David began his musical education as a chorister at New College, Oxford where he
was also a piano student of Paul Drayton and Christopher Headington. He went on
to life as a music scholar at Cranleigh School in Surrey where he studied piano,
organ and oboe, and from there continued musical studies at The Royal College of
Music, studying organ with Nicholas Danby, graduating with a BMus (Hons,
London) in 1981.
Over the years he has become best known as leader and musical arranger of The
David Rees-Williams Trio, which was formed in 1988 while he was co-owner of a
well-known music venue in Canterbury, Kent.
The Trio first caught the imagination of listeners to BBC Radio 3 in 2001 when
David’s arrangement of Purcell’s When I am Laid in Earth was played on the
‘Morning on 3’ programme. The BBC was inundated with listeners’ calls, wanting to
know how they could get hold of the music, and as a result, the Trio was invited
to record a disc for the BBC on their new ‘Late Junction’ label. Hidden Colours was
released in 2002, receiving excellent press reviews and reaching No.2 in the top
ten of that year’s HMV Choice. This was followed by Time Scape in 2004, Thinking
Allowed in 2007, and Back From Before in 2010, all of which received four and
five star reviews in the National Press. Both Thinking Allowed and Back From
Before, released on the Depaean label, were actually recorded at Champs Hill
thanks to the generosity of David and Mary Bowerman, and it was a natural
progression for David to record for Champs Hill Records. David and the David
Rees-Williams Trio perform in a wide variety of festivals, venues ranging from jazz
clubs to cathedrals, and are regularly heard on national radio.
David Rees-Williams Trio have just got better and better .... their new
recording of jazz forays into the classical repertoire is just magical.'
Dammann, The Guardian
can cast a Bach prelude in exotic colours, but he and his colleagues are equally
at home with Scarlatti, Grieg and Cesar Franck."
Davis, Sunday Times