David Calow was born and educated in Leicestershire, receiving his early musical training from the Leicestershire School of Music. He played flute and piccolo in The National Youth Wind Orchestra from 1978-84, under the baton of Harry Legge, a renowned expert on the Symphonic Band repertoire. David is now Creative Director of CalowCraddock design and Illustration studio in Leicester. On returning to Leicester after college, David founded the wind ensemble ‘Musicamici’, which he has conducted for 30 years.
David now divides his musical life between conducting, teaching the flute and playing flute and piccolo with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra, Rutland Sinfonia.
In 2007 David was appointed Associate Conductor of the Rutland Sinfonia. He has continued with Music Director Paul Hilliam, to develop the adventurous concert programming for the Sinfonia with performances of the rarely heard Horn Concerto by Franz Strauss, a Scandinavian programme featuring Nielsen for the first time and a completed version of Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony by Professor Brian Newbould. The 35th Anniversary Season saw David conduct the East Midlands premiere of Prof. Newbould’s realisation of Schubert’s seventh symphony, in 2012 the Tuba Concerto by Vaughan Williams and in 2013 a rare performance of an authentic 19th century version of Mendelssohn’s E minor Violin Concerto in an arrangement for flute. This season’s Piano at the Movies concert follows on the heels of the highly successful Magic of the Musicals ventures over the last two years which presented the best of the Broadway and West End blockbusters to large and enthusiastic audiences in Oakham.
In 1995 David was appointed Music Director of the I.D.O.L.S Operatic Group in Leicester for their Little Theatre production of South Pacific. Over the following ten years he directed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Oklahoma!, The King and I, Guys & Dolls, Mack and Mabel, Anything Goes and Kiss Me Kate. David also worked with the production team and cast on 3 original shows and the critically acclaimed Little Theatre premiere of The Best Little Whore House in Texas. He has also directed full productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell.
David became Music Director and Conductor of the Bardi Wind Orchestra in 1996. The Wind Orchestra now has an enviable reputation performing at major fund raising gala concerts each year at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. This year the Wind Orchestra also performed to great acclaim at the first ever Bradgate Park Prom concert. Recent years have also seen David increasingly in demand as a conductor elsewhere working with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra wind and brass, Warwick Orchestral Winds and The University of Leicester Orchestra and Wind Band.
David was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Clarendon Park Orchestra in January 2015 and is enjoying working with and encouraging an enthusiastic group of local musicians.