Musical Director: David Allinson
David Allinson is an experienced conductor and choir trainer: he has directed numerous workshops in the UK and Europe. His academic and performing interests converge in his love of Renaissance choral music. As a conductor he has a special concern with communicating the sacred music of the past vividly to today’s audiences, often devising programmes that attempt to immerse the listener in evocative architecture, art or liturgical reconstruction – while keeping the music firmly ‘centre stage’. He has conducted the Renaissance Singers since January 2010.
As a workshop leader David has built a high reputation for combining historical expertise and technical know-how with energy and humour; he has led choral workshops for every English Early Music Forum (and EMF Scotland), as well as at the South Bank Centre, London. He works frequently as a choral ‘animateur’ on the continent, running summer schools for organisations like Run by Singers.
David studied music at St Peter’s College, Oxford and University College, Durham; he completed a PhD (on the devotional and intellectual context of early Tudor church music) at Exeter University in 1998. He then worked on the revised Grove Dictionary of Music, subsequently becoming assistant editor of several music periodicals.
In October 2011, after ten years as a freelancer – which included professional singing, music editing and research, directing several choirs, school teaching and lecturing at City University, London, Oxford Brookes and at several Oxford colleges – he was appointed Teaching Fellow in Music at Bristol University. Currently Director of Music at Canterbury Christ Church University, he continues to conduct the Renaissance Singers along with his own occasional early music ensemble, Cantores, and to lead a strictly limited number of choral workshops and summer schools.
Further information is available on David's own website.