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David Allum
United Kingdom, Bangor,

About David Allum

Born July 1942 , in Birmingham, England, I went to Moseley Grammar School in Birmingham 1952-1960, where my music master was John Saint who lived in Paradise Lane . Hall Green. He often had to remind me of the dangers and pitfalls of the Locrian Mode and consecutive fifths and octaves , thank goodness for first and second inversions. He also taught me that a neapolitan sixth was not strawberry, vanilla and chocolate flavour.
At the age of 11, I began to learn to play the violin and came on leaps and bounds under the skillful guidance of Gilbert Shufflebottom who was lead Viola in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra . In 1958 I played first violin in the Midland Youth Orchestra under Blyth Major and studied at the Birmingham School of Music under Hannah Wisheart until 1962 when my family moved to North Wales.
Also in 1958 I ran a small band playing country and square dance music at various locations throughout the West Midlands. The band was called the Cole River Valley Group .
I eventually came to live in Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales when in 1964 my son David James was born to my first wife Morfydd . Jim, as he is known is a qualified electrical installation engineer, Iin 1968 I joined Bangor University Symphony Orchestra, under the brilliant musical director and conductor John Hywel, and played first violin there for 34 years, taking part in many memorable concerts, one being a performance of Mahler symphony 2 the Resurrection, when the University singers were supplemented by the Caernarfon Male Voice Choir.
In 1984 to be precise, on February 29th, my daughter Rachel Marie was born to my second and present wife Patricia. Rachel learned to play both the Oboe and Violin and graduated at university as a link.
I began composing music about the year 2000 when I wrote the piece titled Caernarfon Bay and others. In 2010 my work Lament at the Gate of Teheran which is scored for full Symphony Orchestra , was given its first public performance which was well received by the audience who clapped for a good five minutes.
Now fully retired I taught the violin for 30 years to mature pupils throughout the area with good exam results. I am now studying the 7 medieval Modes as they interest me. The modes have their own unique order of whole tones and semitones which sets each one apart from the others.

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