Composer Success Story: David Burndrett

David Burndrett’s musical career started at an early age. During his first years at high school, he supported many amateur operatic societies and orchestras, playing either cello or double bass.

David attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, England for four years, and was awarded the Ida Carroll string prize during his final year. He played in the National Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra from 1993 to 1995. David left Chetham’s in 1996 to broaden his musical training at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied solo classical and orchestral technique with Thomas Martin. Additionally, David was accepted onto the jazz course where he was able to form alliances with many players. David and his colleagues formed the Tom Allen Quintet, who won the Perrier Jazz Award in 1999. David also arranges and composes music and sells his music internationally online.

David is a regular extra with the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, City Of Birmingham Symphony, English Symphony, Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra da Camera and others.

David Burndrett is one of the top self-publishers in the Digital Print Publishing program offered through Sheet Music Plus.  Digital Print Publishing allows composers and arrangers to upload their music to for free and earn royalties.  In an interview with Sheet Music Plus, David answered the following questions about his musical career and how Digital Print Publishing has helped him achieve success. He demonstrates that if you are arranging and composing music for your students, it is very likely that other teachers and musicians are also looking for similar pieces. Why not try to sell your music?

1. How long have you been arranging/composing?
About ten years.
2. What inspired you to begin arranging/composing?
Arranging music for my pupils.
3. Who are some of your musical role models?
Johann Sebastian Bach, Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Duke Ellington and many more!
4. How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?
Accessible arrangements/compositions to cater for a wide range of standards.
5. What appeals to you about the Digital Print Publishing Program?
It allows self  publishers to ‘get their work out there’.
6. What effect has the Digital Print Publishing Program had on your career?
A huge effect. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t got on board with the technological revolution.
7. What do you feel has been the “secret” to your success with Digital Print Publishing? Any helpful hints for those just getting started?
Hard work and perseverence. See what sells and listen to your customers.
8. What advice would you give to arrangers/composers looking to get their music out into the world?
Work hard and stay focused.
9. What are you working on now that may appear on Sheet Music Plus soon?
Christmas music.
Watch David Burndrett’s Tasty Tango, performed by Maya Liberman.


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