Director of Music
David Bannister, BA, ARCO (b. 1983) began studying the organ while still a pupil at Magdalen College School, Oxford. Here, he was School Organist and, during his Upper-Sixth year, studied with David Goode. This was followed by a year spent as Organ Scholar at Sherborne Abbey before continuing his musical studies at Exeter and Bristol Universities. During his time at Bristol he was fortunate enough to have been awarded the Organ Scholarship at St Mary Redcliffe where he accompanied the choir as well as giving recitals on it’s wonderful Harrison and Harrison organ.
David is currently Organist of the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford, where he plays for Cathedral services during the absence of the choir of boys and men as well as being Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, Wolvercote. During Hilary Term 2012 he acted as Assisting Organist at St John’s College, Oxford, where he had the privilege of accompanying the College Choir on their fine Aubertin Organ (2008). He studies the organ with Steven Grahl (New College, Oxford).
He is also a keen continuo player and harpsichordist, and has studied with Dr Kah-Ming Ng of Charivari Agréable with whom he recorded a CD of concerti by Giuseppe Torelli as well as movements from Vespers by Pachelbel with The King’s Singers.
David also finds time to conduct the Oxford-based vocal ensemble Vespri Segreti, which exists to perform a wide range of early choral repertoire. The group regularly collaborates with a number of instrumentalists, most recently with the London-based Consortium5 and Spiritato! He is also Director of the Duomo Singers who are an Ensemble in Residence at St John’s Church, Notting Hill. Here, they sing for services as well as giving concerts and performing at weddings and other events. The Duomo Singers join the Partnership Choir to sing annually at St Peter’s Advent Carol Service.
David is always very happy to speak with those who might be interested in joining our enthusiastic and friendly Parish Choir. The only pre-requisite for this is a love of singing and a willingness to perform repertoire from a broad range of styles and periods. We welcome singers in all parts!