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David Stanhope : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Little ripper march : brass band by David Stanhope, from the CD Music for winds II

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Date of Birth: 19th December, 1952 (Sutton Coldfield, UK)

DAVID STANHOPE Biography 2016

David Stanhope is a freelance conductor, composer and pianist. Engagements with the Australian Opera, State Opera of South Australia and Opera Queensland have included the Australian stage première season of Berg's Lulu, the Sydney and Melbourne premières of Janacek's The Makropulos Secret, as well as seasons of Peter Grimes, Hansel and Gretel, Salome, Ariadne Auf Naxos, Eugene Onegin, La Traviata, Jenufa, Fidelio, Albert Herring, Turn Of The Screw, Dialogues of the Carmelites and The Pearlfishers. He is a guest conductor and recording artist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, including CDs, concerts and engagements with all the major Australian orchestras, Sydney Alpha Ensemble, The Australian Ballet and the Australia Ensemble. He conducted Australian tours for the State Russian Ballet and the Kiev Ballet.

David has conducted the soundtracks of Babe, Children Of The Revolution, Paradise Road and Passion. For the last-named film he also recorded all the solo piano repertoire for the film and is the hand "double" for Richard Roxburgh.

He has written numerous compositions for all kinds of instrumental and vocal ensembles, but is especially known as a writer for wind band and brass. He won the ensemble section of the International Horn Society composition contest in 1979 with a horn octet. Wind band and brass band works of his have been competition test pieces both in Britain and Australia. His compositions include several items commissioned for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and 2006 Asian Games, the suite for string orchestra, String Songs, the double trumpet Battle Concerto written for Geoffrey Payne and James Morrison, and the three-act opera Dracula. Tall Poppies records have released CDs of his wind band music, 'Little Ripper!', and brass chamber music entitled 'Sydney Brass plays Stanhope'.

David Stanhope played french horn for several years, mostly as a freelance. He was a member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra before working in London. He moved to Sydney in 1979 before moving to Robertson in 2014. In 1984 he changed instrument to bass trombone.

As a pianist, he has made recordings with EMI, and in 1980 undertook a concerto tour for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ABC Classics has released several CDs with him as solo pianist. Tall Poppies records have released 4 CDs - 'Virtuoso Transcriptions', 'David Stanhope plays', 'A Virtuoso Recital' and 'TEN' - the original Chopin studies and Godowsky's Studies on the Studies Opus 10, also available on youtube.

David Stanhope — current to June 2016

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
2nd Royal fanfare : full orchestra (2006) Commissioned for the Asian Games 2006
1st Royal Fanfare : full orchestra (2006) Commissioned for Asian Games 2006
Asian Games Fanfares 1,2,3 : full orchestra (2006) Commissioned for the Asian Games 2006