Our Musical Directors

Musical Director – David Young


David studied at the University of Manchester and at the RWCMD in Cardiff, and now works as both a conductor and choral singer. As well as SCS, he is also Musical Director of Cardiff Polyphonic Choir and Choral Director at The Yehudi Menuhin School, and as a singer he works freelance with church and chamber choirs in London and is an alumnus of The Sixteen’s Genesis training scheme. His previous experience has included assisting preparing choruses for Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé (Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [Act III concert performance] and Parsifal [BBC Proms]), directing all three of the major choirs at The University of Manchester, conducting The NPG’s Portrait Choir, freelance conducting work for the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields and guest work with the Royal College of Music Chorus. David also works in the field of opera, and has conducted productions including The Magic Flute (Cardiff University), Carmen (Opera’r Ddraig [assistant]) and Venus and Adonis (University of Manchester), and has also worked on Lennox Berkeley A Dinner Engagement, Vaughan Williams Riders to the Sea (Bute Park Opera) and a broad variety of opera scenes (various companies). Future plans this season include Duruflé Requiem twice in Cardiff and once in Stafford, Christmas Concerts at the Yehudi Menuhin School and an a cappella programme of varied polyphony in Cardiff.

The Society is also pleased to have Pete Durrant as Assistant Musical Director and Accompanist. Pete lives in South Manchester and is also accompanist of St.George’s Singers (Poynton) and the Keele Bach Choir.

Pete has accompanied the BBCSO Chorus, the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Manchester Chamber Choir, and the Halle, Halle Youth and Halle Children’s Choirs under Sir Mark Elder amongst others. He has also played with the Halle Orchestra. Currently he is the repetiteur for Adam Gorb’s new opera ‘The Path to Heaven’.

Pete has also been the conductor of The University of Manchester’s chamber choir, Ad Solem, and Leek Choral Society, for whom he composed his Requiem for his final concert with them in May 2018.

In his spare time, Pete enjoys exercise and is currently training for Ironman UK in July 2018; a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run to finish!

He further works as a full time accompanist at the Royal Northern College of Music and at Manchester University.