David Skinner


David Skinner is a renowned scholar and choral director. He was co-founder of The Cardinall’s Musick in 1989, and has also worked with many other leading early music groups in the UK including The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, the Hilliard Ensemble and the King’s Singers. David founded Alamire in 2005 as an extension to his research and performance activities. The ensemble has already received critical acclaim for their performances and recordings and has released five CDs on the Obsidian label, of which David is Artistic Director.

An engaging presenter, David has worked extensively for BBC radio, appearing in and writing a variety of shows on Radio 3 and 4. He acted as music advisor for the Music and Monarchy series on BBC 2 with historian David Starkey; he and Alamire appear in the first two episodes of the series. He has published widely on music and musicians of early Tudor England and has an excellent reputation as an editor of performance scores. David’s edition of the complete Tallis Psalter was published by Novello in 2012 and was well reviewed, receiving 5 stars in Early Music Today. He is currently planning a further collaboration with the same publisher, entitled “The Gibbons Hymnal”. David has also worked with the King’s Singers on their latest recording of the Richfort Requiem, advising the group on the programming of the disc and writing the accompanying notes.

David is Fellow, Tutor, and Osborn Director of Music at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge where he teaches historical and practical topics from the medieval and renaissance periods. He directs the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, with whom he has toured and made highly acclaimed recordings. David is frequently invited to lecture, lead workshops and coach choirs throughout Europe and the USA, and is noted for his refreshing and entertaining approach. Most recently, he gave a lecture on Tallis’ life for Martin Randall Travel in Canterbury in November 2013. Further upcoming projects include media appearances on TV and radio, masterclasses and workshops including at the National Centre for Early Music, a US tour with Alamire including an appearance at the 2014 American Choral Directors’ Association conference and concerts in Indianapolis and Lubbock, and further tours with the Choir of Sidney Sussex College.