David Hill (choral director)

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David Hill

David Hill, MBE (born on 13 May 1957[1] in Carlisle, Cumberland) is a choral conductor and organist. Since July 2013, he is Professor Adjunct of Choral Conducting and Principal Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.[2] His highest-profile roles are as Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers from September 2007 until 2017, and Musical Director of The Bach Choir since April 1998.[3]

He also holds the positions Chief Conductor of the Southern Sinfonia, Music Director of the Leeds Philharmonic Society, Associate Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and President of Bath Bach Choir.

Hill is President of the Incorporated Association of Organists, succeeding Catherine Ennis.[4]

He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to music.[5] He had a part in Coronation Street in 1970 where he broke into the vestry to play the organ and was befriended by Ena Sharples.

Past career[edit]

Hill was educated at Chetham's School of Music and St John's College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar under George Guest. He spent two years from 1980 as Sub-Organist at Durham Cathedral, under Richard Hey Lloyd.

He was Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral from 1982–87, then at Winchester Cathedral from 1987-2002, before returning to St John's College as Director of Music from 2003-07.


  1. ^ Weekend birthdays, "The Guardian", 12 May 2007. p. 43. Accessed on 16 August 2007.
  2. ^ "David Hill | Institute of Sacred Music". ism.yale.edu. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  3. ^ The Bach Choir Website Archived 3 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Rayfield Allied – David Hill". www.rayfieldallied.com. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  5. ^ "No. 62507". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2018. p. 18.

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Preceded by Director of Music, Westminster Cathedral
Succeeded by
Preceded by Director of Music, Winchester Cathedral
Succeeded by
Preceded by Director of Music, St John's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Preceded by Musical Director, The Bach Choir
1998 - present