DAVID STOLL

David Stoll is a composer of music for the concert hall, the theatre, television and radio.  He writes words and lyrics for stage musicals, and also children songs and other works for schools.  David gives lectures and master-classes, and occasionally designs projects in creativity for schools, higher education and the corporate sector.

David StollDavid was educated at Oxford University, where he held the Hadow open scholarship in composition at Worcester College, and at the Royal Academy of Music, London.  He started professional life as a music director in Theatre-in-Education before embarking on a freelance career as a composer, songwriter and musician.  Though he has played in bands and led ensembles – and also enjoyed playing cocktail bar piano – he now concentrates on writing and production.

MUSIC

David’s concert music, including his four String Quartets*,  is published by Novello & Co. Novello also publishes other Stoll music, including  THE DRUMMER BOY OF WATERLOO*, a children’s opera written with Megg Nicol, which was very successfully premiered by photo editJubilee Opera in Aldeburgh in November 2015.

David is working on an extensive collection of production music tracks which Music Sales has commissioned from him; a recent set consists of new music and arrangements scored for brass ensembles*.  Every now and then, some of this music is chosen for remastering for commercial release (the Music for Listeners* series).  The first two available collections are titled LAST BUS HOME and PHAETON. The third, MUSIC FOR LOST FILMS – which features some of David’s brass music – was released in April 2016.

Another of David’s major projects is a series of electronic collections for download and streaming, produced with John Mercer for Riverrun Records under the artist name CHRONOMETER*.  Five albums are currently available; the latest set, CALIBAN’S ISLAND, was released in May 2017.  Further recordings are at the planning stage for later this year.

David’s download products for primary schools include DICK OTTINGTON*,  a pantomime, co-written with Michael Hinton, and the CUCKOO ROCK* songbook (to poems by Phil Bowen). David has also written a new adult show with Phil set in a very different sound world: that of the piano bar and the great standard songs of the mid-20th Century.

Examples of David Stoll’s music are available to stream from this site.  The player on this page has a general selection of tracks, which is changed from time to time.  There are also links here to specific pages which feature different types of David’s music with examples; these are marked *.  A new SHOP page has been added to allow for download purchases of music and educational materials.

WORKING FOR COMPOSERS AND SONGWRITERS

A founding co-Chairman of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (now BASCA), David has sat on several committees representing composers in the UK and in Europe, including being a Director of British Music Rights and a Trustee of the British Music Information Centre.  He designed and directed two UK Government funded projects: IN TUNE IN EUROPE (co-funded by the EU) and BUILDING MUSIC (an early Music Manifesto project), and he chaired the group designing the Composers in Education Database project for the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance, ECSA.  David resigned from all committee work in February 2014 to concentrate fully again on writing; you may see a tribute from BASCA here.

WORKING FOR CREATIVE EDUCATION IN MUSIC

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-3-58-32pmAlthough also cutting down on his education work in schools (which was carried out under the banner Creative Confidence), David is still lecturing and giving occasional master classes, corporate workshops and INSETs.  Having been a university external examiner, he is now an accreditation assessor for JAMES, visiting colleges and universities to monitor their courses, and is an occasional visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University on the Songwriting MMus course. David still retains an interest in training primary school teachers to deliver Key Stage 2 lessons on how to compose music, even when it is not something that they ever thought they could do themselves.  KEY STAGE 2 COMPOSING is available as a download from the shop, and as a printed book from Amazon.

In 2002 the Royal Academy of Music honoured David with election to an Associateship for “distinction in (his) profession”.

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cartoon of David Stoll by Erika Eigen

There is more information on David’s work throughout this website.

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