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David Childs

The grandson and son of well-respected euphonium players from the Welsh Valleys, and himself described by The Observer as ‘a great ambassador for the euphonium, possessing an astonishing technique and an engaging stage presence’, David Childs is regarded as one of the finest brass musicians of his generation, touring extensively throughout Asia, continental Europe, and North America, and recording actively for radio, television, and CD. He has appeared as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Manchester Concert Orchestra, and RTÉ Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, Welsh National Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and many of the finest brass bands and military bands in both the UK and USA. He has made solo appearances at the Singapore International Festival of Arts, Harrogate International Festivals, Cheltenham Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, BBC Proms, and New York Festivals, given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and Bridgewater Hall, and performed concertos at the Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, New York.

A keen advocate of new music, David Childs has premièred fifteen concertos for euphonium, including The Sunne Rising – The King Will Ride by Alun Hoddinott, in a Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms broadcast, the Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra by Sir Karl Jenkins, at the US première in Carnegie Hall, the Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra by Christian Lindberg, in its UK premiere, directed by the composer, and the Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra by Paul Mealor, in its world première at the Welsh Proms. In 2018 he was appointed Professor of Euphonium at the University of North Texas and he continues to enjoy an association with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as an Honorary Associate and International Visiting Tutor. He is a founding member of Eminence Brass, Artistic Director of Cardiff Symphonic Winds, Editor of the magazine Brass Band World, and a Buffet Crampon Besson Artist. Through his own performances David Childs continues to showcase the euphonium as a serious solo vehicle within the world of classical music, leading the way for euphonium players worldwide.

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