New Musical Director
David Thomas, the Master of Music at Winchester College, will take up the baton as Musical Director of Winchester Music Club in September 2015, making his debut with a performance of Handel’s Messiah on the 26th November at Winchester Cathedral.
David Thomas began his musical training as a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford, under Dr Bernard Rose. At the age of 13 he began organ lessons with Malcolm Archer and in 1983 became Organ Scholar of The Queen’s College, Oxford, studying organ with James Dalton and Kimberly Marshall and singing with Margaret Philpot, as well as reading for a degree in Music.
In a teaching career spanning nearly 30 years, he has held posts at The Leys School in Cambridge, The King’s School in Canterbury, Fettes College in Edinburgh (Director of Music), Trinity School in Croydon (Deputy Head), Reigate Grammar School (Headmaster) and The Purcell School (Headmaster), and will take up his appointment as Master of Music at Winchester in September 2015.
As a singer, David has performed with the choir of Magdalen College Oxford, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Canterbury Cathedral Choir, the Scottish Chamber Choir and the Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. As a conductor, he has directed a wide variety of groups from choirs to jazz bands, conducted performances ranging from Mozart’s Requiem to Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, in venues including the Fairfield Halls, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral. He has toured to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Canada, Austria, France and Ireland. He was formerly musical director of the Esterhazy Chamber Choir in Lewes, and has directed several choral workshops on music by Sheppard, Tomkins and Brahms. He has a particular affinity for the music of Henry Purcell, and in 2012 accompanied soprano Susan Gritton in a recital of Purcell songs in aid of the Royal Marsden Hospital.
As an experienced senior manager in independent schools, David has been much in demand to advise other schools about music, including the appointment of Directors of Music to many leading schools in the UK. He is a former A-level examiner and school inspector. He is also the author of a report for the National College of School Leadership on senior leadership teams in successful schools.