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Acting Director of Music

David Newsholme is a conductor, organist, teacher and academic, with wide-ranging musical interests and expertise. He is currently Acting Director of Music at Canterbury Cathedral, where he is responsible for training the Cathedral’s choirs, and for all other musical aspects of the Cathedral’s work.

David is founding Director of the Girls’ Choir at Canterbury Cathedral, a post which he has held since 2014. Under his leadership, the ensemble has established an international reputation through its performances at numerous high-profile occasions, it’s critically-acclaimed recordings, and its various television and radio appearances. He is responsible for nurturing and inspiring the ensemble’s teenage choristers, a large number of whom go on to hold choral awards at many of the UK’s top university choral foundations.

David was educated as a chorister at Worcester Cathedral. He spent a year at Salisbury Cathedral before taking up the organ scholarship at New College, Oxford, under the direction of Edward Higginbottom. David subsequently completed a PhD at the University of York, during which time he held the position of Assistant Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College.

As a choral and orchestral conductor, David has worked with leading ensembles, including The English Concert, Fretwork, and His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts; he enjoys a continuing association with The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen. Between 2011 and 2016 David directed the Canterbury Singers, during which time the choir collaborated frequently with the Festival Chamber Orchestra; in 2019 he was appointed Musical Director of Whitstable Choral Society.

An experienced organ soloist, accompanist and ensemble player, David has appeared at major venues throughout the UK, Europe and North America. He is principal accompanist to the men and boys of Canterbury Cathedral Choir, with whom he has played at many significant occasions, notably the enthronement service of Archbishop Justin Welby in 2013. Between 2009 and 2013 David held the W.T. Best Scholarship, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

David’s broad-ranging discography can be found on the Decca, Opus Arte, Regent and Signum labels. He has also recorded for BBC Music Magazine.

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