David Smith enjoys working with a number of ensembles in and around London, and is currently Music Director of South East London Orchestra.

Visit the concert diary for details of his forthcoming and recent performances.


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About David

Equally at home with orchestras and wind orchestras, David is passionate about conducting contemporary music alongside the more recent 20th-century music and the great masterpieces of the classical repertoire.

Highlights from the 2017/18 season include his first performances of Martinu’s First Symphony, Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration and Nigel Clarke’s first symphony for winds, A Richer Dust.

David has worked as guest conductor with many orchestras across the south of England and in London. As an instrumentalist David has extensive experience as an orchestral trombonist and timpanist, with rare forays into the world of the double bass.

David read Music and a Masters in Musicology at the University of Southampton, where his tutors included David Owen Norris and Michael Finnissy. He studies conducting with Robin Browning, and previously studied with Denise Ham.

When not conducting, David is a senior manager at ABRSM (the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music).


Press quotes

“The programme was stimulating, adventurous and crowd-pleasing” – The Brass Herald

“A concert of deep thoughtfulness” – 4barsrest

“The playing was full of life and exuberance … clear guidance brought a marked delineation of the character and mood of each [movement] … this young man certainly established his conducting credentials” – Romsey Advertiser

“[They] perfectly captured the spirit of Christmas in ‘Winter Wonderland’ at Hampton Hill Playhouse … David Smith took the baton and [the group] treated the audience” – Richmond & Twickenham Times




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