“Very honest stuff” – Steve Reich on ‘Morning’
The music of Welsh, London-based composer, David Braid, has been performed internationally in Europe and the Americas and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Major UK performances include Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, King’s Place, Wilton’s Music Hall, 1901 Arts Club, amongst others.
Steve Reich said of David’s work: “Morning – Integration of voice with string quartet beautifully done – particularly first entrance. Writing for instruments is solid and sounds very good to me. Very honest stuff”.
Recordsinternational.com said in a review of David’s recent CD with Toccata Classics (David Braid: Chamber and Instrumental Music): “These recent chamber works represent the mature style of an intensely self-critical composer who acknowledges a wide diversity of enthusiasms and influences, which have been thoroughly absorbed into a personal idiom”.
David studied at The Royal College of Music from 1990-94, taking joint-first study in Composition with Edwin Roxburgh and Guitar with Charles Ramirez; also attending George Benjamin’s composition classes. David subsequently undertook postgraduate composition study with Robert Saxton at The University of Oxford (St. Anne’s College) and at The Cracow Academy of Music.
He is also the recipient of a number of awards including The John Longmire Prize for Composition and the Jack Morrison Prize for Guitar, both at the Royal College of Music.
David recently won (February 2017) the Edinburgh University Brass Band Composition Prize for his work Intermezzo, Op. 51.
In spring 2017 David founded The Braid Ensemble, a chamber group of world-class performers dedicated to performing his music. They will make their London debut in late 2017: www.braidensemble.com
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David’s song cycle for mezzo-soprano and guitar, Songs of contrasting subjects (texts by Shakespeare and Bunyan) has just been published (January 2017) by Quebec-based publisher Productions D’Oz:
David’s other works involving guitar are also published by Productions D’Oz, including his duo for flute and guitar Invocation and Continuum and Perpetual Pavan, all here:
Experianza Music has also expanded its catalogue of David’s music. In addition to his work for brass band, Intermezzo (for the Crystal Palace Band) it has now published his work for clarinet and piano Invention and Fugue (plus trumpet and cornet versions of that work) and his new work for vibraphone and piano Four silver lines:
David’s collection of solo lute works Return to Wonderland was published this summer (2016) by Paris-based foundation Le Luth Doré: