David Greenhorne

Born in Southampton in 1948, I began composing in my teens mainly for brass bands and had music published in that genre. I conducted and taught at a series of musical summer schools and was commissioned to write several musicals for these events. I also became involved in playing jazz flugelhorn and composing/arranging in a jazz quintet for a period.

Following a period where my energies where taken up mainly by a career in the aircraft industry I took up composing again some 15 years ago. Then following a move to the Bristol area I made contact with Bristol University through courses in composition taught by Jolyon Laycock and John Pickard. This encouraged me to take an MA in Advanced Musical Studies (composition) and then a PhD—which I am in the process of completing—supervised by Geoffrey Poole and latterly Neal Farwell.

My recent work has been particularly focused on the intersection of spirituality and music and includes a work for large symphony orchestra - Chetiya, the opera Passion (on the assassination of Martin Luther King), The Twenty-eight Buddhas for SATB and 5 thai gongs, River Book for solo piano, Shakti for string septet (written for The Bristol Ensemble).

In recent years I have been joint winner in the CoMA open score project (with Labyrinth) and also in the Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra’s South West Composers’ Day (with Shiva Nataraja) and continue to respond to requests to compose and arrange in a more popular style for amateur choirs as far afield as Wisconsin, Belfast and Essex.

The SCA online database currently lists no scores by David Greenhorne.

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