Alan Davis was born in Birmingham in 1945. He studied at the Royal College of Music, Keble College Oxford, and undertook postgraduate research on the music of Hotteterre at Birmingham University.

He trained as a clarinettist, but a growing interest in pre-classical music and historical performance practice led him to concentrate on the recorder as his principal instrument.


He has performed as a soloist, as a member of small baroque ensembles, and in partnership with the harpsichordist David Ponsford. He has also performed a wide range of contemporary music, and has commissioned works from composers including John Casken, Colin Hand, John Joubert, Edwin Roxburgh and Philip Wilby. However, in the 1980s failing sight began to curtail his performing activities, and the major part of his subsequent career has been devoted to teaching.

He has held recorder teaching appointments at Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham Music Service, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Chetham's School of Music and the Junior Department of the Royal Northern College of Music. In 1979 he founded Birmingham Schools Recorder Sinfonia which he directed until 2010.


He currently plays regularly with Jacqui Robertson-Wade and Rosemary Robinson as a member of Trio Filidori, teaches privately and is active as a composer, editor and arranger. His interest in composition was stimulated and encouraged by a period of informal study with Judith Weir and Howard Skempton. He has written primarily though not exclusively for the recorder, usually in response to a specific request or performance opportunity, and he particularly enjoys the challenge of writing for children and amateur players in a style which is both contemporary and accessible.

Samples

  • Trio Filidori – Telemann : Trio Sonata in A Major - listen
  • Chester Recorders – Corelli : Trio Sonata in F Major - listen