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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.

 

 



Jackfield Band -

Friday 29 March • Dawley Town Hall, 6 New Street, Dawley TF4 3JR


Contest: National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great B

Saturday 30 March • University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


Black Dyke Band - Boston

Saturday 30 March • Centenary Methodist Church, Boston, PE21 6NY


Black Dyke Band - Bury Parish Church

Thursday 4 April • The Rock, Bury BL9 0AH


Strata Brass -

Friday 5 April • Rockingham Centre. Hoyland Common. Barnsley S74 9DQ


Ilkeston Brass

March 25 • we are looking for cornet players, position negotiable and Bb bass players. We practice on Thursday and Sunday evenings at Stanton by Dale close to M1.


Welwyn Garden City Band

March 24 • We are a friendly & sociable Third Section Band with an exciting and varied summer season ahead of us. We have an immediate vacancy for a SOLO TROMBONE player. Our MD is Duncan Wilson.


The Tilbury Band

March 24 • In our hundredth year, The Tilbury Band is currently seeking cornet players and percussionists to bring our band back to full capacity. Could this be you? A friendly 2nd section band, we rehearse on a Wednesday and Sunday evening in our Hall in Tilbury.


John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor