Alan Danson studied at the Colchester Institute and the Royal Academy Music in London, where he majored in French horn, piano and orchestration.
The Mainstreet Brass has commissioned Danson to write several major works for brass quintet and is privileged to have an ongoing collaboration with him. His latest work for the quintet, the four-movement, programmatic “A Christmas Carol – A Dickens of a Tale,” sets the literary classic into a unique musical setting with narration.
Danson also composed “Intrada” in honor of the Mainstreet Brass’s 15th anniversary season in 2001. His brass quintet “Passages of Time” has been performed by the Mainstreet Brass several times.
“It’s been a very rewarding experience to work with Alan. The music he composes for us is always full of surprises and eagerly received by our audiences,” said Kevin Long, principal trumpet and founding member of the Mainstreet Brass.
Danson’s musical career spans orchestral performance, directing, arranging and teaching.
His music, influenced by his many years performing for London musicals, ballet companies, symphony orchestras and studio sessions, spans many genres, including symphonic, chamber and jazz.
His music is published by Broadbent & Dunn of London and includes works for violin and piano, wind trios, brass quintets, horn quartets and other chamber music.
Danson has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked as an arranger for the British Broadcasting Corp. His tone poem, “Colours of Red,” was performed in Salzburg, Austria, in 1993.
A native of Romford, Essex, Danson lives in London, England. Click here to visit Danson’s Web site.