Under the baton of conductor David Smith, City of London Symphonic Winds are to perform Nigel’s epic wind orchestra work `Mata Hari’ on 20 November in St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London.David Smith is a conductor with a flair for creating enjoyable, interesting and sometimes unexpected programmes. He is Music Director and co-founder of 4strings, a group designed to explore the exciting and sometimes unfamiliar world of string orchestra repertoire. He is also Music Director of Barnes Concert Band, an ensemble that gives a wide range of performances throughout the year, from community events to formal concerts.
He regularly conducts London Repertoire Orchestra, a weekly rehearsal orchestra, and has worked as Guest Conductor with many orchestras across the south of England and London, including the City of Southampton Orchestra and Kew Wind Orchestra. He also served as Assistant Conductor for two courses with The Rehearsal Orchestra.
David studied Music and then Musicology at the University of Southampton, where his tutors included the pianist David Owen Norris and composers Michael Zev Gordon and Michael Finnissy. He was the founding Music Director of Southampton University Symphonic Wind Orchestra (2001-04) and conducted every instrumental ensemble at the institution during his time there. His conducting tutors include Robin Browning and Denise Ham. Alongside his conducting career and occasional trombone playing, David works as a marketing executive in the classical music industry.