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David W. Ashworth

RSCM, ABBA Exec Member, NABBC PRO.

Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator

David W. Ashworth

Contact details

5 Queens Street Mills Two Mills Lane Mossley Ashton Under Lyne OL5 9HP


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David was born into a musical family in Bury, Lancashire in 1951. He started playing the Tenor horn at the age of 7 and was taught by Hugh Parry, then MD of Wingates Temperance Band. His banding life flourished over his younger years and between 1967 and 1974 he played with the Wingates Temperance Band and Besses o'th’ Barn Bands.

In the early 1970s, he became a Police Officer and as a result, due to his work commitments, Championship Section playing had to be place on the back burner. He did however, continued playing the Tuba and concentrated on conducting.

During his 40+ years of conducting, David has had numerous contest successes at all levels and was described by 4barsrest.com as, 'One of the finest Conductors outside the Championship Section'.

He is a member of the National Executive (PRO), of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors and is an Executive Officer (Treasurer), with The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.

He has vast experience in adjudicating, at both Brass Band Contests and Choral Music Festivals throughout the country. In the late 1990s and early 2000s he adjudicated at the National Mineworkers Contest at the Winter Gardens Blackpool, also at the Rhyl Music Festival and numerous Air Varie and Slow Melody Contest throughout the country.

The 2012 National Finals at Cheltenham, the 2013 Brass at the Guild, the 2013 Uni-brass Contest at Lancaster University, the 2014 Yorkshire Slow Melody Championships and in 2015 the Butlins National Championships.

More recently he Adjudicated the 2018 Brighouse March and Hymn Contest and the Whiston Brass Festival.

David has been invited to adjudicate at the 2019 Butlins National Championships and

David led the annual Brass Master Class weekends in the Waveney Valley area of North East Suffolk for several years and currently leads the Annual Intensive Dutch National Contest Test Piece study weekend with the Felison Brass in The Netherlands, where he holds the position of Associate Professional Conductor.

He has worked as the Musical Director on a several stage-shows with amateur dramatic societies, and professional theatre groups, but still finds time to write and arrange music.

As a Conductor he has worked with many brass bands of all sections, Championship to Youth plus brass ensembles, military bands, choirs and operatic societies.

His association with British Brass Bands over the past 60+ years, has led him to conduct bands from Aberdeen to and, as previously mention, in Europe.

As the Musical Director of the Boarshurst Silver Band (Saddleworth), he led them to the National Finals in 2011. He also gained two consecutive victories at the Butlins National Championships in 2012 and 2013. In his 6 year tenure with the band, David led them to over 20 Contest victories and podium finishes.

Until recently he was conducting the Stalybridge Old Band with whom he gained several victories and podium places over his 4 years tenure.

David is looking forward to the many challenges which the future brings, with his normal energy and enthusiasm.

 

 



Black Dyke Band - Swiss Open Gala Concert

Saturday 21 September • Europaplatz 1, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland 6005


The GUS Band - Last Night of the Proms

Saturday 21 September • Holy Trinity Church, . Squires Hill, . Rothwell, . Northamptonshire NN14 6BQ


Foden's Band - St Andrew's Church, Penrith

Saturday 21 September • St Andrews Place, Rowan House, CA11 7XZ


Enderby Youth Band - Mike Fowles, directing a Youth training weekend

Saturday 21 September • Lutterworth College. Bitteswell Road . Lutterworth LE17 4EW


Drighlington Band -

Saturday 21 September • Drighlington Methodist Church BD11 1EL


Stannington Brass Band

September 16 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA player to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests


Dobcross Silver Band

September 15 • Dobcross Silver Band invite applications for the following competent players. . . . Bb BASS, FRONT ROW CORNET, BASS TROMBONE. . . This is an exciting time for the band. There is a new 'buzz' about the place as we go from strength to strength


Yorkshire Imperial Band

September 15 • Players wanted to join our journey back towards the top section. We are seeking a couple of cornet players - Top man is open to the right candidate, but we also need to add quality to our back row team. We rehearse Tue/Thur, 8pm in Gawthorpe nr Ossett.


Steve Pritchard-Jones

FTCL LTCL LDBBA DipMusEd GMus QTS NPQH
Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher


               

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