Musical Director and Accompanist

Musical Director

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David Temple MBE

In 2018 David Temple was awarded the MBE for services to music. He has been Musical Director of Hertfordshire Chorus since September 2000. Under his direction the Chorus has performed a wide range of music, including several world premières including Roland Perrin songs from the cage, Howard Haigh’s Land of Light, Orlando Gough’s Ice, Will Todd’s Mass in Blue (which has been one of the most successful choral commissions in recent years, with over 200 performances) and Ode to a Nightingale, and James McCarthy’s Codebreaker and One Giant Leap.   The most recent commission was Shruthi Rajasekar’s Sarojini in 2022.  David has also recorded both James McCarthy’s Codebreaker and Will Todd’s Ode to a Nightingale with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Signum Records.  He has also recently completed the recording of the ensemble version of Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man.

David’s musical life began when he joined the London Philharmonic Choir as a tenor in 1972, where he performed with many great conductors, including Boult, Stokowski, Solti, Haitink, Tennstedt, Barenboim, Giulini and Rattle. David developed a passion for music that has driven him ever since. He co-founded Crouch End Festival Chorus (CEFC) in 1984. He remains its musical director.

David’s work with CEFC includes: Mahler’s 8th Symphony to a sell-out Royal Festival Hall (a joint concert with Hertfordshire Chorus) and John Adams’s Harmonium in the presence of the composer. Recording work includes the successful Bach’s St John Passion (in English) with Chandos Records. Recent film work included A Cure for Wellness and Loving Vincent. He also directed the chorus on the soundtracks for the Elton John biopic  Rocketman, Good Omens and The Crown. He regularly appears as chorus master at the BBC Proms, preparing choirs for Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, François-Xavier Roth, Edward Gardner and Jiří Bělohlávek.  In 2019, he made his conducting debut at the Proms in John Luther Adams’s In the Name of the Earth.

David’s collaborations with the pop and rock worlds include conducting on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury with Ray Davies and touring with him in the United States – and most recently at the 2017 Proms in the Park. David was the UK chorus master for the late Ennio Morricone from 2001 – 2018 and also for Andrea Bocelli since 2000. He has also worked with Noel Gallagher (High Flying Birds CD, and UK and Ireland Arena Tour), including Hertfordshire Chorus. He also works regularly with Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman and most recently with Joe Hisaishi. In the pop and rock world, David has also worked with Muse, Take That, Procol Harum and Oasis.

Accompanist

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Photograph courtesy of Glyn Davies

RUFUS FROWDE

A freelance conductor, organist, pianist and composer, Rufus Frowde was Organist and Assistant Director at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace from 2003 – 2023 as well as a long-serving Musical Director of Surrey Youth Choir. He became Artistic Director of The English Chamber Choir in January 2024. He also holds conducting posts with VIVAMUS Chamber Choir, Dacorum Community Choir (founder) and Hertfordshire Music Service (most notably as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Schools’ Galas at the Royal Albert Hall since 2014).

Rufus studied music as an Organ Scholar at Merton College, Oxford University. He subsequently became Organ Scholar of Worcester Cathedral and undertook prize-winning postgraduate study in Choral Direction and Church Music at the Royal Academy of Music. 

Rufus has always maintained a versatile approach to music-making, seeking to ensure that barriers to quality music-making are overcome. As such, alongside his work as a professional musician, he nurtures the music at his local primary school (Samuel Lucas JMI School, Hitchin) as well as working as an animateur for the Chorister Outreach Project at St Albans Cathedral.

Rufus’ performances have included numerous UK cathedrals, Westminster Abbey, La Madeleine (Paris), Kaunas Cathedral, St Thomas’s Leipzig, St Paul’s Basilica (Rome), Cologne Cathedral, Haarlem Cathedral and Longwood Gardens (Pennsylvania). He has worked with musicians and performers including Emma Johnson, Crispian Steele Perkins, Kiri te Kanawa, José Carreras, Ian McMillan and Michael Rosen. He works with numerous orchestras as a guest conductor including The Hanover Band, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Southbank Sinfonia and the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists in collaboration with his choirs.

Rufus appears as a conductor, organist and composer on the Signum Classics, Resonus Classics, Diversions and Divine Art record labels and his work is frequently broadcast on national radio and television. Rufus was awarded Her Majesty’s Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals as well as a 2023 Coronation Medal.

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