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 currently 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, throughout Europe, and since 2005 he has worked each year in Australia. His positive and engaging manner makes him a popular guest conductor, and he is an experienced and respected trainer of choral conductors. He teaches regularly alongside Ghislaine Morgan in Portugal, and for the company Artsworks delivers management training and team building through the media of singing and conducting.
With particular experience in the field of contemporary music, David has prepared and conducted première 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 première of Scene II from his opera Sontag aus Licht.
David has conducted the London Philharmonic Choir, the Hallé Choir, the CBSO Chorus for whom he is an Associate Conductor, as well as the national youth choirs of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. He has also 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 9th Symphony with the Barrier Reef Orchestra in Queensland, and recently conducted the CBSO in a massed performance of Carmina Burana, the Orchestra of Opera North with their Inspiration Choir, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Huddersfield Choral Society for the BBC’s Songs of Praise.
David has recently been appointed as the conductor of two of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Choirs, and as Principal Conductor of Young Voices, a position he has held for 18 years, directs massed choirs in an annual series of concerts with some choirs incorporating more than 8,000 singers. Forthcoming engagements include orchestral concerts with Sinfonia Viva, preparing his LSO Community and Youth Choirs for Sir Simon Rattle, and a performance of Haydn’s The Creation with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra in Tasmania.