Musical Director

David Gibson

David Gibson began his musical training as a chorister and Lay Clerk in Chichester Cathedral Choir. As Head Chorister he was chosen to sing the Treble solo in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at the first performance in the UK in the presence of the composer. As an Organ Scholar, he later studied music at the universities of London and Sussex.

He has worked extensively as a pianist and organist but has been a freelance conductor for the past 20 years, working with many of the top orchestras in the country, including the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and the New London Sinfonia, which he founded. In 1991 he was appointed Assistant Director of Music and Chorus Master of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. He then worked for them as Guest Conductor, performing all the major G & S works together with Die Fledermaus and Orpheus in the Underworld throughout the UK.

In 1994 David was appointed Musical Director of European Chamber Opera and took up a similar post with Opera Holland Park in 1996. He also conducted extensively for travelling Opera with repertoire including Carmen, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Magic Flute, Barber of Seville, La Bohème, Tosca, Madam Butterfly and Un Ballo in Maschera, performing in Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Italy, Barbados and the USA. David has also worked as Musical Director in the West End for Raymond Gubbay in the highly successful D’Oyly Carte production of The Pirates of Penzance at the Queen’s Theatre.

In addition to his conducting work, David was appointed performance coach and accompanist at Alton Sixth Form College in 2008 and also directs the College Choir and Orchestra. In September 2013 he began working with Pimlico Opera leading an exciting new project - Primary Robins - that is training primary school children to sing in underachieving schools throughout Hampshire.

David is currently Musical Director of the Southampton Philharmonic Society, Basingstoke Choral Society, the Occam Singers and the Croydon Philharmonic Choir.

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