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About David Wood

David Wood is an award winning musician and businessman who has spent his entire working life in the music and intellectual property industries. As well as performing and recording in his early career; David has gone on to gain an in-depth knowledge of retailing, e-tailing, marketing, manufacturing, licensing, distribution, digital rights management, music law, finance and strategic planning through over thirty-five years of experience and study.

David was recipient of a 'Musical Director of the Year' award from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association in 1987 and the 'Lancaster City Council Business of the Year' award in 1997. He previously sat on the BBC local advisory council, the board of the education and music charity 'More Music', and judging panels for music competitions. He has been a music industry commentator for media and broadcasting organisations, panellist at international music conferences, guest speaker at higher education institutions and appeared in the Who's Who of Britain's Business Elite in 2002.

He holds the post-nominal letters HonsFDip FRSA AmusLCM DipMusT after been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the 'Independent Contemporary Music Awards' in 1987; made a Fellow of the 'Royal Society of Arts' in 2012; gained an 'ICMA' Diploma in Music Theory in 1987 and a 'London College of Music' Associateship Diploma in harmony, counterpoint, musical form and history of music in 1987.

David has had an exciting and fruitful career. Through various business ventures, he has worked with some of the World's most talented people; released music by household name artistes; developed an intellectual property portfolio; had a string of hits in the charts including a number one; built one of the largest and best stocked music shops in the North of England; been involved in a business that floated on the London Stock Exchange [AIM]; had music on Hollywood films; negotiated licensing deals with major international music and media companies; had external consultancy roles with third-party companies; made investments across the World; developed various brands; become the UK home for several international musical instrument manufacturers; made both acquisitions and divestments; negotiated a joint venture agreement with one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the World; played for some of the most extravagant parties held; had music on adverts of World leading brands; built a capital portfolio; and had fantastic fun on the way.

With a multipotentialite entrepreneurial approach to business, David has developed a diversified portfolio of business interests which are predominantly based around non-aggressive, low risk investments. Shareholdings include Promenade Music, Faith & Hope Records, Berkshire Hathaway, Sony, Apple, CBS, Merlin Entertainments, Coca-Cola and Viacom; plus profit sharing vehicles and new seed funded start-ups. Intellectual property includes brands, trademarks and copyrights. Commercial property includes around fourteen-thousand sq ft of mortgage free propert that incudes retail, workshop, office, studio and warehousing. More about these businesses below.

David has had several life-changing Mentors and Influencers. They include the late Major Peter Parkes, an award winning brass conductor and director of music of the Royal Engineers and Grenadier Guards. The late Edmond J Safra, one of the most accomplished bankers in history and chairman of Safra Republic Holdings S.A; founder of Republic National Bank, founder of Trade Development Bank, co-founder of Banco Safra S.A and co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management. Doug D'Arcy, the president of Chrysalis Records International, director of Chrysalis Group Ltd and co-founder of the Association of Independent Music. Keith Harris, the ex general manager of Promenade Music. The late Tony Wilson, broadcaster, co-founder of Factory Records and co-founder of the Hacienda nightclub. The late Sir John Denis Forman OBE, a chairman of Granada Television, deputy chairman of the Royal Opera House and council member of the Royal Northern College of Music. David says, "I learned quickly that running a business can be a risky and lonely place. No matter how big your organisation is, everyone faces problems and no two organisations are the same. It doesn't matter whether you're a sole-trader with no employees or the CEO with thousands of employees; at some point, everyone needs professional and emotional support and having someone to call who's been there and done it is an absolute Godsend".

David has held several Advisory Roles with the founders and/or CEO's of private and publicly traded companies in the music, mobile entertainment, broadcast media, asset management and banking industries. Most of this work has been related to the management, strategy, exploitation, acquisition, divestment and valuation of intellectual property in respect of content, royalties, rights management, patents and trademarks. Although he has predominantly worked with entities that have financial and intellectual property interests in the UK, Western Europe, US and Asia; he has also worked on projects where the interests have been in former state-owned enterprises that went through privatization - or voucher privatization - in Russia and Eastern Europe.

David has been devoted to Life-long Study through a love of formal and autodidact learning. He enjoys professional development study through personal reading, traditional continuing education academic study, and via edX courses provided by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology via MOOC. David is currently studying Operational Business and Management [organisational behaviour, business economics and operations management] at University of Cambridge. He is also studying various areas of Technology Business and Management [managing innovative technology, technology and business valuation, and taking software and digital ideas to market] at University of Oxford. In the late 90's, he began studying Business & Finance and certain topics fascinated him including the principles and mechanics of fundamental analysis; financial statement analysis; financial wrongdoings [detection, methods, traits, culture, risk probability]; finance [interest rates, inflation, bonds, exchange rates, capital structures]; Investment Strategies [value investing and contrarian crowd behaviour]; and Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestments. In 1991, he studied Law in Lancaster and particularly enjoyed how law applies to the music and intellectual property industries in respect of contracts, rights management, trademarks, patents, competition, licencing, synchronization and samples. He also has an interest in distribution agreements in respect of revenue sharing mechanisms via supply chains including dealer, agent, distribution and fiduciary agreements. In 1989, he immersed himself in the study of Retail & Branding through the world of musical instrument retail (after he opened Promenade Music when he was 23 years old). He studied its many areas including purchasing, sales, marketing, customer service, health and safety, warehousing, branding, logistics, e-tailing, retail accounting, compliance, instrument design and the history of musical instrument manufacturers. In 1985, he studied Sound Recording at School of Sound Recording [aka SSR] in Manchester where he extended his knowledge of recording techniques, recording equipment, editing, mixing, mastering and the manufacturing process. In 1983, David studied Music in Huddersfield where he was able to develop his playing, theory, harmony, arranging, conducting and performance technique.

David's Early Professional Life in the music industry was diverse. He played and recorded; worked as an arranger, proof-reader and copyist for independent music publishers; and taught in private practice where his pupils had a one-hundred-percent pass rate in both graded and diploma examinations. As a young Musician, he played in bands, orchestras, theatre pits and ran his own function band which played for some of the most extravagant private parties and corporate events both here in the UK and abroad. He went on to play somewhere in the region of four-thousand live and theatre engagements in his career - both as a player and musical director - with some of the UK's most talented musicians, singers and entertainers. David's interest in Sound Recording began when he was very young; and by the time he was fourteen, he was recording and making cassettes to sell at his first summer season. In 1981, he was making extended play versions of 7" records for DJ's; and with the encouragement and contacts of a local record store owner [Mike Hargreaves] he made his first commercially sold cassette in the breakdance craze of 1982. Whilst studying at SSR in Manchester in 1985; he got a part-time job in a studio [initially making tea] where he ended up doing everything from preparing sessions and setting up microphones to tape-op'ing and cutting & splicing. In 1986, he began working as a jingle writer, creating adverts for agencies and broadcasters through his newly created 'St Aubyns Sound Recordings' that was eventually swallowed up by the Oyston family's Trans World Communications. In the mid-late 1990's, he started the media and marketing recording business 'Four 0 Four' which supplied voice-overs, sound beds and developed one of Europe's largest Ringtone catalogues which were primarily sold Worldwide through UK based mobile content company Monstermob which he was involved in. Around the same time, he started the location recording business 'Digital Mobile Recordings' which is a fully transportable, state of the art digital recording system; and co-founded Faith & Hope Records Limited [see below] with his ex-pupil Neil Claxton [aka Mint Royale]. After Faith & Hope opened its doors in 1997, David quickly realised that if the business was to survive, he needed to understand every aspect of the record industry including recording, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, licencing and all the legal and royalty collection aspects. In the mid 2000's, he became involved in the management of the catalogue analysis, audio restoration and potential commercialisation and exploitation of part of the output of the Soviet 'All-Union Radio' official network output that was recorded under Soviet state Gosteleradio. The project ended abruptly in 2010 because of the Russian wildfires around Moscow. 

Music was by far the biggest part of David's Childhood. When he was born, his parents [Syd and Barbara Wood] were living on the Lupset estate in West Yorkshire. He lived on Lupset until he was five, and after a brief move to a new home two miles away, the family finally settled down in the seaside town of Morecambe when he was six after his parents got a job managing a guest house for blind people. His mother [a singer and pianist] and grandmother [a horn player] were keen for him to have lessons and he began trombone, piano and theory lessons at the age of six. By the age of ten, he was having weekly trombone, piano, theory, organ, bass and singing lessons with some of the best local teachers including Sam B Wood, Ronnie French, David Kellett, Madam Patti Regina, Bill Ibbotson and Susan Fielding. Whilst at school, practicing and experimenting with recording equipment consumed David's life. He played in a local brass band, Lancashire county ensembles and occasionally travelled to London to play in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He entered and won music festivals; and as a boy soprano played the King in the children's opera 'All the King's men' by the late Richard Rodney Bennett. He began playing in his parents guest house when he was only nine years old, and played his first "properly paid gig" when he was twelve [1978] and his first summer season at fourteen [1980]. He continued to gig and record through his school years and at seventeen [1983], he auditioned for Lancashire county chief music officer Malcolm Doley who gave him a discretionary grant to study at music in Huddersfield. As a child, David's Grandmother and two of his teachers [Ronnie French and Joe Kenyon] were also had a big influence on him. His grandmother indoctrinated him in to the belief that musical progression is simply down to 'practice maths'. I.e. You can practice for 3 hours a day for 5 years, 1 hour a day for 15 years, 1/2 an hour a day for 30 years, or 1/4 of an hour a day for 60 years and they all add up to the same thing".

Personal Life: David is incredibly proud of his two grown up children and grandson [Freddie]. David's Son [Harrison Wood] is an award winning bass player who was awarded the Royal Northern College of Music [aka RNCM] Yorke Trust Bass Prize, Junior RNCM Director's Prize and a Scholarship. As a student, he played in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Halle Youth Orchestra, RNCM Ensembles and the Conservatoires UK Big Band. Whilst in the Beats & Pieces Big Band, he won the European Young Artists Jazz Award, Best UK Newcomers in the Jazz FM Awards and Ensemble of the Year in the UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards. He now plays for west end shows and is a session player working in many of London's famous studios. David's Daughter [Jess Wood] is an award winning percussionist who appeared in the televised BBC Young Musician Percussion Final in 2014. Whilst studying at Junior RNCM for eight years; she played in the National Children's Orchestra and National Youth Wind Orchestra as principal percussionist. She won a scholarship to study for four years at the Royal College of Music [aka RCM] in London, and gained a 1st class BMus(hons) degree and was awarded the prestigious 2019 RCM Tagore Gold Medal. She won the 2019 Bell Music Award, played on a Hyperion Records recording, on the UK tour of Evita, the Best of the West End at the Royal Albert Hall and with the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras. Immediately after leaving RCM, she got her first percussion chair in the West End at the London Palladium. David's Girlfriend is the British cellist and chamber music specialist Rachel Lucy Moore who he has known since they were both in their thirties. Rachel has taught at the Royal Northern College of Music - since the age of twenty-two - on their award winning Young Strings project and in their Junior Department. She also teaches at an independent day school [Bolton School]. More about David's musical family below

You can find David on social media at his PromMusic Twitter # and on Facebook #.

You can also check out some of David's musings about ... Importing Guitars from the US read ... Working with Martin Hannett read ... Privatization in Eastern Europe and Russia read ... The Crisis Facing Music Education in UK State Schools
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More about David's business life

- He is sole shareholder, founder and CEO of Promenade Music Limited that owns the award winning musical instrument and equipment retailer Promenade Music which has "one of the largest and best stocked music shops in the North of England" and the sales channels Big Discount Warehouse, Music4Worship and Educat. He established Promenade Music in 1989 [at the age of 23] and it now operates from commercial space that David owns in Morecambe, Lancashire. The business holds around one-million pounds [sterling] of stock from over one hundred of the World's leading iconic international music brands; and imports directly from many small boutique manufacturers from around the World. He sells via his website, on third party sales platforms, at UK music shows; and advertises to the businesses forty-thousand plus existing customers through specialist press, direct marketing, online and social media. The company also operates various diversified divisions offering a range of complimentary music services including music tuition, instrument and equipment hire, piano restoration, repairs and service, PA installation and sound recording.

- He is thirty-percent shareholder, co-founder and co-director of the British based independent record label and publishing company Faith & Hope Records Limited which he established in 1997. They are one of the few UK independent record labels and publishing companies to have entered major licensing / joint ventures with most major music companies - including Universal, EMI, BMG, Sony - which is a tribute to their visionary A&R and business skills. They have had a string of Hits and Key Tracks including the UK Number 1 'Singin' In The Rain' #, Blue Song (Top 40) #, Don't Falter featuring Lauren Laverne (Top 20) #, Take It Easy (Top 75) #, Sexiest Man In Jamaica featuring Prince Buster (Top 20) #, Tequilla - Mint Royale Mix [UK Number 2] #, Little Words featuring Duffy #, The Stone Roses Elephant Stone - Mint Royale Remix #, Something New featuring Duffy #, Wham! Bar featuring George Michael # and Show Me featuring Pos from De La Soul #. Faith & Hope have supplied music supervisors and professionals from the Worlds of film, television, advertising and games with music and their Film Credits include Vanilla Sky #, Serendipity #, Get Carter (2000 remake) #, Blind Dating #, New York Minute #, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist #, Van Wilder: Party Liaison #, Boy A #, The Hot Chick #, A Time For Dancing #, Girls on Top #, Bedazzled (2000 remake) #. TV Credits include The Inbetweeners #, Grey's Anatomy, Chuck #, Alias #, Spaced #, The Priory #, Mighty Boosh #, Malcolm In The Middle #, Shameless #, Queer As Folk #, Hotel Babylon #, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #; and Advertising Credits include World leading brands like Volkswagen #, Hugo Boss #, Kelloggs, AT&T, Honda, Mentos, Vodaphone, SKY, Jaguar, BBC Radio 1, Mars, Toyota, DFS, Nokia, and New York City #. Featured Artisits have included Mint Royale #, Duffy #, Lauren Laverne #, Pos from De La Soul #, Prince Buster #, Alpinestars #, Morning Runner #, Subaqwa #, DJ Dan & Grandadbob #, Los Paranoias #, Shirokuma #, Grand Transmitter #, Beats for Beginners #, National Forest #, Touriste #, Buen Chico #, Seerauber Jenny #, Fraction #, Budnubac #, L.C. Anderson vs. Psycho Radio #, U.R Penetrators #.

- He is sole owner and Brand Operator of Mendieta classical guitars, ResoVille resonator guitars, Paris woodwind, Westcoast guitars and Charles Howes & Son pianos.

- He has been the sole owner of the UK Trademarks for Beverley drums and percussion since 2000, Arena PA equipment since 2001, Levin guitars since 2001 and Collard & Collard pianos since 2003.

- He is Sole UK Importer for the musical instrument manufacturers Content digital classical organs form Holland; RainSong carbon graphite guitars from the USA, Marleaux bass guitars from Germany, Northwood acoustic guitars from Canada, GFI pedal steel guitars from the USA, Mullen pedal steel guitars from the USA, Krivo pick-ups from the USA, K. Yairi acoustic guitars from Japan, KLOS guitars from the USA. He is also a UK Importer (but not solely) for ToneWoodAmp from the USA, Ohana Ukuleles from the USA, Deering Banjos from the USA, Eich Amplification from Germany, Maestro Acoustic Guitars from Singapore and Kandu Cajons from Israel.

- He is a minority shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway Inc who solely own GEICO, Duracell, Dairy Queen, BNSF, Lubrizol, Fruit of the Loom, Helzberg Diamonds, Long & Foster, FlightSafety International, Pampered Chef, NetJets and significant shareholder of Pilot Flying, Kraft Heinz, American Express, Wells Fargo, The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, Apple, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines.

- He is a minority shareholder of Sony Corporation who are one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world with interests in record labels, music publishing, movies, tv shows, video games, mobile entertainment, tablets, smartphones, fitness trackers, smart watches, video games, digital entertainment, consumer electronics, professional electronics, TV manufacturing, AV manufacturing, IT, telecoms, communication products, semiconductors, video consoles, network services, medical products, financial services, banking, insurance and more.

- He is a minority shareholder of Apple Inc that sells iPhone smartphones, iPad tablets, Mac computers, iPod media players, Apple Watch smartwatches, Apple TV digital media players, AirPods wireless earbuds, HomePod smart speaker; and owns the iTunes, Safari, Shazam, iLife, iWork, Final Cut Pro, Garage Band, Logic Pro, Xcode, iTunes Store, iOS App Store, Mac App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV+, iMessage, iCloud, Apple Store, Genius Bar, AppleCare, Apple Pay, Apple Pay Cash, Apple Card and more.

- He is a minority shareholder of CBS Corporation which owns many 'CBS' branded entities including entertainment, cable networks, publishing, local media, experiences, interactive, records, sports network, television distribution, television studios, films, westinghouse licensing, showtime networks, simon & schuster and more.

- He is a minority shareholder of Merlin Entertainments PLC that own Legoland Resorts, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquariums, Gardaland, London Eye, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, Alton Towers Resort, London Dungeon, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park, Warwick Castle, Hotham Alpine Resort, Falls Creek Alpine Resort, Dreamworks Tours and more.

- He is a minority shareholder of The Coca-Cola Company who have one of the Worlds most recognizable brands. They own four of the world’s top five sparkling non-alcoholic beverages (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite); one of the most famous Coffee businesses (Costa) alongside over five hundred other beverage brands including AdeS, Ayataka, Dasani, Del Valle, Georgia, Gold Peak, Honest Tea, Innocent, Minute Maid, Powerade, Simply, Smartwater, Vitaminwater, Zico etc.

- He is a minority shareholder of Viacom Inc that own Paramount Pictures, United International Pictures, BET, CMT, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, South Park Studios, Paramount Network, Nickelodeon, Telefe, Channel 5 (UK), Viacom International and more.

- He has a twenty-five-percent profit interest in kemper profile business Skylab Audio.

- He has a twenty-percent-profit interest in the pre-school music class business Baby Band.

- He is owner of circa fourteen thousand square feet of mortgage free Commercial Property that his businesses use in Morecambe, Lancashire.

For US investments, David holds a W-8BEN Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting with the IRS, the US Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service. Through Promenade Music Limited, David has Financial Conduct Authority approval for CF8 apportionment and oversight controlled function responsibility and is the principal for both the FCA's regulatory processes system Connect and their regulatory reporting system Gabriel.

More about David's family

David's Son Harrison Wood # is a leading UK professional musician [double bass and bass guitar], band leader and businessman. Born in 1991, Harrison started playing bass as a child and began playing professionally as a teenager. He is the former principal double bassist with the Halle Youth Orchestra #, National Youth Jazz Orchestra #, #, #, #, #, #,  and his previous teachers include Jiri Hudec, Bozo Paradzik, Leon Bosch, Thomas Martin, John Goldsby, Rachel Lucy Moore, Yi Xin Salvage, David Kellett and Eddie Waring.

Harrison studied at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music aka RNCM # from 2006 to 2011, firstly as a Junior at Junior RNCM, where he was awarded the Director's Prize in 2009 and the Yorke Trust Prize for Double Bass in 2007 and 2009, and then at senior RNCM after accepting a scholarship to study there. Whilst at RNCM, Harrison was chosen to play in many RNCM college ensembles #, #, #, #, and was chosen to be the bassist for the Conservatoires UK Big Band #, # which is made up of the best players in the UK's music conservatoires.

In 2011, Harrison won the 15,000 euro Burghausen European Young Artists Jazz Award # with the Beats & Pieces Big Band and performed live on German TV #, #, #. He went on to headline London's Ronnie Scott's Club # - receiving 5* reviews in the Telegraph # and Guardian # newspapers - and played a series of international jazz festivals in London, Oslo, Paris #, Ireland and Germany #. Harrison and the band went on to become Best UK Newcomers at the 2013 Jazz FM Awards and Ensemble of the Year at the 2014 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Harrison was contracted by the Japanese company Yamaha to play and present videos #, # about their silent stringed instruments in 2011.

Harrison has played with literally thousands of professional musicians over the years, including an eclectic mix of artists including Tony Hatch, Don Black, George Fenton, Larry Blank, Neil Claxton, John Reid, Russell Watson, Jonathan Ansell, Ben Forster, Lulu, Joe McElderry, Ray Quinn, Andy Prior, to name but a few. He has worked with many leading ensembles including the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra, New Squadronaires Orchestra, Burt Kaempfert Gala Concerts, Kings of Swing, Stephen Triffitt's Frank Sinatra; as well as British orchestras including The Halle, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Opera North, National Concert Orchestra and has led the bass section in orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall.

Harrison plays for London west end shows and has had the bass chair for 42nd Street, Annie, Top Hat, Elf The Musical, Mrs Henderson Presents and deputised on Wicked, The Lion King and Mary Poppins. He is a regular London session player, working in the likes of Abbey Road, Angel, Real World and Livingston studios, playing for many composers and producers including the film composer Hans Zimmer.

Harrison can be heard on the original London cast recordings of Mrs Henderson Presents # on Sony Classics, Elf the Musical # on Silver Screen; and played on albums including Cornershop's Hold On It's Easy # (Ample Play), Harpist Claire Jones This Love # (Silva Screen), Beats & Pieces Big Ideas # and All In # (Epfi), and The Sounds of Saga Cruises # (HAR Records). Harrison has been featured in two full page articles in the Bass Guitar Magazine. The November 2009 article was Bass To The Future # and the March 2016 article was Stage Lights # about his work in the London's west end shows and sessions.

Away from playing bass, Harrison is a well known fixer of musicians and since 2012, he has been the musical director for Creation Worldwide #, a leading supplier of entertainment to the cruise industry and corporate market. He is also the founder of his own entertainment business Hville Music # and has the most amazing function band called The Groove Membership # who have a great promo video #.

Away from music, Harrison spends time with his wife and son [Freddie, David's grandson]. Harrison has always enjoyed sport, and was an excellent footballer and golfer (which he still plays) whilst at school. Harrison now competes in 'Ironman' triathlon competitions, which are widely considered as one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the World. These long distance triathlons attract an international line-up of athletes and consist of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.22 mile run (a marathon) without a break break between them. Everyone who enters an Ironman is 'super fit'; and in July 2019, Harrison finished in the top 3% [41st overall out of an entrant of 1,612 competitors] in Bolton at the Ironman UK 2019 event with a time of 11 hrs, 1 minute. An amazing achievement when you consider the difficulty level of the Bolton course is described by 'Triathlon Review' as "Rock Hard".

David's Daughter Jess Wood is a percussionist, pianist and singer. Born in 1997, Jess began performing when she was very young, winning the under ten year old piano category in her local music festival at the age of seven years old. Whilst at primary school, Jess played piano in a jazz trio at the Music for Youth Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Jess gained a place to study percussion and piano at Junior RNCM # at the Royal Northern College of Music # at the age of ten and went on to study and perform there for the next eight years, gaining an amazingly high 146 out of 150 # in her ABRSM Grade 8 percussion examination.

Jess is a past member of the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain # and went on to become the principal percussionist with National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain # in 2012 at the age of fifteen. In 2014, Jess won her way through to the BBC Young Musician Percussion Final # ; was a finalists in the Keldwyth Cumbrian Young Musicians Award in 2015; and was the recipient of the prestigious Bell Music Award in 2019.

Jess won a highly coveted scholarship in 2015 to study percussion at the World famous Royal College of Music # in London and has since been featured and quoted in the college's prospectus. Whilst at the Royal College of Music, Jess had many masterclasses with professional players including Mark Guiliana, Eliel Lazo and Rob Farrer. As a member of PERCM [RCM's Percussion Quartet], Jess performed alongside Marimba Soloist 'She e Wu' in London, Woking, Brighton and Manchester. Jess was Principal Percussionist for an orchestral project of 'Firebird'; timpanist for Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony; placed in a project alongside the London Sinfonietta workshopping Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians and played on the Hyperion Records [independent British classical label] recording CDA68190 of Vaughan Williams’s work conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

Whilst at college, Jess had an active career out side of college, playing on the UK Tour of the musical 'Evita'; had the drum / percussion chair on 'Wizard of Oz' at Chester Storyhouse; played for 'The Best of the West End' at the Royal Albert Hall; played with the Royal Philharmonic; played with the Philharmonia and was involved in function bands.

Jess got a 1st class BMus(hons) degree from the RCM [watch from 39.45 at #] and was awarded their prestigious Tagore Gold Medal [watch from 50.10 #] for the female student who was judged to have made outstanding contributions musically and in other important ways to the life of the RCM. After leaving RCM in 2019, she immediately got her first percussion chair in the West End at the London Palladium for the production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' starring Jason Donovan and Sheridan Smith.

David's Girlfriend Rachel Lucy Moore is the British cello teacher and chamber music specialist Rachel Lucy Moore. David's known Rachel since they were both in their thirties. As a child, Rachel had the opportunity to learn several instruments (piano, violin, flute, oboe and percussion), but knew the cello was the instrument for her when she was young. Whilst living in America, Rachel had lessons with cellist Christine Livingstone # and after returning to England, she won a place to study cello at London's Royal College of Music Junior Department # at the age of thirteen and studied there for the next few years.

After leaving RCM, Rachel moved to Leeds to study cello with Anna Shuttleworth # and was the chosen soloist to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto # for the re-opening of the renovated Great Hall of the University of Leeds #. After gaining her BA Hons at Leeds, Rachel went on to study for a post graduate degree at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music #, studying cello with Margaret Moncrieff #, and double bass with Rodney Slatford #. Whilst at the RNCM, Rachel developed her love for teaching cello, chamber music, Dalcroze Eurhythmics # and Kodaly #.

After completing her postgrad studies at the age of twenty-two, Rachel was asked to stay on and teach at the RNCM, and still teaches there today. Rachel has a wealth of teaching experience, and as well as teaching at the RNCM on the award-winning RNCM Young Strings # and at Junior RNCM #; Rachel teaches cello privately; at the independent Bolton School #; Bryanston International Summer School #; Westmorland Youth Orchestra #, and is director of the WYO Training Strings. In the past, Rachel co-directed the LDSM Junior Strings Venture # and taught at Manchester's Chethams School of Music #.

Like David, Rachel also has a musical family. Rachel's mother is Miriam Morley # who has taught violin at the Royal College of Music for over thirty-five years; and played with the likes of the Monteverdi Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, English Sinfonia, several ballet seasons at the London Coliseum, and even played on an album by the rock band The Who. Her brother is Ben Moore - the BBC News senior broadcast journalist - who won a place to study french horn at the Royal College of Music junior department as a teenager went on to read music and politics at university. Rachel's aunt is the opera composer and music educator Margaret Lucy Wilkins #, who taught at St. Andrews University, University of Huddersfield, and was visiting professor at Queen's University Belfast.

David's Mother - Barbara Wood
... Pianist and singer.

David's Grandmother - Daisy Briggs
... Horn player.

David's Cousin - Allan Briggs
... Horn player.

David's Distant Relative - James Briggs
... Stringed instrument maker #.

Contact Details
David Wood
Address: 404 Marine Road East, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5AR, England
Telephone: 01524 410202 ext 208 (If outside the UK, call 0044 1524 410202)
Email: [email protected]