David H Butler...Biography

David H. Butler was born in London and studied violin and composition at the Guildhall School of Music (1971-75), studying composition with Patrick Standford. At 18 he wrote and performed his own Violin Concerto. At 20 he won The Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for a Concertino for Two violins and Orchestra. John Georgiadis and the London Concert Orchestra performed his ‘Czardas’ for violin and orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. ‘City Of Dreams’ for orchestra was commissioned and performed by The Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Australia. Collaboration with the jazz saxophonist Barbara Thompson, the Medici String Quartet and George Martin produced a CD featuring some of David’s chamber music. ‘Hale Bopp’ for 9 instruments was written for and played by The Covent Garden Soloists. Three Blue Mice for concert wind band was commissioned and performed in Hertfordshire. David has written five music dramas for children, and a ballet called ‘Evolution’ choreographed by a member of the Royal Ballet and performed at The Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage. ‘Armenian Impressions’ for the Violin and Cello, written for the Duo Erand has received performances in Russia and Germany and the Wigmore Hall, London. Recent performances include Summer Music for violin, Viola and organ/Orchestra. ‘Homage to the Queen’, based on music by Malcolm Arnold and commissioned by The Royal Opera House. ‘Dance Online’ a virtuosic piece for Flute and Piano was performed by Matthew Butler (a nephew) and recorded by BBC television. Works in progress include a Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and a ballet called Zodiac. David plays in the first violin section of the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House.

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