Art Prize for Dulwich Artist

David Gluck of Holmdene Avenue has won the Singer & Friedlander-Sunday Times water colour competition.with a prize value of £15000 with his landscape The Evening Sunlight,near Petrognano, near Lucca, Italy.

David, who was born in Pontefract, Yorkshire in 1939 is a member of the Royal Watercolour Society and has also been its vice-president. After gaining a Post Graduate diploma at Leeds College of Art he completed an ARCA at the Royal College of Art in the 1960's. Before his retirement he taught printmaking at the Central School of Art , The main subject of his work is Landscape. He says, "My work is characterised by a spontaneous vigorous response to the commonplace and familiar objects or environments, emphasising a real sense of place, illusionistic space and a feeling of a moment in time."

His training as a printmaker led him to unconventional methods of watercolour painting. He prefers not to plan each painting in advance - rather than think ahead, he prefers to respond to an image that's evolving as he works. "I begin simply by making marks. So, halfway through the picture might not look like anything like the intended subject, and the colours might seem bizarre. Then, as I apply layer after layer, responding to a developing image, they come to increasingly resemble what it is that I'm looking at and ultimately depicting."

This approach is partly the result of his interest in Alexander Cozens's method of involving random blot images. Over many years he found that etching, monoprint and watercolour gives him the necessary flexibility and stimulation he required But if accident plays an important part in the process, how can the painting have anything to do with a real existing motif? David says that the picture certainly has to do with a specific location. "I know this Italian village well. I spent a month there or more for about ten years running, painting every day. I wanted the picture to convey a strong sense of place and atmosphere. But the painting was made in the way I've described, and I believe that this way of working gives a unique quality to the watercolour. The painting was started on the spot, then continued for a few hours every day, so as to be able to work with similar light conditions. Then it was finished off in the studio. The aim was to maintain the vigour and the excitement of those first sessions throughout."

New conductor for Dulwich choir

Dulwich Choral Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Aidan Oliver as the choir's new Musical Director.

Dulwich resident Aidan Oliver, 30, is one of the leading choral conductors of his generation in the UK. In 2003, he was appointed Director of Music at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey - the Parliamentary Church - and was awarded a Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers. He is chorus master of Philharmonia Voices, the Philharmonia's professional chorus founded in 2004, and conductor of Wokingham Choral Society. He has also worked with the Bach Choir and Apollo Voices, and last year was invited by English National Opera to act as guest Chorus Master for their production of Wagner's Twilight of the Gods.

Dulwich Choral Society is looking forward to an exciting future under this charismatic musician, whose dynamic approach to choir training and performing looks set to lead this large choir into enjoyable new challenges.

Come and hear us

The choir's new season will open with a performance of Haydn's uplifting Creation on 9 December at St Barnabas Church, Calton Avenue SE22 at 7.30pm. Tickets and are available by phoning 020 7274 6388 (£10 bought in advance; £12 on the door).

Come and sing with us - and enjoy our new partnership with Aidan Oliver. We have a few vacancies in all parts. We rehearse on Monday evenings, from 7.30 to 9.30 in the Herne Hill Baptist Church on the corner of Half Moon Lane and Winterbrook Road. Singers who love music and would like to sing with an experienced amateur choir which performs alongside professional musicians in south and central London venues are invited to come to a rehearsal or call 020 7737 3169.

Dulwich Choral Society sometimes performs as the South London Chorus.

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