facebook twitter rss vimeo


Danford records solo album

The percussionist Dave Danford has been busy in the studio recording his debut solo album

dave danford


The release, Rhythmic Renaissance, is a collection of the most popular works from Dave's solo recitals over the last few years and a number of the pieces featured are being recorded for the very first time.

Classical mood

Tracks from two major classical composers appear on the album; the first is a concert piece from Derek Bourgeois, Adagio for Vibraphone, which Dave premiered during a recital in Cardiff in May 2006. Adagio is adapted from the slow movement of Bourgeois' Concerto for Percussion and Brass Band, with the composer himself having described Dave's reading of the concerto as magnificent.

The other work is Concerto Accademico by Vaughan Williams. This was originally a concerto for violin, and it was in late 2005 that Dave arranged the first movement for marimba and vibraphone, specifically for a recital at the Amadeus Centre, London in January 2006. The full length concerto was premiered at a concert in Swansea in late June 2006 and it is in this form that it appears on the album.

Original works

Elsewhere on the release are a number of original percussion compositions including 2 unaccompanied marimba items; Virginia Tate by American composer Paul Smadback and Katamiya by French composer Emmanuel Sejourne.

The release date is currently set for the beginning of March 2007 and Dave will be on tour throughout April, May and June to promote the album. Along with a number of solo recital dates, there are currently numerous dates with brass bands around the UK being organised and a full schedule will be released shortly.

The CD will be available from 4BR Shopping


Report & Result: 2018 West Midlands BBA Solo, Duet & Quartet

April 26 • There was a great turn out of musical talent at the recent WMBBA Solo, Duet & Quartet competition — both English and French.

Whit Friday reflect

Saddleworth & Oldham Whit Friday details announced

April 26 • All the essential information you need for Saddleworth's Whit Friday contests has been released.

David Childs

Familiar faces to appear on BBC Young Musician Brass Final

April 26 • Euphonium virtuoso David Childs will help present the brass final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year — featuring five remarkable young performers.

Andy Wareham

Wareham takes Tortuous route to Black Dyke

April 26 • Andrew Wareham, the composer behind the award winning 'Tarot! Tortuous Tarot!' is to take on the role of 'Young Composer in Residence' with Black Dyke.

Egremont Junior Band - Egremont Town Band and Workington Town Band

Friday 27 April • Workington CA14 3AW

Regent Hall Concerts - Clarendon Brass Ensemble

Friday 27 April • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

Wotton and District Silver Band - Tom Hutchinson

Saturday 28 April • St Mary's Church, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 7LS

Black Dyke Band - Lincoln Cathedral

Saturday 28 April • Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX

The Fairey Band - Pre-European Championships concert

Sunday 29 April • Glossop Old Bandroom. Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP SK13 8LP

The Hepworth Band

April 26 • The Hepworth Band has a vacancy for solo horn. We rehearse Tuesdays and Thursdays 8pm and are based in Hepworth, near Holmfirth, Huddersfield

Kippax Band

April 26 • Kippax Band. Require a Musical Director. Due to the work and family commitments of our current MD, Kippax Band are looking for a new Musical Director to take us forward.. We rehearse Monday and Thursday at our own bandroom in Kippax 8.00-10.00pm.

The Corsham Band

April 26 • Due to work commitments, a vacancy has arisen for a Tenor Trombone player. First or Second position available. We are a newly promoted Second Section band with a friendly and enthusiastic team.

David W. Ashworth

Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator