David Jackson's Story
David’s Fellowship was designed to complement his career as a repetiteur; to enhance his rehearsal skills and help in correct language pronunciations and performance techniques for operatic productions.
Having completed his training as an opera coach at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, David undertook a six week Churchill Fellowship in 2007. He wanted to observe rehearsals at opera festivals in Italy and Germany, and meet musicians and coaches for renowned European productions.
David studied the creation of productions in their spiritual homes - Wagner in Bayreuth and Puccini in Torre del Lago. This opportunity led him to continue to work as an opera coach and assistant conductor for productions throughout Europe.
David is now based in Paris and has founded Ensemble 1904, a chamber ensemble specifically dedicated to promoting British music from the twentieth century. With a rich and varied repertoire rarely performed abroad, David saw a necessity to promote this repertoire through researching links between British and French cultural history. As such, the year 1904 was chosen for the ensemble's name in order to highlight the year France and Britain signed the Entente Cordiale.
Earlier this year David and Ensemble 1904 were invited to perform by the Fondation Charles de Gaulle to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Churchill – de Gaulle at the prestigious Hotel National des Invalides. The concert, attended by both Churchill and de Gaulle family members and the British Ambassador to France, was based around a rarely performed work by Sir Edward Elgar, Une voix dans le désert. Originally written for narrator and soprano, David rewrote the work to feature the spoken text of Winston Churchill around a speech he gave in French over the radio after the fall of France in 1940. Ensemble 1904 are currently finalising plans to tour the concert in Britain in November 2015. It was due to his Fellowship that David was given this opportunity to celebrate the life of Winston Churchill in this anniversary year, and promote the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and British culture abroad.
David is dedicated to developing and reinventing international cultural connections. He currently works as a vocal coach at the Conservatoire de Versailles and the Maîtrise de Nôtre-Dame de Paris, and continues to compose music for theatre productions and opera.