David Skinner

David Skinner

‘There’s both freshness and fire in these accounts, Skinner underscoring the music’s dramatic and madrigalian qualities'
BBC Music Magazine


David Skinner divides his time between choral directing, teaching and research, and is Osborn Director of Music at Sidney Sussex College. He cofounded 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 and the King ’s Singers. David’s multi-awardwinning professional ensemble, Alamire (www.alamire.co.uk), was founded in 2005 as an extension to his research and performance activities.

An engaging presenter, David has appeared in and writ ten a variety of shows on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and acted as music advisor for the Music and Monarchy series on BBC 2 with historian David Starkey. He has published widely on music and musicians of early Tudor England and has produced a number of critically acclaimed performing editions. The Choir’s repertoire is shaped to a degree by David's academic in terests, and the weekly Latin Vespers service (unique among Oxbridge choirs) often show cases e xciting recent rediscoveries of early music.

David’s 2015 edition of The Tallis Psalter was dedicated to the Choir, while he most recently curated a volume of essays on Tallis’s life and music for the journal Early Music (OUP). Current projects include an edition of Tallis’s early Latin works for Early English Church Music (Stainer & Bell), and an historical introduction to a facsimile of MS 1070 (Anne Boleyn’s Songbook) in the Royal College of Music, London.


Byrd 1588: Psalmes, Sonets & songs of sadnes & and pietie
Alamire Grace Davidson (soprano) Martha McLorinan (mezzo-soprano) Nicholas Todd (tenor) F..
Hieronymus Praetorius: Motets in 8, 10, 12, 16 & 20 Parts (Inventa Records)
Alamire His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts Stephen Farr (organ) David Skinner (director) ..
Jacquet's Ghost: Stephen Farr at Trinity College Cambridge
Stephen Farr The Metzler Organ of Trinity College, Cambridge Following on from his acclaim..
John Sheppard: Media vita in morte sumus
Alamire David Skinner (director) When the Renaissance composer John Sheppard (c.1515-1558)..
Polyphonia in Excelsis: Sacred Music by Claudio Dall'Albero
The Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge & David Skinner (director) The celebrated Cho..
Sanctifica nos: Choral and Instrumental Music by Joanna Marsh
The Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge Fretwork Martin Baker (organ) Andrew Arthur (..
The Virtuoso Organist: Tudor and Jacobean Masterworks
Stephen Farr (organ) with The Gentlemen of the Choir of Sidney Sussex College directed by David S..

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