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Adkins, David

Adkins, David

David Adkins was born in Edgbaston, in the English Midlands in 1958. He began his musical education as a chorister. He plays the organ and the trombone and also sings. He was Sir William Paddy Organ Scholar of St. John's College, University of Oxford from 1977 until 1980, where he obtained an Honours Degree in Music. He went on to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Master of Music degree in Composition at the University of London. His subsequent career has combined teaching, choir training, composition and organ playing. In 1995, the percussion section of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain recorded his ‘Changes' for ten percussion players. Parts of his 'All Saints' Day Music' (published by Fagus) and 'Book of Apostles' were played at the Annual Festival of New Organ Music in London in the autumn of 2007. Other compositions include songs, a Prelude and Fugue for brass trio, a trio for oboe, clarinet and French horn, and 'Steel', a twelve-minute work for violin, 'cello, flute, clarinet and piano. He has been in charge of the music of several London churches and was, for eight years, Director of Music to the Society of Our Lady of Pewe in Westminster Abbey. He has given organ recitals in England, France, Germany and the United States and has made several CD recordings.

Sheet Music Pieces

David Adkins - Romance, Opus 118 No. 5 (Wind Quintet)
Order Code: B&D13701

This is an arrangement for wind quintet of a late piano work by Brahms. There is not enough music, that communicates the deepest of human emotions, available for wind quintet at present, either as original compositions or in arrangements. By making this arrangement David has contributed to remedying this shortage, as well as bringing a powerful piece to the attention of musicians and audiences who might not otherwise come across it. The arrangement seeks to preserve the textural clarity and sensuous melodic lines of the original. Much of the richness and late romantic warmth of the arrangement comes from Brahms' flexibility of rhythm and tonality. This piece can be played by an ensemble where nobody is beyond the standard of Grade 8 Associated Board, which would include most adult amateur wind quintets. For secondary schools, community performing groups, teaching studios, colleges, conservatories, amateurs, libraries and professionals.

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