David Davies Biography
David Davies was brought up in a small quarrying town in Snowdonia, North Wales, and has enjoyed a somewhat unusual career. Drawn by music at an early age, David was educated bilingually up to the age of 16 and, following a chance meeting with Alastair Sampson, organist at Eton College, he won a sixth form scholarship to Eton. He was awarded additionally a Music Scholarship there, together with prizes in performance, and, after two very rewarding years, David gained the organ scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford. In addition to accompanying the College Chapel Choir, and touring with them to Japan and the USA, he began to train as a choral and orchestral conductor.
In 1999 David won a scholarship to study at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, and spent two years concurrently as Fellow in Church Music at Christ Church, New Haven. He has worked at Guildford and Exeter Cathedrals in the UK, primarily as Assistant Director of Music, but he also held the Acting Director of Music position at both cathedrals multiple times. He conducted the Exeter Bach Society and Orchestra and accompanied Exeter Philharmonic Choir.
At Guildford, David was Director of the Cathedral Girls’ Choir, and, during his time there was an adjunct lecturer in Music at the University of Surrey. For three years he conducted the Surrey Festival Choir and Orchestra, and established himself as an organ recitalist. He has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts, and has performed at Westminster Abbey and the Royal Festival Hall, in addition to giving concert tours in the USA and Germany.
David studied organ with John Wellingham, Nicolas Kynaston, Jacques van Oortmerssen, Gerre Hancock, Dr Martin Jean and Thomas Murray, and has received coaching from Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry and Peter Hurford. As a choral conductor his mentors included Ralph Allwood, Grayston Ives, Robert Lehman and Marguerite Brooks. He studied piano with Peter Melville Smith and Dr Dorian Leljak.
In addition to his interest and work in classical music in general, and liturgical music in particular, David writes and lectures on the intersection of liturgical visual art, cultural history and music.
Romain Leleu – Biography
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Instrumental soloist revelation » by the Victoires de la Musique (French GRAMMY AWARDS) in 2009, Romain Leleu performs all over the world with a repertoire ranging from Baroque concertos to the 21th century. As soloist he appears with the main French and international orchestras, and as chamber musician often shares the stage with Thierry Escaich, Adam Laloum, François
Dumont, Ibrahim Maalouf, Frank Braley.
Trained in the traditional French trumpet school, Romain Leleu is an adventurous
musician always exploring new universes; he has premiered new works
by contemporary composers including Martin Matalon, Philippe Hersant, Karol
Beffa, Jean-Baptiste Robin, Vincent Peirani. To explore new transcribed musics, he
created in 2010 his audacious and spontaneous Ensemble Convergences, a string
quintet and trumpet, with members of some of the finest French orchestras.
Romain Leleu’s discography released on the Aparté/Harmonia Mundi and Sony
labels knows a sharp success (RTL Gold Classic, Diapason 5, Radio Classique
selection, Pizzicato, Resmusica).
In 2017-18, he will perform the Shostakovich Concerto with the Brandenburgischen
Staatsorchesters in Frankfurt; he will premiere the Beintus Concerto with Frank
Braley and the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie; he’ll tour in USA,
South America, Taïwan with Thierry Escaich, and in Europe with Ensemble
Convergences. Concerts and tours on his website: https://romainleleu.com
Romain Leleu is represented by Konzertagentur Caecilia Zurich and Geneva. He
is a Yamaha Performing artist.
Last year, Romain performed in France, Germany, UK, the USA and Canada.