Our Director

David Sangster is the Master Director of Forth Valley Chorus and has directed us since June 2005. He has transformed our repertoire, arranging many of our songs and has lead us to win gold medals in regional competition in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018!FVC UH_0731 copy

 

David has an extremely musical background and has loved harmony for as long as he can remember. His first direct contact with Barbershop was when his wife, Linda Carson, joined Forth Valley. Through friends in the chorus, their husbands and their sons, he was invited to join his first quartet and quickly fell in love with close harmony singing and the barbershop style.

 

He attended the Sweet Adelines International Convention in Reno in 1994 and was blown away by the top choruses and quartets. He made a point of attending various master classes and workshops and began absorbing furiously.

 

In 1995 he coached Forth Valley quartet Sound Sensation in preparation for their win at the 1995 UK Convention and travelled with them to New Orleans for the International Convention. He has been coaching various quartets ever since and has arranged many songs for both his own quartets and female quartets as well as eight part work for both.

 

In addition to his involvement in the world of Barbershop, David is a pianist and has a Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (for piano teaching and performance). He studied music at Aberdeen University and played viola in the orchestra and string ensemble as well as singing in the choir.

 

He has attended the Headington Music School near Oxford and received master classes in both singing (solo and choral) and piano accompaniment and has worked with many singers (as accompanist) in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St Giles at 6 series, Peebles Arts Festival and others as well as teaching piano in his "spare" time.

 

He has some experience of the traditional Scottish music scene having played for some years in a tourist show in Edinburgh's Royal Mile. He gained a feel for jazz and swing when singing backing vocals with Edinburgh-based jazz singer Edith Budge.

 

David is a full time solicitor and lives in Edinburgh with Linda and their two children.

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