerts for the Brighton Fringe
Festival, and sang tenor with the Brighton Chamber Choir. He also
taught music for 25 years at Cumnor House School, in Sussex.
At present he is director of Music and Organist at Holy Trinity, West
Runton, and Director of 'Cantamus' a community choir based in
Thorpe Market. He has contributed to the Kreutzer Quartet's
complete recording of Gloria Coates's string quartets on NAXOS,
and Michael Finnissy's This Church on Metier/Divine Art.