Open studieweekend Felison Brass


Onderleiding van David W Ashworth

Felison Brass kijkt met een frisse blik vooruit naar het aankomende open studieweekend.

Zaterdag 23 en zondag 24 september zal er zeer intensief gewerkt worden aan diverse muziekstukken. Het hele weekend staat geheel onder leiding van onze Engelse assistent dirigent (associate professional conductor) David Ashworth.

Wij zullen bij droog weer het weekend afsluiten met een buitenconcertje.

Speelt u zelf een koperinstrument zoals bijvoorbeeld, cornet, althoorn, trombone, bastuba of speelt u slagwerk? En heeft u na het lezen van dit bericht wellicht wat muzikale kriebels gekregen?

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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 1979 he played with numerous Championship Bands throughout the country. 
He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree at Lancaster University, where he is still an active member of the University’s Music Society. 

David has had numerous contest successes at all levels over the years, and was described by Iwan Fox of 4 Bars Rest as, ‘One of the finest Conductors outside the Championship Section’.

With over 40 years of conducting experience and has conducted numerous bands throughout the years, at all levels from Championship to Youth plus brass ensembles, military bands, concert bands, choirs and operatic societies. Over the years he has won numerous victories and podium places. His intense contesting and concert preparation has produced some excellent results.

His association with British Brass Bands, over the past 60+ years, has led him to conduct many bands from all over the UK and Europe.

David has had a very successful Contesting career, over the years he led the Boarshurst Silver Band to two consecutive victories at the Butlins Championships, he also led both British Aerospace Band and Stalybridge Old Band to victories on their first contests under his direction. He took Hawk Green Band from the 3rd Section to the first section, and more recently led both BMP Europe Goodshaw Band, 4th Section, North West Area to an Area victory, gaining them promotion to the 3rd Section after only working with them for 3 months, and Glossop Old Band to a 2nd place, in the 2nd Section, Midlands Championships after only 2 months, taking both Bands to the National Finals in 2021.

He has vast experience in adjudicating, at both Brass Band Contests and Choral Music Festivals throughout the country. (He is a Choral Master with the Royal School of Church Music).

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s 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 the 2015 Butlins National Championships. He adjudicated the 2018 Brighouse March and Hymn Contest and the Whiston Brass Festival 2018.

He was also official Mentor to the Trainee Adjudicator at the National Finals in Cheltenham. During 2019, David adjudicated the Butlins National Championships, the Yorkshire Spring Festival Preview evening, arranged by the Hammonds Band, with Roger Webster and David Hirst, and was invited to act as the official AoBBA Mentor for the Youth Adjudicators at both the Yorkshire and London Areas. He also adjudicated at the North West Association Rochdale Contest and at the Yorkshire and Humberside Association Contest at Dewsbury Town Hall.

In 2022, he Adjudicated at the Regional Championships in Wales, London and the West of England and also the 2022 National Finals in Cheltenham.

David is the Musical Director of the Annual Intensive Study Course, held for the Dutch National Championships, and regularly travels to Holland, to work with Felison Brass from Velsen Noord, Amsterdam, where he holds the position of Associate Professional Conductor.
He has worked as Musical Director on a several stage-shows with both amateur dramatic societies and professional theatre groups. He also still finds time to write and arrange music.