david bray

conductor, composer, trumpet player and music educator

David Bray is a musician based in Northamptonshire and works mainly in the East Midlands, West Midlands and London areas.

He has conducted a wide range of orchestras, brass bands, wind bands, choirs and other ensembles. He has performed in all of the UK's major concert venues. He specialises in performance of contemporary and early music. He is a composer, author and trumpet player, including natural trumpet and cornett (occasional). He provides singing lessons, brass lessons and piano lessons in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire.

He also teaches musicianship, theory and composition.

His experience includes professional work as a trumpet player, where he gained an outstanding reputation in performance of Baroque music in particular, along with standard orchestral repertoire. He conducted the Northern New Music Players, Cambridge Wind Soloists and several other award-winning groups.

David was the County Music Adviser for Northamptonshire for over ten years and has written a wide range of books and other publications on music education including Teaching Music In The Secondary School (Heinemann) and Creating A Musical School (OUP). He founded the Northamptonshire County Youth Choir, conducting them in a series of concerts, festivals and recordings over a ten year period. They were twice finalists in the televised Sainsbury's Choir of the Year competition, performed on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and received outstanding performance awards at the National Festival of Music for Youth. They were chosen to perform at Sir Malcolm Arnold's 75th birthday concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and at the Schools' Prom in the Albert Hall, as well as winning prizes at Montreux and Riva del Garda international festivals. An adjudicator described them 'as extremely fine in every way'.

He leads workshops in schools, for various music organisations and with adult and youth choirs. He is a trustee for several charities.

Please contact him for further information.


Choir of the year


Various music examples

Some thoughts on various things