David Banney – Conductor & Artistic Director
A past winner of the ABC Young Conductor of the Year Award, David has conducted many of Australia’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including the Queensland Symphony, the Queensland Philharmonic, the West Australian Symphony, the Canberra Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony and Opera Queensland. In 2009 David became the founding Director of Newcastle’s Christ Church Camerata, with whom he has given many concerts and released two CD recordings. From 1999 to 2005 David was the conductor of the European Medical Students orchestra, and has conducted leading youth orchestras in Australia, including the Queensland Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. David’s teachers have included Patricia Pollett (viola) and Vernon Handley (conducting). As a violist David is a member of the Christ Church Camerata String Quartet, with whom his performances have included a direct broadcast on ABC Classic FM, and concerts with pianist Roger Woodward. David’s compositions include orchestral, choral and chamber music. David’s deep interest in children’s music education was inspired by meeting Géza Szilvay, the great Hungarian violin pedagogue and creator of the Colourstrings curriculum. He has spoken at numerous conferences on the subject of music education, and is a lecturer in musicianship, conducting and violin pedagogy for the Australian Kodály Certificate. David enjoys a high profile as a public music educator, particularly through his radio program ‘Banney’s Baton Banter’, a weekly musical discussion on Newcastle’s ABC1233.