David Hill

Composers

Biography

Born: May 13, 1957; Carlisle, England  
Though he began his career ostensibly as an organist, David Hill emerged as one of the most important English choral conductors from the turn-of-the-twenty first century era. Hill has also conducted orchestras, notably the Philharmonia and Bournemouth symphony orchestras, but it is his choral work, particularly with regard to the music of Spanish Renaissance composers and that of nineteenth and twentieth century English composers, that has Read more afforded him his greatest triumphs. Hill has made over 50 recordings, mostly for the Hyperion and Regis Records labels.

Hill was born in Carlisle, England, on May 13, 1957. He was a gifted child, studying organ at Chetham's Music School in Manchester, where at 14 he also developed an interest in conducting. At the Royal College of Organists three years later he was made a Fellow. He went on to study at St. John's, Cambridge, under George Guest. Other important teachers included Gillian Weir and Peter Hurford.

After his graduation from St. John's, Hill's career quickly advanced with a prestigious series of important posts: he served as sub-organist at Durham Cathedral (1980-1982), music director of the Alexandra Choir (1980-1987), master of music at Westminster Cathedral (1982), organist and master of music at Winchester Cathedral (1987-2002), and then music director of the Waynflete Singers (1987-2002).

A year before taking his Winchester and Waynflete posts, Hill was appointed associate conductor of the Philharmonia Chorus. Later he would serve as its artistic director until 1997. Amid all this activity Hill was busy in the recording studio, as well: his series of Victoria albums for Hyperion began to appear in 1983 with the release O Quam gloriosum, Hill leading the Westminster Choir. He continued to turn out recordings throughout the 1980s and '90s and into the new century, championing little-known works, as with the three volumes of Stanford choral pieces on Hyperion (1997), as well as repertory staples like Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli on the same label (1993).

Hill became music director at St. John's College, Cambridge, in 2003, and that same year donned his organist's cap when appeared as soloist on the Regis Records' CD Cathedral Organ Classics. In 2006 he was active as an organ recitalist, appearing throughout England, including at the International Organ Festival held in St. Alban's. Read less
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    Treasures Of The Spanish Renaissance / Hill, Westminster Cathedral
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55430 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alonso Lobo,  Sebastian de Vivanco,  Francisco Guerrero
    Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King,  James O'Donnell,  Andrew van der Beek
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
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    Gabriel Jackson: Airplane Cantata / Hill, Morgan, Lawson, BBC Singers
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 381 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Jackson
    Performer:  Rex Lawson,  Stephen Jeffes,  Charles Gibbs
    Conductor:  David Hill,  James Morgan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Singers
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    Howells: Stabat Mater  / Hill, Bach Choir
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 573176 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herbert Howells
    Performer:  Benjamin Hulett,  Alison Hill
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Blackford: Voices of Exile / Wyn-Rogers, Kunde, Finley, Hill, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6264 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Blackford
    Performer:  Gregory Kunde,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers,  Gerald Finley
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir,  New London Children's Choir,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Harrison Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 368 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harrison Birtwistle
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Philippa Davies,  Emma [Soprano Vocal] Tring,  Stephen Jeffes  ... 
    Conductor:  David Hill,  Nicholas Kok
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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    David Matthews: Symphony No. 7 Vespers
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7305 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Matthews
    Performer:  Katie Bray,  Matthew [Tenor Vocal] Long
    Conductor:  David Hill,  John Carewe
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    La Folie Americaine! - Dvorak, Gershwin, Bernstein, Barber, Copland, Glass, Adams
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564634485 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Philip Glass,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Hélène Grimaud,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  David Zinman,  John McGlinn,  Simon Rattle  ... 
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    Langlais: Missa Salve Regina, Etc / Hill, Westminster Choir
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55444 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Langlais
    Performer:  James O'Donnell,  Andrew Lumsden
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra Brass Ensemble
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    50 Best Chillout Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 332942 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Gregorio Allegri,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Juliette Hurel,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Handford,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Stephen Cleobury,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Ahn Trio,  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic  ... 
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    Blackford: Mirror Of Perfection & Choral Anthems / Blackford, Hill, Huang, Skovhus, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6205 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Blackford
    Performer:  Ying Huang,  Bo Skovhus,  Olivia Robinson,  Iain Farrington
    Conductor:  Richard Blackford,  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers,  Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
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    Tallis: Missa Salve Intemerata / David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55400 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Philip Scriven
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
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    Essential Choral
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234422 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Robert Tear,  Heather Harper,  Peter Barley  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir David Willcocks,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
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    A Year With Jesus
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2667 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Francis Poulenc,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Jacques Neilz,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Harry Christophers,  David Hill  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Choir,  The Sixteen,  Seminario Musicale  ... 
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    Faure: Requiem; Villette, Roger-Ducasse: Motets / Argenta, Keenlyside, Bournemouth Sinfonietta
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 322872 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Pierre Villette,  Jean Roger-Ducasse
    Performer:  Stephen Farr,  Kenan Burrows
    Conductor:  David Hill
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    Mccabe: Visions / David Hill, Bbc Singers
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573053 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John McCabe
    Performer:  Iain Farrington
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Singers
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    Stanford: Sacred Choral Music / David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44311 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
    Performer:  Stephen Farr,  Christopher Monks
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
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    Sacred Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2646 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump,  David Thomas,  Emma Kirkby,  Véronique Gens  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Andrew Parrott,  Philip Ledger,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort  ... 
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    Delius: A Mass of Life, Idyll / Opie, Hill
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572861 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Janice Watson,  Alan Opie,  Andrew Kennedy,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Bach Choir
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    Byrd: Mass For Five Voices, Etc / Winchester Cathedral Choir
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55348 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
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    The Decca Sound - Highlights
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620002 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Béla Bartók,  Benjamin Britten,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Franco Capuana,  István Kertész,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Praetorius: Christmas Music / David Hill, Westminster
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55446 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir,  Parley of Instruments
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    Victoria: Missa Vidi Speciosam / Westminster Cathedral Choir
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55358 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomás Luis de Victoria
    Performer:  James O'Donnell
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
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    Mozart: Best Loved Adagios
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 84029 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer,  Naoko Yoshino,  Samuel Coles  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  John Nelson,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Louis Langrée  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Ensemble instrumental de Genève
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    Noel!: Choral Music For Christmas
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1232 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  John Jacob Niles,  John Joubert,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  David Dunnett,  Benedict Hymas,  Alison Hill
    Conductor:  David Hill
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4764412 Release Date: 04/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles H. Parry
    Performer:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield,  David Flood,  Robert Tear,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Conductor:  David Hill,  Allan Wicks
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Biography

Born: May 13, 1957; Carlisle, England  
Though he began his career ostensibly as an organist, David Hill emerged as one of the most important English choral conductors from the turn-of-the-twenty first century era. Hill has also conducted orchestras, notably the Philharmonia and Bournemouth symphony orchestras, but it is his choral work, particularly with regard to the music of Spanish Renaissance composers and that of nineteenth and twentieth century English composers, that has Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Stabat mater dolorosa
Cujus animam gementem
Quis est homo?
Eia, mater
Sancta mater -
Fac ut portem -
Christe, cum sit hunc exire
Part I: O Du mein Wille! (Chorus)
Part I: Erhebt eure Herzen (Baritone)
Part I: In dein Auge schaute ich jungst (Chorus, Tenor, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone)
Part I: Wehe mir! (Baritone, Chorus)
Part I: Nacht ist es (Chorus, Baritone)
Part II: Auf den Bergen -
Part II: Herauf! nun herauf (Chorus, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor)
Part II: Susse Leier! (Baritone)
Prelude -
Prelude -
Idyll: Once I passed through a populous city (Baritone, Soprano)
Agnus Dei
Beat! Beat! Drums!
Reconciliation
Dirge for 2 Veterans
The Angel of Death has been abroad
O Man Greatly Beloved
I was in the Spirit
And I saw Heaven opened
And I saw an Angel standing in the Sun
Babylon the great is fallen
Rejoice over her O Heavens
And I saw a new Heaven
Therefore are they before the throne of God
And I saw a pure river
Holy, Holy, Holy
Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory
Requiem Op. 48: I. Introït et Kyrie
Requiem Op. 48: II. Offertoire
Requiem Op. 48: III. Sanctus
Requiem Op. 48: IV. Pie Jesu
Requiem Op. 48: V. Agnus Dei
Requiem Op. 48: VI. Libera me
Requiem Op. 48: VII. In Paradisum
3 Motets pour soprano solo, cheour à 4 voix mixtes et orgue: Regina coeli laetare
3 Motets pour soprano solo, cheour à 4 voix mixtes et orgue: Crux fidelis
3 Motets pour soprano solo, cheour à 4 voix mixtes et orgue: Alma redemptoris
I. Intrada
II. Rhapsody
III. The Rapture
IV. Wonder
V. The Salutation
I. Introduction
II. Aria: His golden locks
Andante sostenuto
There was a time when meadow, grove and stream
The Rainbow comes and goes
Now, while the birds thus sing a joyous song
Ye blessed Creatures, I have heard the call
Oh evil day! If I were sullen
But there's a Tree, of many, one
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting
Earth fills her lap with pleasures of her own
Oh joy! That in our embers
But for those first affections
Then sing, ye Birds, sing, sing a joyous song!
And O, ye Fountains, Meadows, Hills and Groves
Delightful Goddess, in whose fashionings
Changed is the age; mysterious, man's next star
How came you, lady of fierce martyrdom
How smilingly the saint among her friends
Wherefore we bid you to the full concent
Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
Carmina Burana: O Fortune plango vulnera
Carmina Burana: Veris leta facies
Carmina Burana: Omnia sol temperat
Carmina Burana: Ecce gratum
Carmina Burana: Tanz
Carmina Burana: Floret silva
Carmina Burana: Chramer, gip die varwe mir
Carmina Burana: Reie - Swaz hie gat umbe - Chume, chum geselle min - Swaz hie gat umbe
Carmina Burana: Were diu werlt alle min
Carmina Burana: Estuans interius
Carmina Burana: Olim lacus colueram
Carmina Burana: Ego sum abbas
Carmina Burana: In taberna quando sumus
Carmina Burana: Amor volat undique
Carmina Burana: Dies, nox et omnia
Carmina Burana: Stetit puella
Carmina Burana: Circa mea pectora
Carmina Burana: Si puer cum puellula
Carmina Burana: Veni, veni, venias
Carmina Burana: In trutina
Carmina Burana: Tempus est iocundum
Carmina Burana: Dulcissime
Carmina Burana: Ave formosissima
Carmina Burana: O Fortuna