David Hill played schoolboy Tony Parsons on Coronation Street in 1970 and 1971. He was not a professional actor and was recruited into the programme because of his musical skill as he played the part of a protege of Ena Sharples who she found playing the harmonium in the Victoria Street Mission and realising that he possessed a natural skill, she gave him lessons and persuaded his mother to encourage his playing.
In reality David was a first year boarder studying piano, organ, and violin at Manchester's Chethams School of music. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at seventeen, winning five prizes. He was then Organ Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge and then went on to Durham Cathedral as Sub-Organist, moving in 1982 to take up the post of Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral in London. In 1987 he became Organist and Master of Music at Winchester Cathedral and in 1986 was appointed Associate Conductor of the Philharmonia Chorus, as well as being Director of the Royal College of Music Chorus in London and two years later was Director of the Waynflete Singers in Winchester and the Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Chorus, the first British conductor to hold the post.
David Hill frequently conducted the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in both orchestral and large-scale choral works. He also worked with the BBC Singers regularly, both in broadcasts and live performances. In 1995 he conducted the Winchester Cathedral Choir on two extensive tours of the United States of America and Australia, where they performed music from Taverner and Weelkes to Rheinberger, Britten and Gorecki.
In 2003 he became Director Of Music at St Johns College, Cambridge. As music director of The Bach Choir for 15 years, David Hill has led the UK's most famous large-scale chorus on international tours, recordings and commissions - including works by Bob Chilcott, Jonathan Dove and the last choral works written by John Tavener before his death in 2013. The setting of three Scottish Folk Songs will be premiered by The Bach Choir under David's baton in China in April 2014 and receive their UK premiere in London in November 2014.