David Francis

David was appointed to the new position of Executive Director for Four Winds in September 2015.  Four Winds is an international arts organisation based in Bermagui on the far south coast of rural New South Wales.  Four Winds is using its 25 years of experience to springboard the organisation to a year round program of activity utilising its newly completed, exceptional performance spaces.  David’s remit is focussed on creating an inclusive vibrant year round program which reflects the organisation’s commitment to Music, Nature and Shared Creativity – as well as building a sustainable organisation for the future.

David was General Manager of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Australia’s most established choral organisation and worked with Music Director Brett Weymark to deliver landmark events such as Chorus Oz and the first signed performances of Handel’s Messiah in Sydney Opera House.

David originates from the UK where particular achievements include the development and management of the PRS for Music Foundation – the UK’s largest funder for new music, and the development of Sound and Music – a national agency for new music and sonic art.  He also held position of Senior Producer for the Contemporary Music Network in the UK.

Until appointed to Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in early 2014, David was Director of Arts at Dartington (UK) – a rural centre for the Arts Sustainability and Social Justice and trustee of South West Music School (UK).

David studied singing at Guildhall School of Music and Drama following his graduation from University of Kent.  He recently completed The ‘One Planet’ MBA at Exeter Business School.  He is a Fellow of the UK’s Clore Leadership Programme and Royal Society for the Arts.

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