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David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL

Conductor, adjudicator and arranger

David Hirst

Contact details

Courtland 1a Church Walk Areley Kings Stourport on Severn Worcestershire DY13 0AL


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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.

 

 



Black Dyke Band - Sheffield Citadel Salavation Army

Thursday 21 November • 12 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YN


Regent Hall Concerts - Symphonic Brass Ensemble of the Band of the Royal

Friday 22 November • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ


Corby Silver Band - Arts Barn Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Saturday 23 November • Holy Trinity Church, Squires Hill, Rothwell NN14 6BQ


Kettering Citadel S A Band - International Staff Band of the Salvation Army

Saturday 23 November • The Salvation Army,. 66, Rockingham Road,. Kettering, Northamptonshire NN16 8JU


Derwent Brass - Southwell Choral Society

Saturday 23 November • Southwell Minster, Church St, Southwell, Nottingham NG25 0HD


Llandudno Town Band

November 21 • Llandudno Town Band would like to appoint a competent solo cornet and BBb Bass. Contact Andrew 07854 652451.. . Anyone wishing to join Llandudno Junior Band or like to learn a brass instrument contact Sandra 07886 794625


Garforth Brass

November 21 • GARFORTH BRASS are in need of some cornet players (positions negotiable) and a 2nd euphonium to complete their line up for the Regional Competition in March. Only one rehearsal a week on a Sunday at 6.15pm at Garforh Methodist Church, Garforth, LS25 1NW.


The Hepworth Band

November 21 • The Hepworth band currently has vacancies for percussionists (kit or tuned). Based near Holmfirth, West Yorkshire we rehearse Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor


               

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