Saturday, January 1, 2000

David Burchell

Biography for David Burchell, Choir Director and Conductor

David Burchell
David Burchell has been Musical Director of City Choir Dunedin since the beginning of 2000 and is now the longest-serving Musical Director in the choir’s history. He is Organist and Choir Director at St Joseph’s Cathedral, and Senior Organist and Parish Choir Director at All Saints’ Church. He is the Dunedin City Organist, the University of Otago’s Graduation Organist and organ tutor for the Performing Arts Music Programme. He is also a regular conductor of the Dunedin Youth Orchestra, and occasionally works with St Kilda Brass.

Brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne, he is a graduate of Oxford University and there enjoyed a lengthy association with the renowned Choir of New College Oxford, first as Organ Scholar and later as Assistant Organist. This included a term in charge of the choir, television and radio broadcasts, and participation in the recording of many CDs as organ accompanist and soloist. He has also worked as a university lecturer and was director of the Newcastle University Orchestra. From 1999 to early 2011 he was organist and Choir Director at St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin.

As Musical Director of City Choir Dunedin he directs performances of major works for choir with a variety of accompanimental groups. Recent performances have included Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Duruflé’s Requiem and Norma’s Big Birthday Bash. Previous performances have included Britten’s Saint Nicolas and Rejoice in the Lamb, Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe! Come Sing the Songs of Africa and Song Cycle, Coleridge Taylor’s Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, Christopher Marshall’s For What Can Be More Beautiful?, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, requiems by Mozart and Fauré, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Magnificat, St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, David Hamilton’s Missa Pacifica and several performances of Handel’s Messiah.

He has appeared as organ soloist with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, and in the première of Anthony Ritchie's Organ Overture. He has also appeared with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, directing from the harpsichord, in Bach's fifth Brandenburg Concerto and as harpsichordist in C.P.E. Bach's Concerto for Harpsichord and Fortepiano.

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