About David


David Thorne is an accomplished Musician, Composer, Arranger and Teacher whose career has included composing and arranging music for the visit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and performing in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

He has been a regular contributor to Television and Radio making his first appearance on the BBC’s World Service at the age of 15 accompanying Exeter Cathedral Choir. He  directed the choir and congregation on ITV’s “Dial a Hymn” from Portsmouth Cathedral  in 1989 and has been a regular contributor on Radio 4’s “Daily Service” and “Sunday Half Hour” for many years.

David is widely recognised for his composing and arranging skills and has recently composed a number of pieces for Oxford University Press in the series ‘Hymn Settings for Organists’.  His Mass of St. Thomas is performed in churches throughout the United Kingdom and further afield.  In 2009, David composed a sequel, the Trinity Mass. As well as composing, David is an accomplished Organist having played and directed in both  Portsmouth Cathedrals over a span of 30 years. He has also directed and accompanied professional and amateur groups and is currently accompanist for the South London Singers in Beckenham.

1975 – 1990 Various performances at the City of Portsmouth Boys’ School where David was Director of Music. One of the many highlights was conducting the School’s production of Guys’ and Dolls.

1990 – 2004 – Concerts with the Portsmouth Grammar School where David was a member of the Music Department, Director of the Swing Band and Middle School Orchestra, and accompanist for various choral and orchestral groups. David toured France, Spain, Italy and Austria with School ensembles

1978 – 1999 – Engagement at Portsmouth’s Anglican Cathedral as Assistant Organist, including conducting large scale services and organising large-scale services which took place during the period when the Nave of Portsmouth’s Anglican Cathedral was consecrated in 1991.

2000 – 2007 – Engagement at Portsmouth’s Catholic Cathedral as Director of Music, including playing, arranging and directing the music on the occasion of the visit of the Archbishop of Westminster to the Cathedral in 2001

2007 onwards – David Thorne Music