The Director of Music is David Dewar, who plans the termly chapel music in collaboration where possible with the Organ Scholar(s). He is also responsible for concerts in the Chapel. His role encompasses the adjunct responsibility of Chapel Clerk.
David is a fully qualified musician: a conductor, harpsichordist and organist. As a keyboard player, he trained with Anne Marsden Thomas and Gerdi Troskie, and holds a diploma from the Royal College of Organists and two from the Royal School of Church Music. He is also a freelance horn-player studying at the then Birmingham Conservatoire with Roger Clark and later with Anthony Halstead in London. David is a conductor of orchestras and choirs with over 30 years experience, having studied with George Hurst and Rodolfo Saglimbeni. He gained a first class degree from Canterbury Christ Church University, in 2014.
He has worked in church music since the age of 15, and has held appointments as Director of Music at churches in the Midlands and the South of England. Choristers he has trained have gained awards with the Royal School of Church Music, and have moved on thereafter to membership of prestigious choirs. David has given organ recitals in Malvern Priory, Ripon Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, Birmingham Cathedral, Doncaster Minster, Holy Trinity Bradford-on-Avon, Wellow Parish Church, St Ives Parish Church in Cornwall, St Martin's Brampton (Cumbria), All Saints Westbury, St Michael's Retford, Chippenham Parish Church, and All Saints', Westbury.
Formerly he was Music Adviser in the Diocese of Birmingham, and Assistant Regional Director for the Royal School of Church Music - with responsibility for providing advice and guidance to church musicians and clergy in the North East (from Wakefield north to the Borders).
Further information can be found at www.daviddewar.org.uk