David continues to accompany a whole host of singers, instrumentalists, choirs and ensembles, and has experience accompanying virtually every imaginable musical style. He has accompanied many exams and assessments with all the major boards, right from pre-Grade 1 to diploma level.
He has been a church organist since the age of 14, accompanying a variety of choirs and church groups, in addition to playing for regular services. He has worked with local amateur dramatics and drama groups, accompanying several major musical theatre productions including Bugsy Malone, Crazy for You, The Little Shop of Horrors and Guys & Dolls.
David thoroughly enjoys accompanying and realising that a good accompanist can make all the difference to a successful performance, his skills have often been described as ‘sensitive’, ‘confident’ and ‘reassuring’.
David can normally accompany exams with all the exam boards, and at all grades. In particular, he is often in demand to accompany at Sutton Coldfield where there are often several weeks of exams each session.
Accompanying for exams is charged in two parts: firstly any rehearsals, and secondly, the exam itself.
1. Exam Rehearsals
The number of rehearsals needed will depend on a number of factors:
- Whether the candidate has played with the ‘live’ accompaniment to their pieces before;
- Whether they need help with and practise at the aural tests;
- How confident they are with the pieces;
- How much has been covered in their lessons.
As a rough guide, the following is recommended, but dependent on the above, more or less time may be necessary:
|Preliminary Grades||1 x 30 minutes|
|Grades 1-5||2 x 30 minutes|
|Grades 6-8||2 x 45 minutes|
Rehearsals are charged as follows:
2. Exam Accompaniment
Because grades with each exam board often vary in length, David offers a simple fee structure for the exam itself dependent on the length:
|Up to 10 minutes||£14.00|
|Up to 15 minutes||£16.50|
|Up to 20 minutes||£19.00|
|Up to 25 minutes||£21.50|
|Up to 30 minutes||£24.00|
These prices include David’s travel; where there is more than one candidate to accompany, these prices will be adjusted to reflect that. To enquire about accompanying, or to discuss your requirements further please click here.