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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.

 

 



Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH


Bodmin Town Band - Bodmin Town Band in concert

Friday 24 September • St Petroc's Church, Priory Road, Bodmin PL31 2DT


Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Central Band Brass Ensemble & Seraphim Consort

Thursday 30 September • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Regent Hall Concerts - Fulham Band

Friday 1 October • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Bollington Brass Band

September 16 • Looking for a new challenge? We are currently recruiting a Solo Cornet, E Flat Bass, Tuned and or Kit Percussionist. Friendly 1st section North West. Sensible contest and concert program throughout the year. Currently rehearsing Thursdays 8-10pm.


Chinnor Silver

September 15 • We are looking to strengthen the band and require PERCUSSION CORNET AND 2ND TROMBONE PLAYERS.. Rehearsals are on a wednesday in our own bandroom.. Good atmosphere in this ambitious friendly band so give us a call.. Concerts and contests planned


Ashton under Lyne Band

September 15 • SOPRANO CORNET: We are looking for a confident and competent player to join our experienced cornet bench. Rehearsals are on Monday nights 8-10pm and we have a sensible and good quality forthcoming concert and contest schedule.


Ian Porthouse


Cornet soloist, clinician, conductor and adjudicator


               

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