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Its a world class number…the careful joy of the reverberation…refined soundtrack and the daring musical arrangement of David White.

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The live orchestra (with musical director David White's hands sometimes visible from under the stage conducting proceedings) are on great form, infusing the songs with a richness and depth.

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David began his career as Musical Director of New Sadlers Wells Opera.  As a young conductor he was spotted by Cameron Mackintosh, who asked him to be Musical Director of Les Miserables at the beginning of its second year in London, making him the youngest musical director ever in the West End. 


Having worked with Cameron for fifteen years and been given the opportunity to open some of the world’s most successful musicals, David decided to branch out into a freelance career.  Since then he has collaborated with companies all over the world from Gothenburg Opera to the National Theatre. 


Spring/Summer 2019            The Man of La Mancha, English National Opera

                                                  Symphonic orchestrations and Musical Supervisor

Sep 2018-March 2019           Something Rotten, Wermland Opera, 2018/19

                                                  Symphonic orchestrations and Musical Supervisor

Summer 2017                        Fiddler on the Roof, Chichester Festival Theatre

                                                 New Orchestrations, new dance arrangements and Musical Supervisor


April 2016                               Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, English National Opera

                                                 Symphonic orchestrations


Spring 2016                            Les Miserables, a new version for Wermland Opera, Karlstad, Sweden

                                                 Musical Supervisor and Musical Director, additional orchestration


Winter 2015 - Spring 2016    Showboat, Sheffield Theatres and West End

                                                  Musical Supervisor and Musical Director, new vocal arrangements


2015 - 2016                             I Love Musicals, Scandanavian tour and Nippon Budokan Arena, Tokyo

                                                  A series of arena concerts in Sweden, Norway and Finland with the                                                            Stockholm Sinfonietta, and in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic,                                                                starring Ramin Karimloo, Peter Joback, Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess.


Spring 2014                             Do I Hear A Waltz?  , Wigmore Hall

                                                  Conducting and arranging for  the world-renowned Nash Ensemble in                                                        the late music of Richard Rodgers.



David has created and recreated many shows including Les Miserables (Musical Director & Musical Supervisor Original London production, Musical Supervisor UK Tours and many of its foreign productions all over the world including Stockholm, Paris, Buenos Aires, Madrid), Martin Guerre (Musical Supervisor & Vocal Arrangements Original London Production), Sunset Boulevard (Original Musical Director & Musical Supervisor & Vocal Arrangements West End, Musical Supervisor Niedernhausen, Germany), Phantom Of The Opera (Musical Supervisor UK Tour), My Fair Lady (Musical Supervisor, Arranger and Vocal Arrangements Royal National Theatre & West End), South Pacific (Musical Supervisor, Arranger & Vocal Arrangements Royal National Theatre), The Witches of Eastwick (Original Musical Director & Musical Supervisor West End), Killing Rasputin (Musical Supervisor, Arranger & Vocal Arrangements Off-West End), The Far Pavilions (Musical Supervisor, Arranger & Vocal Arrangements West End), Candide (Musical Supervisor & Orchestrator Wermland Opera), Philip Quast At The Donmar (Musical Supervisor & Arranger Donmar Warehouse),  Rue Magique (Musical Supervisor, Arranger & Vocal Arrangements Off-West End),  Porgy And Bess The Musical  (Original Musical Director West End), Gone With The Wind (Original Musical Director West End), Sunset Boulevard (Musical Supervisor, Orchestrator & Musical Director of new productions for Wermland Opera & Gothenburg Opera), Crazy For You (Musical Supervisor & Orchestrator Wermland Opera) and From Here To Eternity (Musical Supervisor, Orchestrator & Vocal Arrangements London). He is also Guest Conductor of the London production of Disney's The Lion King.



Conducting work includes large-scale concert performances of Les Miserables, Chess, and Jesus Christ Superstar with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and The World Of Rodgers & Hammerstein (London Concert Orchestra, Barbican Hall starring Maria Friedman and Daniel Evans) as well as much work in the field of Opera and Operetta. He returned to Gothenburg Opera to conduct their famous '13th Night Concert' with Kim Criswell, Peter Joback and the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra.



David studied singing teaching with Richard Alda, became Chorus Master of New Sadler's Wells Opera at 23 and then Musical Director for their Productions of HMS Pinafore, Offenbach's La Belle Helene and The Gondoliers. In the same period he formed Opera Plus - a touring chamber opera company working in newly-commissioned english translations, which toured Mozart's Bastien & Bastienne, Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona and Weill's Die Kluge. Orchestrally, he was Assistant Conductor of Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra and High Wycombe Operatic Society as well as Music Director of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Oxford.  David currently teaches conducting on the Musical Theatre course at The Royal Academy Of Music.



He has produced many cast-albums (Les Miserables Manchester and Sweden, Martin Guerre, Witches Of Eastwick, Philip Quast At The Donmar, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Killing Rasputin, Rue Magique), solo albums (including the solo album 'The Songs Of Andrew Lloyd-Webber' for Gunilla Backman, 2010) and the debut album for Ku-Da-Mix (2010).


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