B i o g r a p h y
I am a classical tenor from Yorkshire now based in London. I am available to hire for concerts, opera, recitals, choral deputising and as entertainment for private functions. I studied music at the University of Birmingham where I majored in vocal performance, graduating in 2016, and since then I have worked as a freelance tenor, teacher and conductor. I am a Choral Scholar with the Oxford Bach Soloists and a Fellow with the National Youth Choir for 2019-20.
I have performed the roles of Luiz in the Gondoliers and Leonard in the Yeomen of the Guard with the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company on a UK tour, and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Harry Benn in the Boatswain's Mate and Camille in the Merry Widow with St Albans Chamber Opera. I am a member of Forbear! Theatre and recently performed with them in as Tolloller in Iolanthe and the Duke in Patience at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate.
I am a regular recitalist and concert singer, having performed with many renowned pianists, choral societies, orchestras and conductors on several diverse projects.
In recital I have performed Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad and Finzi's Let Us Garlands Bring with pianist George Ireland, Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin with pianist Julian Saphir and Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings on a tour of the North of England with the Vacation Chamber Orchestra.
My oratorio work includes the tenor solos in Handel's Messiah (Nidderdale Messiah), Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb (East London Chorus), Stainer's Crucifixion (St Robert's Church) and Maunder's Olivet to Calvary, (St Robert's Church).
I was a Choral Scholar at St-Martin-In-The-Fields for 2018-19 and at Croydon Minster for 2017-18, I frequently deputise for choirs in and around London and I can bump tenor sections for choral societies.
I often collaborate with soprano Bryony Burnham (www.bryonyburnham.com) and we offer a joint entertainment package for private functions that can be tailored to suit whatever is required.
"Tenor David Woods opened the oratorio in clear ringing tones...and sang with quiet assurance and conviction."