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« The complete musician, Jackson is attentive to all dimensions of performance : harmony, melody, balance, quality of tempi, and the cohesion of the ensemble. »                                   

         La Lettre du Musicien



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« His dynamic and rigorous interpretation brings out all the instrumental colours...and is admirably precise. 

 It's beautiful, it's poetic, it's fervent » 



The Anglo-French conductor and pianist David Jackson is a graduate of the University of Durham and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.  He is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow and an Italian Cultural Institute Fellow, and between 2007-8 was a member of the Academy of the Festival d’Aix en Provence.


Noted for his « dynamic and rigorous » direction, David is a choral director and accompanist for the Chœur de l’Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie de Paris and choral director for the Maîtrise des Hauts de Seine, children’s choir of the Opéra de Paris, at La Seine Musicale.  Since 2010 he has held the post of assistant director at the Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Ile en Mer where he has directed performances of La Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), Gloria (Vivaldi), Missa Solemnis (Mozart).  In 2020 he will conduct performances of Schubert’s Mass in A flat major, and continue his direction of the Young Artists of the Festival. In 2018 David Jackson conducted Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in a production for the Conservatoire de Versailles.


David Jackson’s work as a vocal coach has seen him work for Cologne Opera, Germany (2007-9) and for the choir of La Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris (2014-19).  Since 2015 he coaches vocal interpretation at the Conservatoire de Versailles.


David Jackson is artistic director of Ensemble 1904, a chamber ensemble dedicated to twentieth century Franco-British repertoire.  The critically acclaimed debut recording of Ensemble 1904 “ Poldowski reimagined” (Resonus Classics) features 22 mélodies of the female composer Poldowski in chamber orchestrations written by David Jackson, with the soprano Jazmin Black-Grollemund.  Ensemble 1904 performs in France and abroad.


As a composer for the theatre and opera, he composed the musique de scène for Medée (stage direction Jean-Yves Ruf) for Dijon Opera, and for Twelfth Night (stage direction Bérangère Jannelle) a production in association with Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.

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The recreation of Poldowski's 22 Verlaine mélodies written between 1900-1910 in a new chamber orchestration by David Jackson.

Ensemble 1904

Jazmin Black-Grollemund / soprano

Angélique Charlopain / violin

Jérémie Decottignies / double bass

David Jackson / piano

Nous DeuxEnsemble 1904
00:00 / 02:24
CirconspectionEnsemble 1904
00:00 / 03:06

« One of the most refined and imaginative song composers of the early 20th century receives her due » 

« This beguiling recording »  

The Times ★★★★ 

« David Jackson weaves around the velvety voice of the soprano Jazmin Black-Grollemund a delicate tapestry of chamber music. » 

Diapason ★★★★

« Poldowski needs quality advocates, so this CD should do much to help her cause. More, please ! »

BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

« The performances are good, too. Jazmin Black-Grollemund sings with great warmth of tone and careful attention to text. Jackson’s playing is admirably clear and limpid » 

Gramophone Magazine

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University College Chapel Choir, University of Durham

David Jackson / direction

Oliver Bond / organ

Jesu, Grant Me This, I Pray / BairstowUniversity College, Durham
00:00 / 03:23
Drop, drop, slow tears / Kenneth LeightonUniversity College, Durham
00:00 / 02:12

« There is so much good on this disc...a fine release and a good, solid choral sound.»  Musicweb 

« There is much to admire and enjoy here. » Musicweb International 

« Among the many fine performances on an altogether enjoyable disc, ‘The Reproaches’ by John Sanders stand out as particularly gripping and moving. The young voices are a joy to listen to: expressive and well blended. »  Church Music Quarterly 

« David Jackson coaches a nuanced subtlety from his singers. » Choir Schools Today




A poor young Shepherd - LIVE - Poldowski/Jackson

A poor young Shepherd - LIVE - Poldowski/Jackson

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