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Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM

Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer

Darren R. Hawken

Contact details

Jubilee Cottage, Cutlinwith, Tideford. Cornwall. PL12 5HX

  drhawken@hotmail.com
  
  07817504036


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In 2003, Darren left his native Cornwall to embark on a BMus (hons) degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). After successfully completing his undergraduate degree, Darren furthered his music studies at the college undertaking a postgraduate degree whilst later being appointed 'Head of Outreach'. In addition, Darren was lecturer, academic teacher and conductor in residence of all ensembles of the Junior Music and Access Studies department of the Conservatoire. During his time in Wales, Darren joined the BBC National Chorus of Wales, accepted a trombone placement with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and was invited to undertake a sole conducting placement with the world renowned Welsh National Opera.

Since returning to Cornwall to coincide with his appointment as the Professional Musical Director of the St.Dennis Band, there have been many notable achievements that include; two Royal Trophy wins (2012 and 2016) at the West of England Bandsmen's Festival alongside no less than five second places, third place at the Yeovil Entertainment Contest (2014), second place at the Pontins Brass Band Championships (2010), promotion from the Senior Trophy into the Senior Cup at the British Open Spring Festival (2014) and winners of the first section West of England Regional Championships (2016). A coveted National Brass Band Championships title came in September 2016 when St.Dennis were crowned first section national champions.

Alongside his conducting duties with the St.Dennis Band, Darren holds a full time teaching position as Assistant Director of Music and Head of Year at Plymouth College, a leading Independent School and more recently, the appointment of Senior Tutor with the Cornwall Youth Brass Band (2015).

To date, Darren has adjudicated many solo and quartet contests and will be making his brass band adjudicating debut at the SWBBA Annual Entertainment Championships in September 2017.

 

 



Contest: Welsh Open

Saturday 16 February • The Grand Pavilion, The Esplanade, Porthcawl, CF36 3YW


Newstead Brass - Contest Countdown

Sunday 17 February • Festival Hall, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7DJ


Foden's Band - Annual Patrons Concert

Tuesday 19 February • Sandbach School, Crewe Road, Sandbach CW11 3NS


Black Dyke Band - Doncaster Minster

Saturday 23 February • 9 Church St, Doncaster DN1 1RD


The Cobham Band - Best of Brass Concert

Saturday 23 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall. 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton Surrey KT7 0LQ


Blidworth Welfare Band

February 16 • *Solo Cornet* a great opportunity has arrived for a player to join our friendly and progressive band. Blidworth Welfare Band is a Championshop section band in Notts 15mins from J27 M1. We have sensible diary of concerts and contests


Freckleton Band

February 15 • We have a vacancy for a 2nd trombone player, although the solo trombone position would be available to the right person. The band has recently been promoted to the Championship section and have a balanced concert and contest programme.


Freckleton Band

February 15 • Freckleton Band have a vacancy for a 2nd baritone player. The band has recently been promoted to the Championship section and have a balanced concert and contest programme. Rehearsal nights are Mondays and Thursdays.


Alan Widdop


Conductor, Brass teacher, Adjudicator (ABBA)