DAVID ALLEN is an emerging voice in modern music composition and has written for and had works premiered and performed internationally by prestigious ensembles including the Arcadian Singers, the BBC Singers, the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain, and the Oxford Philharmonic. His setting of THERE IS NO ROSE won the 1ST GIROLAMO ABOS INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION PRIZE at the Malta International Choir Festival 2015.
David's work encompasses music for choirs, ensembles, orchestras, chamber music, and soloists. His choral works include settings of religious texts and secular poems, and his other works range from single performers and small groups up to symphony orchestras. Some notable works include CARILLON SORTIE ON OLD HUNDREDTH as part of the #Reformation500 celebrations; MISSA MARIA MAGDALENA for the choir of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford; IN FLANDERS FIELDS for Sospiri as part of their A Multitude of Voices project which commemorated the centenary of the First World War; YE ARE OF GOD a private commission for the choir of St Edmund Hall, Oxford; FANTASIA FOR VIOLA AND ORCHESTRA for the Oxford Philharmonic; GOOD FRIDAY REPROACHES for the BBC Singers; and WAR IS KIND for Ensemble Isis.
David studied composition as a student of Andrew Gant and Robert Saxton at the University of Oxford, with further study at the Royal College of Music, and has come to embrace various musical styles in crafting distinctive and emotional works. He frequently combines elements from a wide range of musical styles and influences to create a unique works that range from vibrant and melodic pieces to more modern and abstract compositions, both for amateur and professional ensembles.