David Stanhope

From Wind Repertory Project
David Stanhope


David Stanhope (b. 19 December 1952, Sutton Coldfield, England) is a freelance conductor and composer. David Richard Stanhope began playing piano in his native England at the age of five. A year later he immigrated with his family to Australia. He joined the music staff of The Australian Opera in 1986 and during that time conducted seasons of Albert Herring, Turn Of The Screw, and Les Pêcheurs De Perles. Following engagements with the Australian Opera and the State Opera of South Australia have included the Australian stage première season of Berg's Lulu, the Sydney and Melbourne premières of Janacek's The Makropulos Secret, as well as seasons of Peter Grimes, Hansel and Gretel, Salome, Ariadne Auf Naxos, Eugene Onegin, La Traviata, Jenufa and Fidelio. He is a guest conductor and recording artist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Symphony Australia, including CDs, concerts and engagements with the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian, Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. He is also a regular guest conductor with Australia's leading contemporary group, Sydney Alpha Ensemble, and The Australian Ballet, with whom he has conducted seasons of The Rite Of Spring.

David has conducted the soundtracks of Babe, Children Of The Revolution, Paradise Road and Passion. For the last-named film he also recorded all the solo piano repertoire for the film and is the hand "double" for Richard Roxburgh.

David Stanhope played french horn for several years, mostly as a free-lance. He was a member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra before working in London and has been based in Sydney since 1979. In 1984 he changed instrument to bass trombone, freelancing with the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.

Stanhope won the International Horn Society Composer Competition in 1979 and has since devoted more time to composition. He has written numerous compositions for all kinds of instrumental and vocal ensembles, but is especially known as a writer for wind band and brass. He won the ensemble section of the International Horn Society composition contest in 1979 with a horn octet. Wind band and brass band works of his have been competition test pieces both in Britain and Australia. His most recent compositions include several items commissioned for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, a symphony for wind band, the suite for string orchestra, "String Songs", and "E.G.B.D.S" for wind band. Stanhope's principal publisher is Southern Music Company in San Antonio, Texas. Other publishers of his works include Novello & Co., and The Hornists' Nest. Tall Poppies records have released a CD of his wind band music, entitled "Little Ripper!", in 1997.

Works for Winds


  • David Stanhope website
  • Prescott, Kyle. "Promenade." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 463-469. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 560.