David Mackay is a conductor, composer, and singer, currently based in Canberra, Australia. He founded the Pocket Score Company with David Yardley in 2007, and founded Coro with Paul Eldon in 2012. He has worked as a conductor in Australia and the United Kingdom, including work with Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Chamber Choir, the Sydney Chamber Orchestra, Nova Camerata, and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.
He was the Music Director of the Oriana Chorale from 2010–2012, and was the founding Music Director of the Goodenough Chamber Orchestra, for whom he commissioned Kasper Cornish’s oratorio The Wanderer, a setting of poems by Australian poet Christopher Brennan.
In 2011, he travelled to Beijing as a guest of the International Festival Chorus to conduct Messiah. Also in that year, David was the recipient of a Canberra Critics Circle Award for Music, made for “his dedication to the pursuit of excellence with his ensemble, the Oriana Chorale, a group of amateur singers encompassing a diverse range of ages and vocal qualities to consistently present concerts of an exceptionally high standard”.
David is active as a composer, particularly of works for choir and solo voice. More information is available at David’s website.