By David Billinge
...for taking time to look at my website! I compose music, perform as a singer, I lecture, direct, and teach children as well as adults.
At the end of a year of travelling and searching for my next step at age 20, watching the film 'Amadeus' gave me the inspiration to get into classical music and I knew immediately I wanted to become a composer. I have never looked back. I went on to study composition, piano and choir conducting in Hamburg, Germany from 87 - 93. The journey has been so amazing and still is. I enjoy working with people of all abilities and ages. Music touches our humanity so directly and for this I am very grateful.
I teach a range of musical instruments, primarily piano, singing and guitar and always strive to find where people are at in their self-assessment so as to move forward from that point. Teaching is a creative artform, and the elements of teaching are varied. So, in some cases a more thought based approach is necessary, in other cases a greater emphasis on improvisation is possible. I take my cue from the individual in front of me and seek to be as open as possible in my work.
As a composer I see the term contemporary as not limited to a few decades or even to my own lifetime. I see the changing fashions and trends to be greatly pushed by commercial interests, and so I try and balance my music between the aesthetic aspects of music that I am fascinated by, and what I see as the general capacity for untutored individuals to engage with and embrace certain musical experiences. I look at the offer in concert halls across the world and see that concert goers are very open to a broad spectrum of styles and genres.
"Though audibly a "contemporary composer", Brinch is never tempted to sound aggressively modern and interested purchasers are unlikely to be put off by the mainly lyrical nature..."http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2019/Feb/Brinch_spirals_v3_CC59966.htm