David Chatwin

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Professor of Bassoon


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  • Tutor in Bassoon.
  • Wind repertoire coach

In 1977 David joined the teaching staff at The Royal Northern College of Music and was Principal bassoon of the BBC Philharmonic for 44 years from 1972 until  2016, working with many of the greatest conductors and soloists of our times. His playing career has included at least 50 foreign tours, 250 CD’s and over 40 seasons of Royal Albert Hall Proms. He had the honour of representing the BBC Philharmonic in a World Chamber Orchestra with players from Berlin, Vienna, New York and London Philharmonic orchestras amongst many others.

David gained a scholarship to The Royal College of Music where he studied with Kerry Camden and conducting with Harvey Phillips and Vernon Handley, also attending courses with Sir Adrian Boult and George Hurst. Whilst at college he conducted the First Performance  of Arnold Bax’s earliest work, Cathleen Ni Hoolihan in1970.

The BBC Philharmonic Wind Ensemble was formed by David  and he has also conducted and coached several youth orchestras including The National Youth Orchestra  of Great Britain  and The Queensland Youth Orchestra.

He has been Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of The Chester Philharmonic Orchestra since 1991 and appointed conductor of The High Peak Orchestra in 2017.

In addition  he has conducted orchestras in Birmingham, Oldham, Sheffield  York, Kendal, Blackburn and Slaithwaite.