Double bass one day workshop with David Heyes


A one-day double bass workshop will be held at Green Hammerton Village Hall (Harrogate Rd, Green Hammerton, York YO26 8AE) on Sunday 5 March 2017 from 10.00am until 4.30pm.

Directed by David Heyes and sponsored by Recital Music ( and Wells Cathedral School ( the workshop is open to bassists of all ages and abilities, from about grade 4 level.

Recital Music workshops are known for their flexible, friendly and welcoming approach allowing bassists to develop double bass skills in a positive and encouraging environment. An informal concert at 4.00pm will include some of the music studied during the workshop, and family and friends and welcome to attend free of charge.


The workshop will include:



£35.00 - Adult / £25.00 - Child/Student
Fee includes morning coffee and afternoon tea but not lunch.
The first 10 applications will also receive a copy of 'Sahara' for or 'Postcards from Prague', both for unaccompanied double bass and composed by David Heyes


Please contact Recital Music ( / 01963-370051) if you have any questions and for an application form.


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  • Faculty








    DAVID HEYES studied double bass with Laurence Gray and Bronwen Naish, later at the Royal College of Music in London and completed his post-graduate studies in Prague with Frantisek Posta (Principal Double Bass, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). He has given recitals and masterclasses in 13 countries over the past few years and has been a juror at a number of international competitions, twice as chairman.

    David has been Specialist Double Bass Tutor at Wells Cathedral School for 18 years, and for a year was Contemporary Performer-in-Residence at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is a founder member of Ensemble Bassissimo, Basso Bravura! (with soprano Sarah Poole) and is Artistic Director of Bass-Fest.

    David's collaborative work gained him a prestigious award from the David Walter Charitable Trust of New York for his pioneering activities as a soloist, teacher, publisher and commissioner of new music for double bass. He works with composers throughout the world and is particularly interested to expand the double bass repertoire, by commissioning new works and by rediscovering forgotten ones. Since 1990 more than 500 works have been written for him - from one to twenty basses and from beginner to virtuoso - and he has premiered nine contemporary concertos with orchestra.

    David has transcribed more than 200 works for double bass and in recent years has composed a number of original works which have been performed both nationally and internationally. Six works inspired by the centenary of the First World War have been particularly successful and his choral and vocal music has been performed in Britain and America. He was a Featured Composer at 2015 Galicia Graves International Double Bass Competition, composed 'Sahara' as an imposed work for the competition, and returns as 'Featured Composer' in 2017. Over the past three years David's works have been performed in ten countries (UK, USA, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Venezuela, Turkey, Mexico, Czech Republic and Australia).

    In 1986 David founded the publishing company Recital Music, which now has the largest catalogue of double bass music in the world, and has written articles and reviews for the leading specialist magazines including The Strad, Bass News, Music Teacher, Double Bassist, ESTA News & Views and Classical Music.

    David has given recitals, masterclasses and workshops throughout Britain and abroad including UK (Trinity College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music), USA (University of Montana, University of North Texas), France (Paris Conservatoire), China (Central Conservatory, Beijing), Norway (Norwegian Academy of Music), Netherlands (Rotterdam Conservatoire), Spain (Palma Conservatoire, Inca School of Music), Portugal (Escola Superior de Musica, Porto), Italy (Ancona University), Czech Republic (Janacek Academy of Music, Prague Conservatoire) and Denmark (Carl Nielsen Academy, Aarhus Academy of Music).

    "... a dazzling display of the instrument's bel canto qualities" [Music & Musicians magazine]

    "... wonderfully well played, the dazzling passage-work splendidly executed with cheerful geniality" [Bath Chronicle]

    "...a sparkling performance" [Bath Concertino)

    "You are doing excellent work for the Bass World. Your students and the Wells Cathedral School students are lucky!!" [Simon Garcia, Spanish composer-bassist]

    "...a consummate performer, totally committed to today's music - every composer's dream. A rare double bassist who connects so directly with his audience, David is a true virtuoso - breath-taking technique alongside passionate expression."
    [Sadie Harrison, eminent and successful Australian composer]

    "...You certainly command a wonderful, re-creative and innovative double bass section within the String Department of Wells Cathedral School. A seriously brilliant, singular and on-going achievemnt by you in the challenging world of education. Excellent stuff! I look forward to many more workshops under your incomparable, inspiring and guiding leadership." [John Alexander, British composer]

    "David Heyes...inspirational Godfather of the international double bass world." [Katrina Gordon, Scottish composer and inspirational teacher and educator]

  • Timetable

    9.30-10.00 Registration
    10.00 Technique & Warm-Up
    10.45 Massed Bass Orchestra
    11.20 Morning Coffee
    11.40 Bass Ensembles or Scale Studies
    12.30 Massed Bass Orchestra
    1.00 Lunch
    1.45 Masterclass / Open Lesson
    2.45 New Repertoire
    3.15 Massed Bass Orchestra
    3.45 Afternoon Tea
    4.00 Informal Concert
    4.30 End of Workshop

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