I’m happy because I sing."
William James (Philosopher &
The musical team consists of:
Chester Ladies’ Choir were pleased to welcome David as their musical director in 2015, and since then have enjoyed learning and singing under his talented leadership.
David gained his BMus (Hons) degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where his principal study was piano and second study voice.
Since then, David has worked across the musical spectrum as a professional soloist, accompanist, vocal coach, conductor, musical director and teacher.
He has worked with various choirs and groups including the RWCMD Barbershop Chorus and Barbershop Quartet, The Cardiff University Church Choir, the Cardiff-based Encore Theatre Company, Pontypridd Theatre Company and Cardiff Male Voice Choir, to name but a few. He has also David is currently resident keyboard player for LIVE, one of the UK’s most successful bands, covering a huge selection of live music from big band to commercial music. As a result, he is often called upon to perform many different and challenging types of music. He acts as Vocal Coach for LIVE and also forms part of the various jazz ensembles that perform independently of the main band. LIVE performs around the world and has many celebrity endorsers, frequently supporting artists from the stage and screen, most recently Shaun Williamson, David Essex and Kym Marsh.
Whilst maintaining his hectic schedule of professional practice, David completed a MA in Performance at the University of Salford specialising in jazz and popular piano, a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching at the University of Chester and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Originally trained as a clarinettist with Peter Fielding, Simon’s musical career has developed along a path of great variety. As a woodwind specialist (he also plays saxophone and flute), Simon is often found playing in ‘pit’ bands for musical theatre productions. Additionally, he has directed and musically directed a number of stage shows with Tip Top Productions and other groups. He can also be seen acting and singing on stage when a role really takes his fancy!
Simon directed a children’s choir for a number of years and has been a teacher of piano, as well as woodwind, both privately and in schools. These days he is Head of Performing Arts at Christleton High School, in Chester, with responsibility for all things musical and theatrical; a job he describes as the Holy Grail for someone with the varied performance interests he has.
Having joined Chester Ladies Choir in January 2017 as temporary accompanist, he was delighted to accept the role on a permanent basis from Easter and hopes to help the choir go from strength to strength under David’s leadership.