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Biography

David Mackay is a conductorcomposer, and tenor. He has worked as a conductor in Australia and the United Kingdom, including work with Opera AustraliaSydney Philharmonia ChoirsSydney Chamber Choir, the Sydney Chamber OrchestraNova Camerata, and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

David served as the Music Director of the Oriana Chorale from 2010 – 2012, and continues to perform with Oriana as a guest conductor.

David founded Coro with Paul Eldon in 2012, and performs with Coro as a conductor and as a tenor. He is also a founding member of the Pocket Score Company, an all-male vocal quartet specialising in early music.

In 2011, he travelled to Beijing as a guest of the International Festival Chorus to conduct Messiah.

David was the founding Music Director of the Goodenough Chamber Orchestra and Voices in London in 2003, for whom he commissioned Kasper Cornish’s oratorio The Wanderer, a setting of poems by Australian poet Christopher Brennan.

David was the recipient of a Canberra Critics Circle Award for Music in 2011. The award was made “for his dedication to the pursuit of excellence with his ensemble, the Oriana Chorale, a group of amateur singers encompassing a diverse range of ages and vocal qualities to consistently present concerts of an exceptionally high standard”.

As a tenor, David has also performed with the choirs of St James Church King Street in Sydney, St Simon Zelotes Church in Chelsea, London, the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, and the Brandenburg Choir.

David is also an active composer, particularly of works for choir and solo voice.