Musical Director of Hertfordshire Chorus

Courtesy of Debbie Ram photographyDavid Temple MBE one of the country’s foremost choral directors, founded and continues to conduct Crouch End Festival Chorus. Musical Director of Hertfordshire Chorus since 2000, he has been instrumental in building the choir to a very high standard of performance.

In 2016 David conducted Hertfordshire Chorus in a recording of Will Todd’s Ode to a Nightingale and James McCarthy’s Codebreaker with the BBC Concert Orchestra, released on Signum Records in 2017 to enormous critical acclaim read here. Recent concert highlights were a performance of the Chorus’s latest commission, Rio Amazonas by Roland Perrin, in the 2017 London Jazz Festival. Other concert highlights with Hertfordshire Chorus include critically acclaimed performances of Elgar’s The Kingdom and The Apostles in St Albans Cathedral as well as frequent visits to Sage in Gateshead. David is a great supporter of up-and-coming composers. In addition to Codebreaker and Ode to a Nightingale, commissions with Hertfordshire Chorus include Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, which has received well over 100 performances all over the world. 

David has worked with many eminent conductors including Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Sallonen, Semyon Bychkov and Edward Gardner, preparing choirs for major performances. With Crouch End Festival Chorus he has just completed a recording of Bach’s St John Passion for Chandos Records.

Not only involved with traditional classical music, David has collaborated closely for many years with Ray Davies, Oasis – and more recently, Noel Gallagher – as well as Goldfrapp, Travis, Bombay Bicycle Club and Basement Jaxx.

Recording work includes music for the BBC’s Doctor Who at Air Studios and soundtracks such as Journey to the Center of the Earth, Prince Caspian and The Awakening. David has also prepared both of his choirs for concerts with Ennio Morricone, Andrea Bocelli, Hans Zimmer and Procol Harum.

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