Musical Director – Dr. David Thornton

Dr. David Thornton is regarded as one of the foremost euphonium players and teachers of his generation and has a global reputation. His work as a soloist, conductor and educator is renowned throughout the brass playing world to have a distinct hallmark of extreme virtuosity, professionalism and an ability to connect with audiences like few others in his field.

His work within the brass band world has seen him at the top flight for almost twenty years. He has held solo euphonium positions with the Fairey Band (1997-2000), Black Dyke (2000-2010), Brighouse & Rastrick (2011-2015) and Foden’s (2015-2016), having won five National titles, three British Opens and one European Championship during this time. In January 2017, David returned to Brighouse & Rastrick as the Musical Director of the band. As a recording artist David has released four solo albums. Parallel Realities (2015), the latest recording project was awarded Solo CD of the Year 2015 by Brass Band World, British Bandsman, 4barsrest.com as well as winning a Roger Bobo Excellence in Recording Award 2016. David has also conducted on two band albums, Perspectives of Pretoria (with Wingates Band) and Shine (a Les Neish solo album).

Considering David’s relatively young age, his achievements in education are also quite remarkable. He is the Senior Tutor in Brass Band Studies at the RNCM, as well as teaching euphonium and chamber music at Chetham’s School of Music. His current and former students already hold principal positions in many leading bands around the UK.

David Thornton is a Sterling Musical Instruments performing artist and consultant and plays exclusively on the Sterling Virtuoso Euphonium. He also holds an undergraduate degree from the Royal Northern College of Music and a DMA from the University of Salford.