David Acres

David Acres

Exeter Cathedral Choristers - 1961 - Chapter House

David Acres started his musical career at an early age when he became a probationer in the choir at Exeter Cathedral in the 1960s.

He progressed through the cathedral choir and finished his last year as Head Chorister.

David went onto further education in Kent where he passed his O and A levels in music.

During this period he sang with several leading choirs in the area, until he left school in the early 1970s.

He originally decided to pursue his artistic career more in pottery and ceramics, but after a couple of 'doldrum years', decided that the lure of singing was too strong to ignore.

David sung in several ensembles and choirs in London and the Home Counties, returning to Devon to live in the late 1970s.

For a while he sang with the Devon-based John Loosemore Singers, Voces, Torbay Singers and several local parish choirs.

First tour to Quimper, Brittany, France, 1989
Exeter Cathedral - Dress rehearsal for James Bowman concert, Sept 2004

In the late 1980s David decided to form Counterpoint and persuaded several friends to join the line-up, resulting in the choir's first concert at the Anglican Church in Babbacombe, Torquay.

The favourable media reviews prompted him to continue and expand the choir.

From around 1992 the choir has drawn its members principally from Exeter Cathedral Choir, Exeter University Singers and singers/musicians based in East and South Devon.

David often sang as an alto in Exeter Cathedral Choir, and still sings with ensembles between Plymouth, London and the Home Counties.

He was an alto in the Abbey Choir at Buckfast Abbey and was a founder member and singer with Antiphon.

He has recorded several discs including the music of Guerrero, Byrd, Sheppard, de Rore, Allegri and Brumel and last year (2012) recorded Spanish motets by Escobar, Morales and a Lobo Mass.

Since 2013 David has sung in Cleveland, Ohio and in concerts in Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, Devon and Cornwall. During October 2013 he was asked to adjudicate at an Interhouse singing competition at Milton Abbey in Dorset.

Exeter Cathedral Choir - 2008. David, far left, back row.