David Spencer

David’s early musical education began as a chorister at Liverpool Cathedral where he also began his Piano and Organ tuition. He was a member of the Merseyside Youth Orchestra, playing Percussion, and in various other choirs and groups. He studied the organ with Noel Rawsthorne and was an Organ Scholar, also at Liverpool Cathedral. David also held Organist and Choirmaster posts at several parish churches in Liverpool.

After graduating from St. Katharine’s College and Liverpool University he began teaching music in Oxford, and held Director of Music posts in North Oxfordshire and Derbyshire. He was appointed as Director of Music at South Wiltshire Grammar School, Salisbury, in 1982, and remained there until he retired from full time teaching in December 2000, in order to undertake further examining and composing work.

Responsibilities have also included the Directorships of area music schools in Derbyshire and Wiltshire, and teaching at the Banbury area centre. Whilst in Salisbury, David has conducted the Wiltshire County Youth Orchestra.

David’s musical experience includes performing as an organist and as an orchestral conductor.  He has worked with several choirs and orchestras and conducted at many English cathedrals such as Salisbury, Chichester, Wells, Guildford, Liverpool, St. Paul’s and Westminster Abbey.

Some of David’s current musical responsibilities include examining A-Level composing and practical music for the OCR exam board. He also conducts “Ex Cappella Choir” in Salisbury, performs on piano and organ, and, since retiring from full time teaching, assists with A-Level music teaching from time to time at a number of schools in the Salisbury area.

Apart from music, other interests include ornithology, cricket, football, reading, computers, and walking. David is also a member of the Guild of Stewards at Salisbury Cathedral.

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