Dave Danford is rapidly building a reputation as one of the UKís finest young soloists. His virtuosic performances from a unique and accessible solo repertoire continue to engage audiences throughout the country.
Dave Danford was born in Swansea, South Wales in 1984 and gained his first performing experience with the various ensembles run by West Glamorgan Music Service before progressing to lead the percussion sections of some of the UKís finest youth ensembles including the National Youth Brass Band of Wales and the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. Following a few years under the guidance of successful freelance percussionist Graham Bradley, Dave chose to study with Chris Stock (principal percussionist - BBC NOW) at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where his abilities as a soloist were constantly recognized with concerto performances with the brass band, wind orchestra and symphony orchestra and he became the first percussionist to win the collegeís annual concerto competition.
After graduating from the college, Dave embarked on a career as a full-time percussion soloist. His varied musical endeavors have included concerto performances, solo recitals, studio recordings and master-classes. He has performed as a soloist in many of the UKís finest concert halls including Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Sage Gateshead and St. Davidís Hall, Cardiff.
Dave Danfordís unique solo repertoire is chosen carefully with the intention of being accessible to every concert audience. This wide range of repertoire includes major concertos for orchestra, wind orchestra and brass band, solo percussion items from around the world and new concert-piece commissions from the UKís finest composers.
Outside of the classical music scene, Dave Danford has also had success in the recording studio with a duo of top dance music exponents. He has recorded tracks with international dance producer Darren Tate and is a regular collaborator with BBC Radio 1 DJ Judge Jules.