Music 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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Accompanist

Photograph courtesy of Glyn Davies

Rufus read music at Oxford University (where he was Conductor of the Oxford University Philharmonia, Organ Scholar of Merton College and a tenor in Schola Cantorum). He performed his Finals Recital as a violinist. He subsequently became Organ Scholar of Worcester Cathedral. In 2003, Rufus took up his current post as Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. He combined this with prize-winning postgraduate study in Choral Direction and Church Music at the Royal Academy of Music.

Rufus appears as a conductor and organist on the Divine Art and Diversions labels. He is a passionate educator and is heavily involved in the work of Hertfordshire Music Service as an orchestral conductor and animateur (most notably as Artistic and Musical Director of the Hertfordshire Schools’ Galas at the Royal Albert Hall). He is also a part-time member of the academic staff at the Princess Helena College, Hitchin.

Contemporary music features highly in Rufus’s diary and he has conducted and played for numerous premieres including works by Judith Weir, Richard Allain, Ben Parry, Graham Ross, Sasha Johnson Manning, Richard Sisson and Will Todd. 2014 included his first organ recital at Westminster Abbey and the premiere of his carol ‘Adam lay bounden’ at the Annual Carol Service for the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2012, Rufus was awarded Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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