MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND ACCOMPANIST
David Humphreys - Musical Director & Conductor
David Humphreys is Assistant Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, where his duties include accompanying and directing the Cathedral Choir on a daily basis. He has held the post since moving from a similar role at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in October 2011, a time that has included two terms as Acting Director of Music, when he was responsible for the cathedral’s entire music programme, including all the provision for choral services.
David is also in demand as a recitalist, playing at numerous venues around the UK including Westminster and St Paul’s cathedrals. His most recent solo CD, from Peterborough Cathedral on the Regent label, received widespread critical acclaim; Church Music Quarterly summing it up as ‘fabulous music played on a superb organ by a gifted and exciting organist’, whilst Gramophone hailed it as ‘a disc full of delights’, with ‘about as compelling a case for the Fantasia and Fugue in G by Parry as it has ever received on disc.’ David is committed to bringing the organ to a wider audience and is dedicated to helping the next generation of young organists; as such he enjoys an active role as a local teacher and has taught at the University of Cambridge and tutored for Oundle for Organists.
David studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Cambridge, where he read music. He held organ scholarships at All Saints, Margaret Street, St Albans Abbey and Jesus College, Cambridge, during which time, whilst an undergraduate, he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He has made numerous appearances on BBC radio and television, accompanying and directing choirs live on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and has played for a number of royal engagements, including the 2009 Office for the Royal Maundy in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. He has toured widely across Europe and played continuo for groups such as the Britten Sinfonia, Saraband Consort and Charivari Agréable. He works closely with a number of groups in the Peterborough area, and in September 2019 became Musical Director of Grantham Choral Society.
Philip Robinson - Accompanist
Philip Robinson began his musical career as head chorister of Durham Cathedral and later at the Royal College of Music he studied piano and organ.
Since then he has been involved with music education as a private teacher, as well as in a wide variety of schools.
Philip has held posts as accompanist to various choirs and has always enjoyed playing for solo singers. His work as an accompanist and ABRSM examiner has taken him to China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and various European countries.
As a choral director Philip has worked at different times with Grantham Choral Society and in 2019 he was the founder of a vocal ensemble Melismata, whose repertoire comprises music composed pre 1750.