Director of Choral Music
David Önaç is a composer, pianist, musical director and lecturer. He has led and played music in a diverse range of churches, and became Director of Choral Music at All Saints Ecclesall in January 2018. He passionately believes that congregational music can be a highly meaningful way to respond in worship to the truths of God’s character, perfection, majesty, and beauty. Correspondingly, music of extraordinary beauty can powerfully remind its participants of, and point them towards, God’s beauty.
Academically, David has lectured at the University of Manchester, the University of Birmingham and the RNCM, and holds degrees in Music from Cambridge and the RNCM, completing his PhD in Musical Composition at the University of Manchester in 2013.
In addition to his post at All Saints in Sheffield, David spends about half the week in Manchester, working as a professional musician. There, his portfolio encompasses jazz & gospel, piano tuition, and workshops/lectures, including directing the award-winning Manchester Harmony Gospel Choir. He also enjoys frisbee, basketball, table-tennis, hiking, and swimming (ideally at the seaside in a hot country).