David Watkin-Holmes

Samling Artist Programme: 1998

David Watkin-Holmes is a professional tenor vocalist and sang with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain before studying music performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he was also awarded the St Clare Barfield Rose Bowl for Operatic Distinction. He took part in Samling Artist Programme with Thomas Allen, and was a finalist in the Geraint Evans Memorial Competition and winner of the Mario Lanza Opera Competition.

He studied traditional Italian School bel canto as well as modern Estill Voice Training methods with Neil Howlett and Paul Farrington respectively, and as a teacher he specialises in classical, crossover and musical theatre styles. As a performer he has sung for Clonter Opera, Co-Opera Ireland, English National Opera Studio, European Chamber Opera, Mid Wales Opera, Opera Minora (Netherlands), Perth Festival Opera, Stowe Opera and Wexford Festival Opera, and recorded for Mirasound Klassiek, Naxos Marco Polo and Priory Records.

David is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an associate/visiting tutor at the Universities of York, York St John and Hull, and formerly a senior lecturer at Leeds College of Music and head of singing at the Birmingham School of Acting.