A Co-Artistic Director of the Newcastle Music Festival and described by the English conductor Vernon Handley as “easily one of the best young conductors that I have encountered in the forty years of my career”, David Banney has conducted many of Australia’s leading orchestras and ensembles.  A past winner of the ABC Young Conductor of the Year, David has conducted the Queensland Symphony, Queensland Philharmonic, West Australian Symphony, Canberra Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Opera Queensland and the Queensland Ballet.  David is the Artistic Director of Newcastle’s Christ Church Camerata, with whom he given many concerts, and recorded two CD’s – Serenade for Stings, and Tigers and Teapots.  He has worked with prominent Australian soloists, including pianists Roger Woodward, Simon Tedeschi, Kathryn Selby, Tamara Anna Cislowska and Evgeny Ukhanov, singers Amelia Farrugia and Margaret Medlyn, and vioinists Graeme Jennings, Susan Collins and Tor Fromyhr.  From 2001-2006 David was the conductor of the European Medical Students Orchestra, and he is the Music Director of the newly formed Newcastle Strings and the NSW Doctors Orchestra.  As an instrumentalist David is a member of the Christ Church Camerata Quartet, with whom he has given many recitals, including a direct broadcast in ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live program, and toured with pianist Roger Woodward.  David is a past winner of the ABC Young Composer’s Competition, and his works include a range of pieces for children (including Tigers and Teapots), and Whale Song, composed for a performance on Newcastle Harbour to celebrate Australia Day in 2011.  A past Vice President of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia, David is a passionate advocate of music education in Australia, and has spoken at numerous conferences on the subject of string pedagogy and musicianship teaching, including the International Kodály Symposium in Kecskemet (Hungary) in 2013.  David has given a number of public lecture series at the Newcastle Art Gallery, including Inside Music, Wagner and the Ring, and Viva Verdi.  He appears regularly on radio with Paul Bevan in Banney’s Baton Banter, broadcast weekly on 1233 ABC Newcastle, and soon to celebrate its 200th episode.