David McBride was born in 1948 and began to compose at age of eight. At twelve, he was awarded an exhibition to the RCM Junior Department to study composition piano. He had help with composition from Benjamin Britten and was awarded a Composition Scholarship to the RCM 1967. David studied composition with Philip Cannon and piano with John Lill and obtained a BMus and GRSM. He has won a number if prizes for orchestral music, chamber music and songs, and has had many performances.
David McBride has been a teacher at the RCM Junior Department from1972. He has also spent many years as deputy teacher at Senior RCM and as a teacher at the London College of Music including ‘London College of Music at Thames Valley University’. He won the Guiness Prize for Composition resulting in performance of his Clarinet Quintet by the Nash Ensemble with Antony Pay.
Numerous pieces of David’s have been performed at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall and he has had pieces broadcast on the BBC. He has been composing a large amount of music (much of it for piano) exploring the expressive aspects of heterophony.
Faculties / departments: Junior Department
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