Darrell Davison has been the Musical Director of the GSO since 1990.
He studied music at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge and started his professional career as the principal cellist of the Ulster Orchestra.
In 1979 he won the Sir John Barbirolli Conducting Competition and since then has worked with many different orchestras, both professional and amateur. This has included performances with all four London orchestras and recordings with the LSO and the BBC as well as concerts and recordings in Europe and Asia.
In 1984 he was a prize winner in the inaugural Leeds Conducting Competition and, in the same year, made his London Debut by conducting the RPO at a Royal Philharmonic Society Concert at the Festival Hall. Since then he has made appearances at many of the major venues in England and has also conducted lake-side proms at both Kenwood and Crystal Palace. He is a conductor and Musical Director of The Little Symphony of London, The New Philharmonic Orchestra and also presents the successful Arthur Davison Family Concerts at the Fairfield, Croydon.
As a composer, he has had his music performed by The Philharmonia, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and has also written and orchestrated film scores for The London Symphony Orchestra.