David Russell Hulme’s busy conducting career has taken him to major venues throughout Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, with appearances as far-flung as the Royal Canada Opera, Christchurch Festival (New Zealand) and Buxton International G&S Festival, where he recently conducted a rare professional revival of Princess Ida and a hit production of another rarity, The Arcadians. He has worked regularly with the renowned Carl Rosa Opera Company, the world’s foremost English-language operetta company, and in 2001 toured Australia and New Zealand, conducting the State Orchestra of Victoria, the Auckland Philharmonia and the Sydney Opera House Orchestra, followed by tours of the United States and Canada in 2004 and 2006.
A native of Machynlleth, David studied music at UCW Aberystwyth under Ian Parrott, and conducting with the legendary Sir Adrian Boult. Gaining MA and PhD degrees for his research into British music, he has published extensively, including articles for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the BBC Proms. Described in Opera as ‘our leading authority on Sullivan’s manuscripts’, he has been closely involved in productions by leading opera companies including WNO, ENO, New Sadler’s Wells and D’Oyly Carte. He edited Sullivan’s music and was an adviser for Mike Leigh’s Oscar-winning film Topsy-Turvy. His ground-breaking, critically-acclaimed edition of Ruddigore, published by Oxford University Press, was recently staged by Opera North. He is currently working on OUP’s new edition of The Yeomen of the Guard. Other editing for OUP ranges from Haydn’s Paukenmesse to Walton’s Second Symphony.
David attracts much attention and praise for programming neglected British music, bringing alive his scholarly interests through performance – as with The Anglo-Welsh composer Edward German. An authority on German’s music, he also regularly conducts it at events such as Shropshire’s Edward German Music Festivals. He also recently conducted the composer’s light opera Tom Jones with a cast of international soloists for Naxos Records. Reaching No. 3 in the classical charts, it was twice chosen as a Recording of the Year, attracting outstanding critical praise.
Many of his reconstructions are orchestrations are performed and recorded by leading opera companies and orchestras. Recently David’s work was featured on Friday Night is Music Night and last November the BBC Symphony Orchestra premiered his orchestration of a film score by Neil Brand.
In 2012 he received the Glyndŵr Award from the Tabernacl Trust for his ‘outstanding contribution to the arts in Wales’. A Reader at Aberystwyth University and FRSA, Dr Hulme returned as the University’s first Director of Music in 1992 and is well-known locally as conductor of Aberystwyth Choral Society and The University Singers (Choral Union) as well as Philomusica.
David is custodian of 'The Edward German Archive', an extensive collection of the composers' manuscripts, papers and memorabilia. He is also a Vice President of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society.