The Musical Team

The musical team consists of:

Director of Music: David Bebbington BMus (Hons), PGCert, MA, DipLCM, FLCM, FHEA

David Bebbington BMus (Hons), PGCert, MA, DipLCM, FLCM, FHEA

David gained a BMus (Hons) degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where his principal study was piano and second study voice. He won the John Ireland Prize for Piano and Vocals at the RWCMD in 2001 where he worked closely with many of the vocal students. He was Director of the RWCMD Barbershop Chorus, coach of the RWCMD Barbershop Quartet and also a member of the auxiliary staff in the RWCMD Junior Department. David represented the College on many occasions as an accompanist during his time there, most notably for masterclasses at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and as a Jazz pianist for the Wales Rally GB awards. David was awarded a scholarship for the academic year 2001 - 2002 to take up post as Director of Music for The Cardiff University Church Choir. He followed this by earning himself a permanent position as Director of Music at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, in the Parish of Maindee, Newport.

David has worked across the musical spectrum as a professional soloist, accompanist, vocal coach, conductor, musical director and teacher. His previous work includes artistic director of Cardiff Style Ladies Barbershop Chorus, conductor and accompanist of the Newport Chorale, accompanist for Penarth Music and Variety Company, conductor/musical director of the Cardiff-based Encore theatre company and musical director for Pontypridd Theatre Company. In January 2002, David became musical director of Cardiff Male Choir, a role he maintained for two years, gaining excellent results and success for the choir.

David is currently resident keyboard player for LIVE. The band is one of the UK’s most successful, covering a huge selection of live music from big band to commercial music. As a result he is often called upon to perform many different and challenging types of music. He acts as Vocal Coach for LIVE and also forms part of the various jazz ensembles that perform independently of the main band. LIVE performs around the world and has many celebrity endorsers, frequently supporting artists from the stage and screen, most recently Shaun Williamson, David Essex and Kym Marsh.

David has been fortunate enough to prepare backing vocalists for Tony-Hatch; to act as musical director for shows featuring artists such as Darren Day; to perform jazz-fusion gigs with outstanding musicians including John Wheatcroft of Guitar-X and to work with other high profile musicians such as Iris Williams, X-Factor's Lucie Jones and Ian Matthews of Kasabian.

Whilst maintaining this hectic schedule of professional practice, David completed a MA in Performance at the University of Salford specialising in jazz and popular piano, a PGCert in Learning and Teaching at the University of Chester and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

David is a committed teacher having held a lecturing post at the University of Chester and a Head of Music position at the Academy Musical Theatre Wales.

David joined The Chester Ladies' Choir as Director of Music in May 2015.