Sintra International Singing &
Choral Conducting Course


David Lawrence Lawrence is one of the UK's most versatile conductors, working with orchestras, symphony choruses and national youth choirs. He was recently nominated for a Gramophone Award for his conducting, and currently holds the Guinness World Record for conducting the UK's largest choir - 6,846 singers!

David's work has taken him to Singapore, Colombia, Canada, the United States, India, throughout Europe, and since 2005 he has worked regularly in Australia. His positive and engaging manner makes him a popular guest conductor, and he is an experienced and respected trainer of choral conductors. He teaches regularly alongside Ghislaine Morgan in Portugal, and, for the company Artsworks, delivers management training and team building through the media of singing and conducting.

With particular experience in the field of contemporary music, David has prepared and conducted première performances by Per Nørgård, Pierre Boulez, Iannis Xenakis, Mauricio Kagel, Graham Fitkin, James Wood, Bob Chilcott and others. As a guest chorusmaster of the Netherlands Radio Choir he has worked with conductors such as Kenneth Montgomery, Frans Brüggen, and John Adams. Working closely with Stockhausen David also conducted this exceptional choir in the German première of Scene II from his opera Sontag aus Licht.

He has worked with the London Philharmonic Choir, the Hallé Choir, and the CBSO Chorus for whom he is the Associate Conductor, as well as the national youth choirs of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. David has adjudicated at international choral festivals as well as for the BBC Choir of the Year and Young Musician of the Year competitions. He conducts for BBC Television's 'Songs of Praise' directed 'The People's Chorus' for BBC Four. David recently conducted Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Barrier Reef Orchestra as part of a six week visit to Queensland, and the 'Mega Messiah' which he conducted at the Wales Millennium Centre has now become an annual event.

As Principal Conductor of Young Voices David directs massed choirs in an annual series of concerts, with some choirs incorporating more than 8,000 singers.

He continues to work with Sinfonia Viva as their Choral Advisor, a project leader and conductor, and has also directed large scale education projects with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Engagements for 2013 include the "Festival of Voices" in Tasmania, a community singing project with the Dutch Radio Choir, and a welcome return to the National Youth Choir of Wales.