David Lawrence

Associate Conductor: CBSO Chorus


David Lawrence is one of the UK's most versatile conductors, working with orchestras, symphony choruses and national youth choirs. He was recently nominated for a Gramophone Award for his conducting, and holds the Guinness World Record for conducting the UK's largest choir – 6,846 singers!

David's work has taken him to Singapore, Colombia, Canada, the United States, India, the United Arab Emirates, throughout Europe, and Australia. His positive and engaging manner makes him a popular guest conductor, and he is an experienced and respected trainer of choral conductors. With particular experience in the field of contemporary music, David has prepared and conducted premiere performances by Per Nørgård, Pierre Boulez, Iannis Xenakis, Mauricio Kagel, Graham Fitkin, James Wood, Bob Chilcott and others. As a guest chorusmaster of the Netherlands Radio Choir he has worked with many conductors such as Kenneth Montgomery, Frans Brüggen and John Adams, and in 2002 working closely with Stockhausen he also conducted this exceptional choir in the German premiere of Scene II from his opera Sonntag aus Licht.

David has conducted the London Philharmonic Choir, Hallé Choir, London Symphony Chorus, the CBSO Chorus for whom he is an Associate Conductor, and the national youth choirs of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. He has directed large-scale education projects with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and of course the CBSO. In 2011 David conducted an award-winning performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Barrier Reef Orchestra in Queensland, and has conducted the CBSO in a massed performance of Carmina Burana, the Orchestra of Opera North with their Inspiration Choir, Vaughan WIlliams’s Sea Symphony for Hull’s City of Culture Festival and the BBC Philharmonic and Huddersfield Choral Society for the BBC's Songs of Praise.

David Lawrence Photo Apr15.

David has spent the past year as Conductor in Residence at Dubai College in the UAE and Musical Director of the Arabian Youth Choir, and is Choral Advisor to Sinfonia Viva, conductor of two of the London Symphony Orchestra's Discovery Choirs, and as Principal Conductor of Young Voices, a position he has held for 19 years, directs massed choirs in an annual series of concerts with some choirs incorporating more than 8,000 singers. Forthcoming engagements include his 16th and 17th visits to Australia, working with choirs and singers in Brisbane and Tasmania, orchestral concerts with Sinfonia Viva, and preparing his LSO Community and Youth Choirs for Sir Simon Rattle