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DAVID WORDSWORTH studied at Leeds University, the City University (London) and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. After a period of teaching he held senior positions at two major music publishers, Schott and OUP, developing close working relationships with a wide range of composers including Tippett, Henze, Ligeti, Penderecki , Dutilleux and more recently at OUP, working closely with Alun Hoddinott, Wiliam Mathias, John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Gabriel Jackson and Cecilia McDowall.

David became Music Director of the Addison Singers in 1995 and under his direction the choirs have expanded their regular London concert season, sung at major venues in Edinburgh, Paris, Barcelona, Krakow and Milan and have sung on tour in France, Italy and at the Carnegie Hall (New York) under the baton of Bob Chilcott. The choir’s most recent tour included concerts at Truro Cathedral, the Minack Theatre and the Tate Gallery in Cornwall and in the 13/14 season they will give concerts in Scotland, at festivals in Sussex and Cambridgeshire and undertake a tour of Ireland.

New music is a regular feature of David’s concerts – he has conducted many world/regional premieres and has conducted the first performances of works written especially for him and the Addison Singers by Gavin Bryars, Cecilia McDowall, Gabriel Jackson, Bob Chilcott, David Matthews, Edwin Roxburgh, Howard Skempton and William Bolcom amongst many others. In January 2012 David conducted a highly successful singing day on Howard Goodall’s successful new work ‘Eternal Light’ – given in the presence of the composer and attracting singers from many parts of the UK and in March 2013 he conducted a Singing Day featuring the music of Morten Lauridsen, again given in the presence of the composer. Alongside more recent music David has conducted a great deal of the standard choral/orchestral works in the repertoire and in 2014 will conduct both the London and US premieres of a recently discovered work by Vaughan Williams, ‘The Garden of Proserpine’

In addition to work with the Addison Singers David Wordsworth was Musical Director of Horsley Choral Society in Surrey (2005-8), has conducted/adjudicated in Hungary, Norway, Mexico and Cuba and in 2007 visited the Philippines, conducting the Philippine Philharmonic in a concert of British music and teaching at the UST Conservatoire in Manila. He has appeared at festivals in many parts of the UK and spent the last three months of 2011 in the US, holding residencies at universities in New York, Michigan, North Carolina and Rhode Island.

In June 2012 David was Artistic Director of ‘John Ireland in Chelsea’ a major festival celebrating the music of the noted English composer that featured major exponents of English music including Julian Lloyd Webber, Roderick Williams and Mark Bebbington – and which featured David as both conductor and pianist. Other plans for 2013/14 include concerts at St Martin in the Fields and St John’s Smith Square (London), further residencies in the US, invitations to conduct in Korea and Japan and the recording of CD of choral music by John Gardner.

David Wordsworth’s new arrangement of Ireland’s ‘Greater Love hath No Man’ was premiered at the Ireland Festival in June 2012. This along with a new version for two pianos of Ireland’s orchestral work ‘Mai Dun’ will be published by Stainer & Bell later in 2013. He is working on new arrangements of music by William Bolcom and John McCabe to be published and premiered in the 13/14 season. David’s most recent publications include an article on the music of Gavin Bryars and a tribute to his friend Richard Rodney Bennett for ‘Choir & Organ’ He is Music Advisor to the John Ireland Trust and the Anthony Burgess Foundation.