Dave King leads two choirs in Wiltshire (Akabella and Macapello) and has published 4 books of his SATB arrangements for Community Choirs – The Sumptuous Songbooks 1,2, 3 and 4 – arrangements of various pop and jazz classics which are easy to sing and full of juicy harmonies.
Dave is the original all-round musician!
He studied Music in York, where he sang in the renowned Chapter House Choir, played oboe in various ensembles, worked as a keyboard player in several local jazz and rock bands, sang and played various wind instruments in a folk group, as well as being heavily involved in contemporary composition as a singer, composer and performer.
In the 1980s Dave worked for seven years as Musical Director and multi-instrumentalist with Horse + Bamboo Theatre, touring internationally and devising music for fifteen shows and projects. Since 1989 he has run his own instrument-making business, Sound World, making a wide range of instruments from bamboo, running hundreds of making workshops nationwide with children, and making large-scale sound sculptures for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Oxford Botanical Gardens and Yorkshire Sculpture Park among others; devising and running many instrument-making residencies including the Barbican Centre, London, WOMAD in Las Palmas, Caceres, Reading and Morecambe and the Eden Centre.
Dave was Musical Director and project administrator for the annual Wiltshire and Swindon Special Schools Festival from 2001 to 2010 which involved over 300 children with learning difficulties in an annual festival of song, and a featured composer with the Wiltshire Small Schools Festival in 2011 with a song cycle for primary children about Martin Luther King.
Dave is a familiar face as a pianist/composer on the south-west jazz scene and as bandleader and arranger for the popular soul/ska band Skarper, featuring vocalist Emma Harris.
Bradford on Avon