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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.

 

 



Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


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


Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP


The Marple Band

March 2 • Are you looking for a change of scene after lockdown has ended. The Marple Band are a friendly group of 1st Section musicians who are looking for an Eb Bass and Bb Bass player and tutti cornets.


Crewe Brass

February 26 • Following the Government announcement, Crewe Brass are looking to resume COVID compliant rehearsals in the summer. We are looking for a Tuned Percussionist. We have all the gear & instruments and need someone to play them !! They are here waiting for you.


Chadderton Band

February 25 • Chadderton Band is a very friendly non contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are looking for players of any age and ability on all sections of the band + EUPH Drums. Please come along to one of our rehearsals give us a try.


Stephen Tighe

ARCM, LDBBA, (Dip)PFS.
Adjudicator / Music Director / Arranger


               

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