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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


More about Darren R.

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.

 

 



Gresley Colliery Band - Byrkley Park - Christmas Open Evening

Thursday 18 October • Byrkley Drive, Rangemore St, Burton upon Trent DE13 9RN DE13 9RN


Besses o' th' Barn Band - Celebration Concert

Friday 19 October • Shaw Playhouse 2. 2 Newtown Street, Oldham Ol2 8NX


Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band

Friday 19 October • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London. W1C 2DJ


Black Dyke Band - Elsecar Heritage Centre Barnsley

Saturday 20 October • Elsecar Heritage Centre Wath Road Elsecar Barnsley S74 8HJ


Woodfalls Band - Wellstead Community Choir

Saturday 20 October • Chandlers Ford Methodist Church. Winchester Rd, Chandler's Ford, Hants SO53 2GJ


Silver Spectrum Wind Band

October 16 • Sheffield based adult community wind band in Crookes. We welcomed several new brass players this term but still have vacancies for Trumpets/Cornets, Horns (Tenor or French) and a confident first Trombone. We also have vacancies for some wind instruments.


Crewe Brass

October 16 • Crewe Brass seek Eb and Bb bass, Euphonium and Baritone players. We are a friendly 1st Section Band and perform at a variety of events (including contests) under the baton of our MD Matt Pithers. Rehearsals are every Friday at 7.45pm in Shavington, Crewe.


Prospect Brass - Skelmanthorpe

October 16 • FLUGEL . Under MD Duncan Beckley, Prospect Brass are on the look out for a FLUGEL player. Rehearsals are Mon/Fri 7-9pm in our very own bandroom which is within easy reach of Huddersfield & Wakefield.


Mike Sheppard

B.A. (Hons) Music
Composer, conductor, teacher, author