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Dave Collins

BA (Hons) (Dunelm) I, FSCO

Composer and Arranger

Dave Collins

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Dave has recently graduated from the University of Durham with a First Class Honours degree in Music. At the university he specialized in composition with Dr. Richard Rijnvos, arranging and conducting with Ray Farr and Orchestration with Dr. Bennet Zon.

Dave began playing the trumpet at aged 9 through lessons at his local primary school led by Rochdale Music Service. His teachers have included Eric Landon, Ian Nelson, Ian Porthouse and Stuart Lingard. Dave played regularly through school and Sixth Form and attended Rochdale Music Service until September 2010.

Dave composes a wide variety of music for Brass Band through his position as Composer-In-Residence of The Fishburn Band (NE Championship Section). He is also the Composer-in-Association with the City of Cardiff Band (Welsh Championship Section) with Musical Director Gareth Ritter.

Outside of band music Dave writes contemporary chamber works focusing on using minimalist, serialist and aleatoric processes.

Dave's compositions have been performed throughout the country by a variety of leading soloists and ensembles including Charley Brighton, Desford Colliery Band, The Fishburn Band, The Milnrow Band, and The Band of the Kings Division of the British Army.

Dave's first work for band, Lament was premiered by The Milnrow Band in 2008 conducted by John Ward and from this point his compositions and arrangements have been played across the world.

Commissions have been received from the Aalborg Brass Band, Nordvestjysk Brass Band, Rochdale Music Service, Bon Accord Band, Durham University, Beverley Band and the Belle Vue Band among others, and he is always looking to collaborate on new ideas.

Dave is currently working on a project with Schott Music Publishing to adapt a number of works for band of the British minimalist composer Steve Martland as well as fulfilling a number of commissions he has received.



Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 18 March • The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Knaresborough Silver Band

March 19 • Knaresborough Silver Band are looking for percussion players to join them following their recent success in the Areas 3rd section gaining our 3rd Cheltenham invitation in the last 4 years. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings @ 7.30pm.

East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band

March 19 • The EYMS Band has an immediate vacancy for a first class Solo Euphonium Or Solo Baritone. With The Grand Shield on the horizon and a sensible concert schedule we are looking for a talented individual to join this experienced section.

Chinnor Silver

March 19 • We are sadly loosing one of our award winning bass team soon(best basses award at areas) so we are looking for a Bb BASS . Good book of contests and concerts planned including butlins . We rehearse on Wednesday in our own bandroom

David A. Stowell

Conductor and composer