David Dewar is a professional conductor and organist/harpsichordist. He conducts Musica Vera, Schola of Wessex, and formerly Bath University Choir and Devizes Chamber Choir. He is a former Director of Music at the Parish and Civic Church of St Andrew, in Chippenham (2009 - 2016), and was Diocesan Music Adviser in Birmingham during the 1990s.
David studied conducting with George Hurst, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Robert Houlihan, and Denise Ham.
For over 30 years he has worked with numerous professional and amateur groups of all shapes and sizes in many fields of music making, including orchestral and choral concerts, music theatre and opera, church music, from small ensembles to full symphony orchestra and chorus. He has conducted many large-scale choral works including performances of pieces by Bach, Handel, Britten, Brahms, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Maxwell Davies, Raymond Warren, as well as purely orchestral works by Bach, Handel, Stamitz, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Elgar, Britten, Tippett, Ireland, Grieg, amongst others. David has worked as conductor, arranger, and music adviser for over 20 years on a diverse range of projects.
He is presently engaged on musicological research at the University of Bristol leading to a doctorate. The project concerns the interrelationships between professional and amateur musicians and musical institutions in Britain in the period 1900 to 1939. This is planned ultimately to form part of a larger research project
In October 2014 David was awarded the Licentiateship of the Royal School of Church Music having previously been awarded that institution's Advanced Diploma in 2013. He studied music at Canterbury Christ Church University from 2011 to 2014, and was awarded first class honours in his degree.