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Dr. David Thornton is regarded as one of the foremost euphonium players and teachers of his generation and has a global reputation. His work as a soloist, conductor and educator is renowned throughout the brass playing world to have a distinct hallmark of extreme virtuosity, professionalism and an ability to connect with audiences like few others in his field. 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. Born in Nottingham in 1978, David was the first ever euphonium player to gain a place at Chetham’s School of Music, one of the UK’s most prestigious institutions for specialist musical education. Since then his success has earned him many awards, such as scholarships from the Countess of Munster Trust and the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, a hatrick of solo awards at the National Euphonium Conference 1995, 1997 and 1999, first prize at the Verso Il Millenio International Euphonium Competition, but most notably as the International Euphonium Player of the Year 2001. David is constantly working to seek out new repertoire in as many different guises as possible. He has given world premieres by composers such as Philip Wilby, Peter Meechan, Simon Dobson, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, Peter Graham, Phillip Venables, Lucy Pankhurst, Richard Rock, Kit Turnbull and D. Edward Davis. 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, 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). Considering David’s relatively young age, his achievements in education are also quite remarkable. He is the Senior Tutor in Brass Band Studies at the RNCM, as well as teaching euphonium and chamber music at Chetham's School of Music. 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, National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, the International Brass Band Summer School (Swansea) and the Wessex Band Summer School. David is also a fully certified member of ABBA. David Thornton 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 Royal Northern College of Music and a DMA from the University of Salford.
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