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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

NEWS: New CD/download with Divine Art Recordings Group:

Songs, solos and duos:

Release date: 20th October:

Taster track: Upon Silver Trees (Emily Gray: mezzo-soprano)


NEWS: now published by Doberman-Yppan:

1st. Symphony, Op. 50:


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”.

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 February 2018 at the Schott Recital Room:


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 the violin/guitar version of 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 its trumpet and cornet versions) and a new work for vibraphone & piano Four silver lines:

David’s collection of solo lute works Return to Wonderland was published in 2016 by Paris-based foundation Le Luth Doré:

The alto flute/guitar version of David’s duo Perpetual Pavan, Op. 19 (which also exists in numerous other versions: baroque violin/lute (8c); violin/guitar (see above); violin/piano; alto flute/piano) is published by Trubcher Music:


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British composer, New CD out with Toccata Classics - "Chamber and Instrumental Music" Instrument - lute/guitar, 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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