Workshop Leader

David Firman is an orchestral conductor, TV and theatre musical director, composer, arranger and orchestrator. He conducted the original West End productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Singin’ in the Rain, La Cage Aux Folles, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Pirates Of Penzance, and the recent revival of Carousel.

David was arranger/orchestrator on the West End productions of My One And Only, Metropolis, Enter the Guardsman, and Good Fun at the Sheffield Crucible, where he first met that show’s playwright and composer, Victoria Wood.  For her he arranged and musically directed 3 BAFTA award-winning series: Victoria Wood as Seen on T.V., Dinner Ladies and Christmas with All the Trimmings.  He developed studio experience as a session recording keyboard player, performing on the soundtracks of Return Of The Jedi, the Superman series and Basic Instinct, along with television recordings for Carl Davis, Nigel Hess and Jim Parker.

He conducts orchestras worldwide, including the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic, and further afield the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the Royal Kapel Copenhagen, the Chinese Philharmonic, Danish Sinfonietta, Aarhus Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Aalborg Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife,Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, and Bangkok Symphony.

David has a growing portfolio of commissions as composer in his own right, including a specially composed piece for Royal Danish Ballet.  Recently he has conducted performances of soundtracks live to big screen film presentations - Fantasia (which includes the Firebird, Beethoven 5th and 6th Symphonies, and the Sorcerer's Apprentice), Pirates of the Caribbean, Titanic, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and the world premiere of Frozen at the Royal Albert Hall - with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and orchestras in Barcelona and Antwerp. He studied at Trinity College London, and graduated in English and Music from Magdalene College Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar, and Musical Director of Footlights.


Supported by Mercury Musical Developments


Supported by the PRS for Music Foundation


Supported by the Noel Coward Foundation


supported by the Binks Trust


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