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David Allen is an emerging professional musician and composer of music for film, theatre, concert halls and choirs.
Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne in the north of England, David has always immersed himself in numerous musical traditions – as a clarinettist in regional orchestras, an organist frequently hired for work all over the country, and also as the pianist in a large jazz band. Now based in London, David works as a freelance composer, musical director and performer for events throughout the UK.
David's music composition skills are wide-ranging and have at times been described as representing musical neoconservative post-modernism, while at other times embodying a more mainstream interpretation of contemporary dramatic underscore. He composes mainly in a traditional orchestral style, but also uses a mix of cutting-edge synthesisers and electronics when working on more modern scores to give his music that extra edge.
Dramatic scores for film and theatre have ranged from minimalist scores inspired by Thomas Newman and Michael Nyman, through to a romantic style more associated with Hans Zimmer and John Williams. More unusual scores have drawn upon the styles of Arvo Pärt and John Taverner, and David's keen intentions to write music that adds extra depth and interpretation onto the drama have resulted in the combination of Gregorian plainchant, medieval folk dances, Viennese waltzes and Baroque fugues on different occasions that required the most delicate and authentic musical backing.
David studied music at Oxford University, where he was awarded the organ scholarship from St Edmund Hall; and earned a First in both film music and music composition, the latter of which he studied under the tutelage of Andrew Gant, Guy Newbury and Robert Saxton. He studied the organ with Geoffrey Watson and John Wellingham, and became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists in 2009.