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Rutlander recognised for services to music with MBE




Respected choral and orchestral conductor Dr David Hill has received an MBE for services to music.

Renowned for his fine musicianship, David’s talent has been recognised by his appointments as musical director of The Bach Choir, music director of Leeds Philharmonic Society, associate guest conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum.

Dr David Hill Photo: John Wood (6253859)
Dr David Hill Photo: John Wood (6253859)

He was chief conductor of the BBC Singers from September 2007 to September 2017 and is a former music director of Southern Sinfonia.

“I was not expecting it but it was a very pleasant surprise and an honour in every sense of the word,” said the 61-year-old Wing resident of the MBE.

Born in Carlisle and educated at Chetham’s School of Music, of which he is now a governor, David was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age
of 17.

Having been organ scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, David returned to hold the post of director of music from 2004 to 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 also has a broad-ranging discography covering repertoire from Thomas Tallis to a number of world premiere recordings.

In addition to 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.

David said he had received “ a very kind response” once the news of his MBE was announced.

“I’ve heard from a lot of people that I hadn’t heard from in a while,” he said.

“While this kind of accolade is a personal thing, it is also for all those who have helped me get to where I am today.

“In a sense my profession is also my hobby but it does take a lot of hard work with plenty of travelling and pressure as you are in the public eye.

“But I’m very grateful for it all.”

To learn more visit www.davidhillconducting.wordpress.com



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