Saturday, January 1, 2000

David Burchell

Biography for David Burchell, Choir Director and Conductor

David Burchell
David Burchell has been Musical Director of the City of Dunedin Choir since the beginning of 2000.

He is Organist at St Joseph's Cathedral and acting Director of Music at All Saints' Church. He is the Dunedin City Organist, the University of Otago's Graduation Organist and organ tutor in the Department of Music. He is also a regular conductor of the Dunedin Youth Orchestra, and in May 2011 directed a concert 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 the City of Dunedin Choir he directs performances of major works for choir with a variety of accompanimental groups; recent performances have included Britten’s St Nicolas, Zimbe! by Alexander L’Estrange, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s St John Passion and St Matthew Passion and the Christmas Oratorio; Handel's Messiah, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, and David Hamilton's Missa Pacifica.

He has appeared as organ soloist with the Southern Sinfonia 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 Southern Sinfonia, directing from the harpsichord, in Bach's fifth Brandenburg Concerto.

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