David Smith Conductor
David Smith enjoys working with a number of ensembles in London, and is currently Music Director of South East London Orchestra and City of London Symphonic Winds.
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 2015/16 season include his first performances of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
David has a long history of conducting wind ensembles and has been Music Director of City of London Symphonic Winds since 2011 (and was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of CLSW’s neighbouring ensemble, City Wind Orchestra, in 2014); previously directed Barnes Concert Band (2008–13) and Southampton University Symphonic Wind Orchestra (2001–04); and was assistant conductor for Kew Wind Orchestra (2004–08). 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), overseeing all of the work of their grade examiners. Away from all this, he supports the England cricket team, bakes strictly to the recipe, and enjoys debating fine details with his two-year old son.