I am pleased to have a wide variety of activities as part of my career as a freelance musician. I am Chorus Master of Belfast Philharmonic Choir, Musical Director of The Garleton Singers and, most recently, was appointed Musical Director of Edinburgh Bach Choir. Loving all things keyboard, I play harpsichord/organ continuo (including reading from Figured Bass) and orchestral piano with all the Scottish Orchestras as well as the Ulster Orchestra. I am a former Accompanist of both Belfast Philharmonic Choir and the National Youth Choirs of Scotland and Violin & Piano recitals have been a regular feature of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in recent years.
My organ recitals frequently feature an eclectic mix of music from early English and German composers such as Gibbons and Buxtehude through the romantic works of Mendelssohn and Liszt to music from the 20th century including Hindemith, Messiaen and Leighton. You can hear recent performances here.
I am also in demand as an Arranger and Orchestrator. My "highly excellent arrangements" * have been commissioned and performed by many leading organisations including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Children's Classic Concerts and the Ulster Orchestra. Over the years it has been my pleasure to undertake commissions from the BBC, including works for Proms in the Park and the launch of BBC Alba. Not content to stay within my comfort zone, I have also been involved in a number of Folk/Classical crossover projects, most recently in collaboration with the award-winning folk band Dallahan. Please do have a listen to some of my arrangements here.
Recent collaborations with composer and pianist Christopher Norton have given rise to two publications of my arrangements from his popular Connections series for Piano Duet.
And last but by no means least- and not surprisingly- my long association with choral music has inspired a number of new compositions and arrangements for choir, within both the sacred and secular medium.
If you would like to hire or purchase any of my work, a portfolio of my pieces is available 'here' and don’t forget to check regularly for additional material as my portfolio is growing all the time.
Finally, in addition to the above I am
an Examiner for the Associated Board
of the Royal Schools of Music.
If you would to contact me about any
of the above, please click here.
* David Byers,
former Chief Executive, Ulster Orchestra