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 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 over 30 years, David 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).
In September 2015 he took up his appointment as Master of Music at Winchester College, in which capacity he conducted the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Glee Club (Choral Society), as well as singing with Chapel Choir when time permitted. In his career, he has directed a wide variety of groups from choirs to jazz bands, conducted works ranging from Mozart’s Requiem to Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, and in venues including the Fairfield Halls, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.
David was been musical director of the Winchester Music Club from 2015 to 2021. He directed us in performances including Handel Messiah, Brahms Requiem and Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem, and started an eight-year project to perform all of Haydn’s masses.