Blue Flower

David Dewar is the Conductor of the chamber choir Musica Vera in Cheltenham, Director of the Schola Chamber Choir, and a freelance orchestral conductor and choral director.  He is a former conductor of Bath University Choir.

David's started his musical career as a young organist at St John's RC Cathedral, Portsmouth, while still at school. He studied Music at Canterbury Christ Church University gainging a First, and Conducting under the direction of George Hurst, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, and Denise Ham.    He is now researching in Musicology at the University of Bristol.   In 2016 he was  one of two recipients of travel scholarships from the Colston Research Society, to assist in furthering his research.

David's work with his various choirs has seen performances of works ranging from Bach Motets, Vivaldi Gloria and Haydn The Creation to Britten St Nicolas and Thiman Songs of Sailors and the Sea. His work with Musica Vera has included works by Raymond Warren, Maxwell Davies, and Whitacre alongside music by Brahms, Durante, Vivaldi, Zelenka, Britten, Sumsion, and Herbert Howells.

Aside from his career as a conductor, David is active as a consort singer and sings with as well as directs his chamber choir, Schola. The group performs throughout the south of England. He is a former member of the Cumbrian chamber choir, the Wordsworth Singers.  As an organist David has given recitals and concerts in cathedrals and major churches, as well as providing organ or harpsichord continuo.  He also teaches conducting, organ, and theory of music.