Born in 1964, David Trendell received his early musical education as a chorister at Norwich Cathedral, during which time he was the soloist on a recording of Mendelssohn’s famous Hear My Prayer. He was later an alto choral scholar there before going up to Oxford, where he was Organ Scholar of Exeter College. Subsequently, whilst Assistant Organist at Winchester College, he embarked upon research into the works of Alexander Zemlinsky. In 1989 he was appointed Organist of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford and College Tutor at St Hugh’s, St Hilda’s and, later, Oriel Colleges. He moved to London in 1992 to become College Organist and Lecturer in Music at King’s College London. Trendell was also Director of Music at St Mary’s, Bourne Street in London, having held a similar post at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great for over thirteen years. He was also Director of the Edington Festival, a festival of music within the liturgy, and conducted the Nave Choir there for ten years, broadcasting frequently for BBC Radio 3, for whom he also presented programmes.
Trendell wrote on the music of William Byrd and lectured and performed each year at the International William Byrd Festival in Portland, Oregon. He also made many editions of the work of Spanish sixteenth-century composers, among them Alonso Lobo and Sebastián de Vivanco. He was also well known as a record producer, having worked with such choirs as The Clerks’ Group, New College, Oxford, Oxford Camerata, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Westminster Abbey, Winchester College and in France the Maîtrise de Caen.