Scotland born, Manchester based conductor, David Hamilton is the Musical Director of the Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel Band. David followed in both of his parents’ footsteps in taking up a brass instrument at an early age, settling quickly on the tuba. Initial study at the Junior Academy of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland led to early musical experiences with the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and European Youth Brass Band.
As a tuba player David has worked with the BBC Philharmonic, The Orchestra of Opera North, The Harvestehuder Sinfonieorchester (Hamburg) and as a soloist in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. He has also recently been working as a Guest Conductor with Salford Symphony Orchestra.
David took up conducting whilst still at secondary school and quickly made a name for himself by winning the National Association of Brass Band Conductors’ Competition and has benefited from masterclasses and coaching from such notable conductors as Garry Walker, Alasdair Mitchell, Nigel Boddice, Ray Farr and Russell Gray.
David has conducted brass bands and wind bands at all levels including Camborne Town, Blackburn & Darwen and now Yorkshire Imps. He juggles his conducting and teaching commitments alongside playing regularly with the country’s top brass bands such as the the Black Dyke Band, Fairey Band, Carlton Main and Brighouse & Rastrick.