David Newsholme


David NewsholmeDavid Newsholme is currently Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral and Organist of the King’s School, Canterbury.  He is also Musical Director of the Canterbury Singers.

David’s earliest musical experiences were with the choir of Worcester Cathedral, where he was head chorister and later an Assistant Bass Lay Clerk.  After spending a gap year as Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral, David went up to Oxford to read music at New College, where he held both an Academic Scholarship and the Organ Scholarship.  Upon leaving university, David spent two years as Organist at Bury Parish Church in Lancashire.  During this time, he gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education and began work on a Ph.D thesis at York University, researching cathedral music of the Restoration period.  He was subsequently appointed Assistant Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College, a position that he held until moving to Canterbury in 2011.

David learnt the organ with David Sanger and the harpsichord with David Ledbetter.  He continues his studies with Pieter van Dyke at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and with Gillian Weir.  He has received tuition on the Harmonium from Anne Page.  David is the present holder of the W.T. Best Scholarship, a prestigious award bestowed by the Worshipful Company of Musicians, which provides substantial financial support for his continuing keyboard studies.