About

Biography

Dave’s first orchestral experience came playing for Sir John Barbirolli and the Halle Orchestra whilst still at school in the late sixties.

He then went on to perform as principal/co-principal horn with:

  • 1970 – 1971 BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • 1971 – 1974 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • 1974 – 1976 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 1976 – 1981 London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 1983 – 1986 BBC Concert Orchestra
  • 1990 – 1997 Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden

He has played principal horn for all the world’s principal conductors, including Sir John Barbarolli, Sir Adrian Boult, Rudolf Kempe, Sir Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink and Guilini.

Chamber music is also important to Dave and he has performed to critical acclaim at the Wigmore Hall (Brahms Horn Trio) and the Purcell Room (Mozart Horn Quintet) with the Soloists of The Royal Opera House Orchestra. He is currently rehearsing repertoire for the formation of his Horn Trio.

He is the horn soloist with the Michael Nyman Band, touring the world and giving concerts with this exciting British composer. This year still holds visits to Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia and Portugal, and recordings of his latest opera and film scores.

He has extensive experience in the commercial world of films and television, working with leading composers and performers in their field including Henry Mancini, John Williams, Shirley Bassey and Robbie Williams to the film work of Michael Nyman, Michael Kamen and Ed Shearmur. His latest credits include solo horn for Michael Kamen on the Band of Brothers series for television, and solo horn on the recently released film of Phantom of the Opera. His close association over the last 20 years with Andrew Lloyd Webber has involved his participation on all his recorded works on film, CD and television, including his 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall. He is playing on his latest released album Phantasia.

Following his involvement performing and recording with the pop group Morcheeba the lead singer Skye Edwards features as guest soloist on Dave’s debut album Under the Influence now on release with Quartz.