David Young

David Young (1968-69)

[Born Kilwinning, Scotland 6 Jun 1937, died 10 Feb 2011]

Tenor David Young left the Ayrshire Police Force to become a professional singer in 1961, making his debut at the Edinburgh Palladium. His constabulary duties did not prevent his studying singing, performing repertory in Glasgow, or making guest appearances on Scottish television.

In 1962 he went to London to appear in The Yeomen of the Guard during the Festival of the City of London at the Tower of London. He then joined the Sadler's Wells Opera Company, and later appeared in operas at the Edinburgh Festival. He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company chorus in April 1968.During the 1968-69 season, Young appeared regularly as Francesco in The Gondoliers, and filled in on occasion for Philip Potter as Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, and Colonel Fairfax in The Yeomen of the Guard.He left the Company in August 1969.

On leaving the D'Oyly Carte he went to Royal Opera, Covent Garden, where he appeared for twenty-five years. He also performed with "Gilbert & Sullivan for All," appearing as First Yeoman on their 1972 recording of The Yeomen of the Guard.

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