Darren Gallacher

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Percussion

Location: Royal Northern College of Music

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Darren Gallacher is a percussionist from Greenock, Scotland. He has enjoyed a varied career throughout his time as a percussionist, beginning lessons in high school before becoming student to Ruari Donaldson at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Academy. He then went on to study at Edinburgh Napier University with Peter Evans where he would gain his Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours. He is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music on the Master of Music Course and is extremely grateful to the Ann Driver trust and Help Musicians UK for their contributions towards his studies. 

Darren enjoys being a versatile musician and exploring all genres of music. He has freelanced as an orchestral player across Scotland and England, and has so far been a successful candidate on the Professional Experience Scheme offered by the Hallé and will join the orchestra in concert playing Mahler's 2nd Symphony at the Royal Concert hall in Nottingham. 

As well as orchestral playing, Darren enjoys working as a chamber musician. During his time in Edinburgh, he organised and led a small percussion ensemble which specialised in contemporary modern music, specifically that of John Cage and Steve Reich. Most recently, he has been selected as a member of the RNCM percussion sextet which will be going on tour to China in July 2018. The tour will involve travelling across China to perform in some of the countries major concert halls, such as the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. The sextet will conclude the tour in Shanghai where they will play for the opening concert of the China National Percussion Competition. They will then compete in the competition both as an ensemble and as soloists. Darren has also been involved in an ensemble specialising in experimental music led by composer and member of leading ensemble Distractfold, Mauricio Pauly. 

In addition to his work in ensembles, Darren enjoys playing as a soloist. He has given various solo recitals and appeared as a concerto soloist, being comfortable in each discipline. As well as this, Darren enjoys working as a pit musician and, throughout his studies, has been lucky enough to establish a strong network across Scotland and England playing for various theatre and opera productions. 

During his time at the college Darren has been fortunate to work with the likes of Keiko Abe, Henrich Knarborg Larsen, Gwen Dease and Ivana Billic to name a few. He has also collaborated with Mica Paris and the Got Soul Gospel Choir on their major events. He enjoys working and collaborating with composers and has done so in many environments such as concerts and recordings, including work on film scores.