Born in London in 1983, David Pipe read Music at Cambridge University as Organ Scholar of Downing College, later studying organ at the Royal Academy of Music. His organ teachers have included David Titterington, Susan Landale and Lionel Rogg. Whilst a Master’s student at the Royal Academy of Music, David was Organ Scholar and Director of the Merbecke Choir at Southwark Cathedral: he conducted the Merbecke Choir in front of a worldwide audience at the end of the Queen’s Christmas Message in 2006.
David appears regularly as organ recitalist, accompanist and conductor. He has given recitals at many major venues across the British Isles, as well as tours to Vermont and Colorado in the USA. He recently performed Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with Sheffield Symphony Orchestra; performances as continuo player have included Bach’s B minor Mass in Exeter Cathedral, a concert of English Restoration music with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in Cambridge, and a concert of Christmas music from the court of Charles I during the York Christmas Early Music Festival. He has appeared as both organist and conductor on national television and radio, and has featured on several recordings as organist and continuo player. This is his first solo recording.
David became Assistant Conductor of York Musical Society in September 2010, and was appointed Principal Conductor in March 2012. He has conducted them to critical acclaim in works including Handel’s Samson, Mozart’s Requiem and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem.
David came to work at York Minster in September 2008, having previously worked at Guildford Cathedral; he was appointed Assistant Director of Music in September 2010. Alongside his duties in the Minster, David performs regularly with York-based groups and is increasingly in demand as a teacher.
More details can be found at www.david-pipe.co.uk