Staff Profile


Dr David Allinson

Academic Sessional

School: Academic Sessional

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 923744

Profile summary

Based in the School of Music and Performing Arts on the North Holmes Road campus, Canterbury, my role as Director of Music extends across the whole University. I took up this post in September 2013.

I am a choral specialist, with a wide professional experience as a conductor and singer. I have devised and conducted numerous concerts, CD recordings and broadcasts, and have an international profiled as a leader of specialist choral courses. I maintain an active performing life.

A chief joy of my role here at Canterbury lies in conducting the Chamber Choir and Chorus - sometimes the Symphony Orchestra, too - in services, ceremonies and concerts, many of which happen in the cathedral.

I organise the public concert and masterclass programme for the University, and my mission is to encourage and facilitate the highest standards of musicmaking while opening performing and listening opportunities to all - students, staff and community.

I currently teach on the BMus performance course, also undertaking some lecturing in music history and conducting.

My research focuses primarily on the sacred music of sixteenth century, especially on the period of Reformation and so-called Counter-Reformation. I have a deep love for Tudor music, from Eton Choirbook to Byrd, and am fascinated by the context - the devotional and aesthetic aspects of the music - as much as by its structure and sound. I also love the music of Victoria with an almost irrational passion.

Before coming to Christ Church I was Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol, where I lectured in history, aesthetics, editing, harmony at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I was also ran the public concerts and masterclasses programme, and conducted the Bristol University Singers with David Bednall.

Before working at Bristol University I held lecturing posts at Oxford colleges including Jesus, Lincoln and Christ Church.

External activities

Musical Director, The Renaissance Singers (London)

Vice President, Southern Early Music Forum


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