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“Very honest stuff” – Steve Reich on ‘Morning’
“Certainly one of the most distinctive and beautiful new-music albums of recent times,” Presto Classical

Santiago – Sophia Brumfitt: soprano & David Braid: music/guitar

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”. 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”.

Coloratura – David Braid: music/mandolin

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; plus the Edinburgh University Brass Band Composition Prize.

In spring 2017 David founded The Braid Ensemble, a chamber group of world-class performers dedicated to performing his music. They made their London debut in July 2018 at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room:

This year (2020) David also founded The Braid – a different chamber group of soprano, viola and guitar/mandolin, this time focussed on his works for voice (without piano). Their debut concert is in December at Lauderdale House in London.


All of David’s works involving guitar and/or mandolin – songs, duos (with violin, viola, flute, unspecified instrument), ensemble works with viola, piano, voice, clarinet, etc. (plus his 1st Symphony) – are published by Doberman-Yppan/Productions D’OzDavid Braid publisher’s page

His works for lute (songs and solos) are published in 2016 by Paris-based foundation
Le Luth Doré

Recent audio releases – downloads on all platforms:

Cinematic Memories  – all instruments: David Braid:

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– April Improvisation 

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British composer, New CD out with Toccata Classics - "Chamber and Instrumental Music" Instruments - guitar/mandolin/lute Graduate of: Royal College of Music, University of Oxford, Cracow Academy of Music.


  1. wonderful issues altogether, you simply won a new reader.
    What could you recommend about your post that you simply made some days ago?
    Any positive?

    • thanks – which post do you mean? the one about fugues? how can I help – with recommending repertoire? – if so then Shostakovich 15th quartet – 1st movement, Ligeti: Musica Ricecar (last movement – 12 note fugue)

  2. Kerry says

    Hi David, what type of archtop do you use, is it an Ibanez Artcore series? Really interesting to see its use for classical, great tone. Look forward to hearing more of your compositions. Thanks, Kerry

    • thanks Kerry, yes it is an artcore AF5 – BUT I have changed the pickups to Seymour Duncans and replaced the plastic nut with camelbone – which I carved myself (for 5 hours!) the amp is an AER Compact 60 mark III – with an electric the amp is half of the guitar – so I took a long time choosing this and much advice! – my new CD will have lots of archtop pieces on it. more here if of interest:

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