Friends have shared news of the death, at home in Madrid, of David Mason, a singing professor and chorus leader who taught two generations of professionals.
Born in Wigan, England, he studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and took his first job at the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh, working with Peter Pears, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Hans Hotter and Galina Vishnevskaya.
He went on to work with the Dutch Radio Chorus in Hilversum and the German Radio Chorus in Berlin. Moving to Madrid, he served as vocal coach for thye Balearic Islands´University Choir and Alonso Lobo´s Chorus in Cuenca. He also worked with Academy of Ancient Music at the University of Salamanca.
A deeply private man, he avoided being photographed.
David Mason with Alasdair Elliott