David Meacock

David Meacock was born in Essex in 1966 and his family moved to Chalfont St Peter in Buckinghamshire when he was three. He started learning the piano at the age of six with the late Iris du Pré, mother of the world-famous cellist. Other teachers have included Eric Hope, Kendall Taylor, Philip Fowke, Jonathan Dunsby and Charles Proctor, a “grand pupil” of Liszt. At Reading University he received 100% marks for his final recital of his Master of Music degree. At the Royal College of Music he was the first student in the College’s history to conduct a Mozart pianoforte concerto from the keyboard. David has also been a finalist of national competitions as solo pianist, accompanist, orchestral conductor and choral conductor. He has played abroad and in London venues such as St John’s, Smith Square and St James’, Piccadilly. In Switzerland he was favourably compared with the “Maestro of pianists, Maurizio Pollini” and he has also been compared with Josef Lhévinne, the famous virtuoso who was a contemporary of Rachmaninov.

David also conducts the Beaconsfield-based A40 Choir. Highlights have included a Classic F.M. broadcast and last season’s premières of his recently reduced orchestrations of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (shortly to be published by Novello) and Verdi’s Requiem. On 16th December the A40 Choir will make their South Bank début in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. David has played large scale concertos with the A40 Orchestra in the first halves of concerts, going on to conduct equally demanding symphonies in the second halves. In the first of these concerts Rachmaninov’s Pianoforte Concerto No.3 was paired with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 (Pathetique). This resulted in his becoming a Steinway Artist. At the end of last year the A40 Orchestra and A40 Choir were nominated as a Classic F.M. “Team of the Week” for their success in bringing popular classical music to the local community. Just after Easter David was the only English participant in a conducting seminar led by Michael Tilson Thomas in Florida, U.S.A.

November 2000