David Hill appointed Principal Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum

David Hill 1 © John Wood Hi res 1MBDavid Hill has just been appointed Principal Conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum. In addition, he will hold the post of Professor (Adjunct) of Choral Conducting for a three-year term in the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music. He will appear with Yale Schola Cantorum on January 26 conducting the Frank Martin Mass for Double Choir and Purcell Anthems at Christ Church Episcopal, New Haven, CT.

David Hill succeeds Masaaki Suzuki who has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the choir.


David Hill conducts The Angry Planet at The Proms

David Hill will conduct the première of Bob Chilcott’s The Angry Planet at the BBC Proms on  August 5. Commissioned by The Bach Choir, the performance will feature four choirs – The Bach Choir, The BBC Singers, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and childrens’ choirs from several London boroughs. View a video about the piece at http://www.thebachchoir.org.uk/videos/angryplanet.php. David Hill will discuss the work on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme on August 3 –

David Hill’s wise and remarkable direction

“This full length concert [at the Cheltenham Festival] was enough to challenge the most versatile of choirs but the brilliant BBC Singers under David Hill’s wise and remarkable direction cam through it all with flying colours. ” Seen & Heard International . http://www.seenandheard-international.com/2012/07/06/new-music-at-cheltenham-2012/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-music-at-cheltenham-2012

Great acclaim for David Hill’s recording of Delius Mass of Life

“Beechams’s famous recording is more than 50 years old, and this new one, from Naxos has splendid modern sound, a thrilling choir and orchestra, and, in David Hill, a conductor no less devoted to Delius than his more celebrated predecessor” Classical CD of the Week,  The Sunday Times, 10 June 2012.

David Hill’s impressive new recording with his Bach Choir (in the original German) boasts confident, ardent choral singing and orchestral playing, and a strong solo team. “ **** BBC Music Magazine

David Hill launches the opening O du mein Wille! with terrific gusto, the chorus and orchestra responding with thrilling impulse and intensity… it is good to welcome such a stirring and perceptive interpretation of [Delius’] work.” ***** The Telegraph

David Hill to judge The Times carol competition

Budding composers can enter the inaugural competition for a new Christmas carol lauched by The Times.  David Hill will conduct the winning entry, performed by The Bach Choir, at Cadogan Hall, London on December 8. Read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/competitions/article3089105.ece. Hill’s fellow judges are The Times chief music critic, Richard Morrision and Andrew Riley, of The Times Register and News International Choir.

Helen-Jane Howells Radio 3 début

Soprano Helen-Jane Howells makes her first appearance on BBC Radio 3 on April 21 at 19.00. Stepping in at short notice, Helen-Jane joined The Bach Choir, Florilegium and conductor David Hill for Bach’s St Matthew Passion recorded on April 10 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.  Full details can be found  here and the performance will be available to listen again for 7 days via BBC Iplayer.

David Hill’s new version of the Fauré Requiem for choir and small instrumental ensemble is broadcast on April 20 and will also be available on Iplayer for a week.

Hill makes Gramophone Awards shortlist

David Hill’s recording of Vaughan Williams’ Sancta Civitas and Dona Nobis Pacem has been shortlisted for the 2010 Gramophone Award in the Choral category. All will be revealed on October 1. http://www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/2010/choral

The present performance is magnificent…For newcomers to these glorious works I can only urge you to invest confidently in David Hill’s interpretations.
Music Web Bargain of the Month. May 2010

Hill and his massed forces …are captivating from the start.
International Record Review May 2010

Radio interviews with David Hill

Arvo Pärt

You can hear David Hill interviewed by Kirsty Lang on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row’ arts programme on August 12 (from 7.15) as well as Petroc Trelawny on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ on August 13 (from 6.15). David will be talking about his forthcoming Late Night Prom on August 17 when he will conduct Arvo Pärt’s hypnotic St John Passion.