Fauré Requiem by Candlelight
Brandenburg Choral Festival
Messiaen – O sacrum convivium
Duruflé – Four motets
Philippe Mazé – Ave Maria
Fauré – Requiem
David Wordsworth Conductor
David Wordsworth studied at Leeds University, The City University (London) and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He was appointed Musical Director of the Addison Singers in September 1995, with whom he has enjoyed a long and rewarding association. Under his direction the choir(s) have given a regular London concert season and have toured Scotland, Italy, France, Poland, Spain and made their US debut under the baton of Bob Chilcott at the Carnegie Hall, New York in 2005. The Addison Chamber Choir have sung at several UK music festivals, recorded the sound-track for a Channel 4 docu-drama and played a major part in the ‘Celebrating Grainger’ festival, held at King’s Place (London) in February 2011.
Particularly keen on championing the work of living composers, under David’s direction The Addison Singers have given world premieres of works dedicated to them by composers as diverse as Howard Skempton, Kenneth Hesketh, Bob Chilcott, William Bolcom, Cecilia McDowall and Gavin Bryars ; in addition to UK/London premieres of works by John Harbison, Ned Rorem, Henryk Gorecki, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Sir John Tavener and Colin Matthews. In recent years David has conducted/adjudicated in the USA, Cuba, Holland and Hungary and in 2007 made an acclaimed debut in Manila with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He spent three months in the USA at the end of 2011, conducting, lecturing and giving master-classes at the Michigan State University, the Universities of Michigan, North Carolina, Rhode Island and the Aaron Copland School of Music, New York.
Performing aside, David has held senior posts at two major music publishers – Schott & Co and Oxford University Press, forming close working relationships with a wide range of composers including Tippett, Ligeti. Dutilleux, Henze, John Rutter, Gerald Barry and Michael Berkeley. He worked closely with the celebrated film-maker Tony Palmer on his film about the life of Vaughan Williams ‘O Thou Transcendent’ and has lectured/chaired interviews on a range of musical subjects for the Wigmore Hall, the BBC, the South Bank Centre, the Kennedy Centre (Washington DC), the Lincoln Center (NYC) and Opera Theater, St Louis.
Recent and forthcoming plans include a ‘Come & Sing’ day focusing on Howard Goodall’s ‘Eternal Light’ (held in the presence of the composer), conducting workshops/concerts of British music in Japan and a return visit to the USA for performances with his piano-duo partner Janet Obi-Keller. In June 2012 David was the Artistic Director of ‘John Ireland in Chelsea’ a major festival held in London to celebrate the life and work of the English composer in the 50th anniversary year of his death. In addition he will join the Addison Singers to give concerts at Truro Cathedral (a concert that will include the world premiere of a new work ‘Hymn to St Petroc of Cornwall’ by Gabriel Jackson especially written for the choir) and the Minack Theatre (Cornwall).