David HirstDavid Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL

Conductor, adjudicator and arranger

Contact details

27 Ryecroft Way The Hopyard Martley Worcester Worcestershire WR6 6BF
email: david.hirst@btinternet.com
website: www.davidhirst.net

home: 01886 888561
mobile: 07808 063512
work:
fax: + 44 (0) 1777 872852

More about David

David Hirst began his musical career at the age of ten with the local village band playing cornet: he made rapid progress on the instrument, and, at the age of fourteen was accepted into the Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band on the solo cornet bench.

Two years later David joined the Black Dyke Mills Band on Soprano Cornet, where he had four successful years including wins at the British Open, National and World Championships.

In 1972 David began studying music at the University of Huddersfield, being taught trumpet by Maurice Murphy. A growing interest in Orchestral and Big Band playing led him to being one of the early members of the James Shepherd Versatile Brass.

In 1978 David rejoined the Black Dyke Mills Band on Soprano cornet enjoying further contest success.

By the mid ‘70s he was conducting various village bands before being appointed in 1980 as the Musical Director of the Andrews Heat for Hire Band. After five successful years he then took over as Musical Director at the Lewington Yamaha Band followed by two years as the Resident Conductor at Black Dyke conducting the band during their historic tour of Australia in 1988.

In 1990 David returned to the Yorkshire Imperial Band conducting them at the British Open, All England Masters and as prize-winners at the “Brass in Concert” competition over three successive years.

In 1994 David was invited to join the ‘World Famous’ Brighouse & Rastrick Band as Resident Musical Director, relinquishing this position in 2005 after 11 years. During this period the Band were National Champions (1997 and 1998), European Champions (1998) and All England Masters Champions (1997 and 2001) in addition to Yorkshire Area Champions (1995, 1997 and 2003).

Since leaving B&R David has been guest conductor with Grimethorpe, Faireys and Fodens, and is regularly invited to undertake ‘contest preparation’ workshops with bands of all standards.

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