David Morecroft

Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2018

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: South West

Website: www.davemorecroft.com

Dave Morecroft is the true example of a London-based musician with a portfolio career, primarily as a live-event producer, pianist and composer. Having studied at Alton College sixth form under the influential Martin Read and winning the college’s Outstanding Achievement Award, Dave went on to read music at the University of York, working with high profile jazz musicians (John Taylor, Julian Arguelles, Martin France), contemporary composers (John Stringer, Roger Marsh, Ambrose Field) and academics (Tim Howell, Bill Brooks). During his time at York, Dave was commissioned to write a trombone suite for Dennis Rollins, set up and organised events for the Music Society, performed widely across Yorkshire with various rock, pop and jazz ensembles, took lead roles in productions such as Paul Bunyan and West Side Story and sang at the York Minster.

Forming jazz/punk quintet WorldService Project in 2009, the now award-winning ensemble quickly became the output of most of Dave’s writing. The ensemble has released three albums, undertaken huge tours of the USA, EU, UK and China, and performed at some of the world’s most significant music festivals. WSP’s recorded and live output has been critically acclaimed in regional, national, and international print, television, radio and digital media. In addition to his intensive touring and performance schedule with WSP, Dave works as a freelance musician, doing sessions for BBC Radio 2 and 4, performing with London’s top improvising musicians, composing commercial music for multi-national campaigns such as Volvo, Olay, KFC, Vaseline, Dove and Nutella and performing in various lineups at festivals and venues across the UK.

In 2011, Dave formed Match&Fuse, a European touring network and festival, with the aim of enabling music ensembles to tour across borders, collaborate and tap into new audiences abroad.