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David Hext is Section Principal of the world-famous Hallé Orchestra, which is based in Manchester, England. While studying at the Royal College of Music in London, he became a member of the prestigious European Youth Orchestra and gained early experience by playing in almost every major orchestra in the United Kingdom.
Leaving the Royal College, David was invited to play with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra where he held the Sub-Principal position for six years.David has written extensively for solo tuned percussion and timpani and his works are prominent in all of the major examination syllabuses in the United Kingdom.
David also owns and runs HEXTMUSIC.
“David Hext has once again given us some invaluable additions to the examination repertoire (Tuned Percussion Books 3 & 4), and both he and the London College of Music deserve our support for their initiative. I also feel that his initiative could have far-reaching effects, playing a definitive role in the development of mallet percussion in this country (UK), and as such it cannot be ignored.” National Union of Percussion Teachers, 2002