Studio Symphony Orchestra

Principal Conductor

Principal Conductor, David Openshaw

David Openshaw

David Openshaw came to Northern Ireland as Principal Timpanist with the Ulster Orchestra in 1972.  Shortly afterwards, on the retirement of  Dr Havelock Nelson, he took over as Principal Conductor of the Studio Symphony Orchestra.  He has always tried to follow the example Havelock set in bringing both new and relatively unknown works, and indeed young and upcoming soloists, to the attention of Northern Ireland audiences.

Northern Ireland premières have included the 6th, 11th and 12th Symphonies of Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams' Symphonies No.2, the London, and No.7, the Antartica, Beethoven’s complete Incidental Music to Egmont, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, and Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 “The Organ”.  David is now the Studio Symphony Orchestra’s longest serving conductor.

Following the success of his Verdi Requiem performance, he hopes that in the future he can bring before his audience more major choral works, such as the Grande Messe des Morts of Berlioz, or if not that huge masterpiece, then perhaps the Te Deum.

David was awarded the MBE for services to music in the 2018 New Year Honours list.