Chester Philharmonic Orchestra

David Chatwin

David Chatwin first conducted the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991 and became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser in 2002.

He studied conducting at the Royal College of Music with Harvey Phillips and Vernon Handley, and attended courses with Sir Adrian Boult and George Hurst.

During his time in London, David conducted orchestras in Chelsea and Kensington, and in 1970 initiated the First Performance of Arnold Bax’s earliest work, Cathleen Ni Hoolihan. More recently he has premiered 5 works by living composers.

David has conducted the BBC Philharmonic Wind Ensemble and coached several youth orchestras, including the National Youth of Great Britain and the Queensland Youth Orchestra.

In addition to his Chester Philharmonic work he has conducted orchestras in Birmingham, Oldham, Sheffield and York, and has future engagements with orchestras in Kendal and Blackburn.

David has been Principal Bassoon with the BBC Philharmonic since 1972, working with many of the greatest conductors and soloists of our times. His playing career has included over 30 foreign tours, 150 CDs and 36 seasons at The Royal Albert Hall Proms. He had the honour of representing the BBC Philharmonic in a World Chamber Orchestra with players from the Berlin, Vienna, New York and London Philharmonic Orchestras amongst many others.

In 1978 David joined the teaching staff at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he has been involved with ensemble work and individual tuition. Many of his bassoon pupils now enjoy successful careers of their own.

David lives with his wife Rachel in their converted Methodist chapel in the Peak District.