David Smith


David Smith enjoys working with a number of ensembles in London, and is currently Music Director of South East London Orchestra and City of London Symphonic Winds.

Equally at home with orchestras and wind orchestras, David is passionate about conducting contemporary music alongside the more recent 20th-century music and the great masterpieces of the classical repertoire. Highlights from the 2015/16 season include his first performances of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

David is a regular guest conductor with London Repertoire Orchestra and has worked as guest conductor with many orchestras across the south of England and in London. As an instrumentalist David has extensive experience as an orchestral trombonist and timpanist, with rare forays into the world of the double bass.

David read Music and a Masters in Musicology at the University of Southampton, where his tutors included David Owen Norris and Michael Finnissy. He studies conducting with Robin Browning, and previously studied with Denise Ham.

When not conducting, David is a senior manager at ABRSM (the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music), overseeing all of the work of their grade examiners. Away from all this, he supports the England cricket team, bakes strictly to the recipe, and enjoys debating fine details with his three-year old son.