About the Artist
"A wonderful musician of the highest quality. A joy to write for both him and an instrument of such beauty and agility." - Karl Jenkins OBE
Since winning the Brass Final of the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2000, euphonium virtuoso David Childs has carved a singular career as the preeminent exponent of his instrument.
A featured soloist with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra and more, David has given concerto performances at such prestigious venues as the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Lincoln Center & Carnegie Hall, New York; and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Symphony Hall, & Royal Albert Hall, London. His solo appearances have included the BBC Proms, Welsh Proms, and the Cheltenham, Harrogate, New York, Melbourne & Singapore International Festivals.
David has toured extensively as a soloist in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong, and across Europe & the US. He also regularly records as a solo artist for radio, television & commercial disc, and has been featured in Classic FM, Gramophone, Classical Music, and MUSO magazines.
From Ophicleide To…
David has been a professional euphonium soloist for over a decade, and constantly strives to further the profile and development of his instrument, and the repertoire and opportunities available to himself and other artists.
He has personally commissioned a wealth of new works for euphonium, and secured the instrument’s inclusion in many of the world's highest profile venues, festivals and events. David has also now founded, together with colleagues, Euphonium Foundation UK, a not for profit organisation aimed to further and perpetuate the development of the euphonium and associated repertoire.
To date David has focused on developing the euphonium as a classical solo recital instrument, and in an orchestral & large ensemble (symphonic wind orchestra / brass band) setting. He proposes to use the support of this Creative Wales Award to pursue the development of the instrument in a new and very different manner, experimenting with non-traditional / Western-classical settings, and particularly working with electronics and new technology.
He believe this work could lead to considerable additional performance opportunities for the instrument, something which is vital for what remains, despite the instrument's popularity and all the very valuable work undertaken to date, an increasingly marginalised solo in an ever-increasingly digitally-based era.
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