Dave Collins has recently graduated from the University of Durham with a First Class Honours degree in Music. At the university he specialised in composition with Dr. Richard Rijnvos, arranging and conducting with Ray Farr and Orchestration with Dr. Bennett 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) with Musical Director Mr. Huw Thomas. 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 Bank 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, Beverly Band and the Belle Vue Band among others. 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 as number of commissions he has received.
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