Band Conductor

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Professional Conductor: Professor David King

Australian by birth, David King is regarded as one of the most dynamic figures in the world of brass today. With an enviable record of musical accomplishments and successes both as an instrumentalist and conductor he is at the forefront of music education and is Chair of Music - Performance at the University of Salford.

Professor David King

David King studied Trumpet and Cornet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and music education at Avondale College, NSW, where he studied with Alan Thrift, graduating in 1978.

In 1982 as Australian cornet champion he was awarded a scholarship to study music at Salford University College, Manchester, where he graduated with distinction in Performance in 1985.

In Britain David King pursued a distinguished career as a cornet soloist winning the title North of England Solo Champion on three occasions (1983/84/85) and remained unbeaten on Bb Cornet at the British Open Solo Championships for five consecutive years (1987-91). He represented the United Kingdom in 1992 as British Open Solo Champion and won the prestigious title International Brass Musician of the Year in Auckland, New Zealand.

David King is a member of the Adelphi Research Institute for Creative Arts and Social Sciences, University of Salford and in 2000 completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree - the first recipient of a Performance research doctorate awarded within the British university sector.

As a conductor Professor David King holds a prominent position in Europe and is revered as one of the most successful conductors on the concert and contest platform in the last decade. He has represented England in the European Brass Band Championships on eleven occasions as a conductor and has won the title ten times, twice with Black Dyke Mills Band (1990 & 91) and eight times with the yorkshire Building Society Band (1996/97/99/2000/2001/2002/2003 & 2004.)

In 2002 David King was appointed Musical Director of the Massed Bands of the North West of England to perform in the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. He was also guest conductor at the World Expo, Switzerland 2002.

Regarded by his peers as a leading interpreter of wind music, Professor David King has commissioned, choreographed, directed and premiered award winning thematic projects for the concert platform working in collaboration with internationally acclaimed composers for the genre including Torstein Aagaard Nilsen, Peter Graham, Philip Sparke, and Robin Dewhurst. Many of these works have been subsequently recorded commercially on both the Polyphonic and Egon labels.

April 2009 saw Professor King take up the position of Professional Conductor with the World Famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band.