Sun 7th Jan 2018 2.15pm: DAVID THORNTON (euphonium) with STEWARD DEATH (piano): one of the foremost euphonium players of his generation
David Thornton (euphonium) with Stewart Death (piano)
Programme to be announced
David Thornton is regarded as one of the foremost euphonium players and teachers of his generation, who is highly respected for his work as a soloist, conductor and educator.
His work within the brass band world has seen him at the top flight for almost twenty years. He has held solo euphonium positions with the Fairey Band (1997-2000), Black Dyke (2000-2010), Brighouse & Rastrick (2011-2015) and Foden’s (2015-2016), having won five National titles, three British Opens and one European Championship during this time. In January 2017, David returned to Brighouse & Rastrick as the Musical Director of the band.
As a recording artist David has released four solo albums. His debut CD, Three Worlds, was awarded Solo CD of the Year for 2004 by the British Bandsman magazine. David followed this with two more brass band-based discs, Devil’s Duel (2007) and Sempre Libera (2014). Parallel Realities (2015), the latest recording project was awarded Solo CD of the Year 2015 by Brass Band World, British Bandsman, 4barsrest.com as well as winning a Roger Bobo Excellence in Recording Award 2016. Furthermore, David features as a soloist on 30 different albums of band music, including Epic Brass and Jubilee Brass – live recordings of two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. David has also conducted on two band albums, Perspectives of Pretoria (Wingates Band) and Shine (Les Neish solo album).
David is currently the Senior Tutor in Brass Band Studies at the RNCM, and also teaches euphonium and chamber music at Chetham’s School of Music. Many of his current and former students already hold principal positions in many leading bands around the UK.
David is a course director for the Bolsover Brass Band Summer School and has been a course tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, National Youth Brass Band of Wales, National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain and National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain.
David is a Sterling Musical Instruments performing artist and consultant and plays exclusively on the Sterling Virtuoso Euphonium. He also holds an undergraduate degree from the RNCM and a DMA from the University of Salford.
Stewart Death began his formal musical training at City University in 1984 studying piano with Alan Schiller at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating with a BSc(Hons) in music in 1987 he entered the RNCM to study piano accompaniment with David Lloyd, gaining the prestigious Professional Performers Diploma. Since leaving college he has toured throughout Europe with the Concordia Opera Trio and has been heard as an accompanist on Classic FM, BBC Radio and Independent Television. He has worked as an accompanist for Welsh National Opera and has recorded several compact discs with many different artistes including percussionist Simone Rebello and trombonist Andrew Berryman. He has recently returned from a tour of Poland and has appeared at many top venues including the Purcell Room, St. David’s Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Centre.
In 1991, he founded Travelling by Tuba a musical duo who perform around 200 concerts a year. This consists of about 30 recitals and 170 educational performances. Their extensive recital schedule has included many concerts at music clubs and festivals throughout the UK, recitals at the Bridgewater Hall, St. David’s Hall and tours to Canada, America and Europe. Recently, they have returned from Carolina where they gave the American premiere of ‘A Rhapsody for Tuba, Piano and Wind Orchestra’ by the Scottish composer Andrew Duncan with the USA Army Band (Pershings Own). They have recorded three compact discs as well as having a series of arrangements published.
As a teacher, Stewart has taught piano at Bolton School for Girls for over 20 years.