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David Hill

Conductor

  • David Hill’s impressive new recording with his Bach Choir (in the original German) boasts confident, ardent choral singing and orchestral playing, and a strong solo team…
    BBC Music Magazine
  • What an extraordinary contribution to our nation's musical life he has made.
    The Telegraph
  • Conductor David Hill creates a beautiful nostalgic-numinous atmosphere, but he also has a keen sense of drama and whips up some thrilling climaxes
    Classic FM
  • These performances under David Hill are fine, responsive to the beauty and the terror...[they] impress as more impassioned than Hickox's and the recorded sound has a keener range and depth of perspective.
    Gramophone
  • The BBC Singers gave no fewer than four premieres, each in their way extraordinary, in a towering performance directed by David Hill...
    The Guardian
  • Widely known as one of the leading choral directors in the UK, David Hill‘s fine musicianship is recognised by his appointments as Chief Conductor of The BBC Singers, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Music Director of the Southern Sinfonia, Music Director of the Leeds Philharmonic Society, Associate Guest Conductor of The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. From July 2013 he adds Principal Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum to his appointments.

    Born in Carlisle and educated at Chetham’s School of Music, of which he is now a Governor, he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the remarkably young age of 17. Having been Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, David Hill returned to hold the post of Director of Music from 2004-2007. His other appointments have included Master of the Music at Winchester Cathedral, Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral and Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Chorus. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Southampton for Services to Music.

    David Hill has a broad-ranging discography covering repertoire from Thomas Tallis to a number of world premiere recordings. As well as achieving prestigious Grammy and Gramophone Awards, many of his discs have been recommended as Critic’s Choices. His ongoing series of English choral music for Naxos has received particular acclaim including being shortlisted for the 2010 Gramophone Awards.

    Hill has appeared with The BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera, the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North, Ulster Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Netherlands Radio Choir and RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin.

    • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / The Bach Choir, David Matthews Symphony No. 7 & Vespers
      CDLX7305

      A mightily impressive find, make no mistake - and another stellar performance, too, this time under the watchful supervision of David Hill.
      Gramophone
    • BBC Prom 70: BBC Singers, Royal Albert Hall
      September 2013

      With the BBC Singers and the Choristers of Temple Church Choir under David Hill, the result was magical
      The Guardian
      Under their director, David Hill, the BBC Singers cherished the softly undulating melodies, their syllables striding out in the Dies Irae, their words lightly held, flowing as clear and transparent as a wash of English watercolour.
      **** The Times
      Britten’s A Boy Was Born – got a stunning performance by a combination of the Temple Church Choir and the BBC Singers under David Hill’s direction.
      The Independent
      David Hill, choral conductor par excellence, directed with clarity and evident passion... The BBC Singers were joined for this by the boys in red, from the Temple Church Choir, all with angel voices. This was a treat: sophisticated, many-layered music, stamped with signs of the Britten to come, most dextrously performed, with due regard even paid to “authentic” medieval pronunciations.
      The Arts Desk
    • BBC Singers, The Cheltenham Festival
      July 2012

      The BBC Singers, led by conductor David Hill were meticulous in their approach to the score and subtleties in the music.
      Bachtrack
      The BBC Singers gave no fewer than four premieres, each in their way extraordinary, in a towering performance directed by David Hill, at Cheltenham College Chapel
      The Guardian
      the breathtakingly brilliant BBC Singers under David Hill’s wise and remarkable direction came through it all with flying colours
      Seen & Heard International
    • Delius Mass of Life and Prelude & Idyll
      Naxos 8572861-62, June 2012

      This superb new [recording] from the Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in fact increases by 100 per cent the number of versions readily available. … David Hill launches the opening O du mein Wille! with terrific gusto, the chorus and orchestra responding with thrilling impulse and intensity. Even in Part 2, where the tension slackens and the music becomes more meditative, Hill maintains the inner momentum and points up the essential poetry of the piece. In this Delius anniversary year it is good to welcome such a stirring and perceptive interpretation of his work.
      ***** The Telegraph
      There is no doubt from the vivid opening choruses of Parts 1 and 2 of the recording (and what openings!) that the message of the work is a life-affirming one. There is a dynamic momentum to the tempi which perfectly evokes Zarathustra’s ruling passion, the Will of Man, and there is a richness to the orchestral sounds which adds to the sense of muscularity. The chorus negotiate Delius’s often awkward vocal intervals with great skill and the intonation is virtually flawless. Hill brings energy and élan to the third section, ‘In deine Auge’ (for me perhaps the most exhilarating section of Part 1), where the parallel with the end of Act 2 of Die Meistersinger is almost palpable and where the most unusual example of a Delius fugue is given life, vigour and meaning. This is a must for any Delius Liebhaber and, with the added bonus of the later Prelude and Idyll, a marvellous starting point for anyone new to Delius’s unique but compelling art.
      Gramophone
      David Hill’s impressive new recording with his Bach Choir (in the original German) boasts confident, ardent choral singing and orchestral playing, and a strong solo team
      **** BBC Music Magazine
      … and this new [recording], from Naxos, has splendid modern sound, a thrilling choir and orchestra, and, in David Hill, a conductor no less devoted to Delius than his more celebrated predecessor
      Classical CD of the Week, The Sunday Times
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