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Born in Leicestershire, David Haslam began conducting at school. At the age of seventeen, he won the Walter Stokes scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied flute, piano and composition. As a student, he was offered the position of principal flute at the Scottish National Orchestra. He accepted and remained there until he joined the Northern Sinfonia, again as principal flute, in 1962.

Today he is acknowledged as one of the most admired flautists in the profession. With the Northern Sinfonia, he was also involved in programme planning, composition, orchestration, solo-directing and conducting. After being appointed associate conductor in 1966, he conducted numerous concerts at home and abroad, working with artists including Jean Bernard Pommier, John Lill, Ida Haendel, Radu Lupu, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon, Thomas Allen, Maurice Andre, Sheila Armstrong and Cecile Ousset. He also conducted concerts that included solo-directed concertos by Mozart, Nielsen and Ibert, among others. In 1988 he recorded his arrangements of Northumbrian Songs with Sir Thomas Allen, Sheila Armstrong and the Sinfonia orchestra and Chorus. He retired from the Northern Sinfonia in 2006 since when he has been putting on concerts with his partner Annamaria McCool and their orchestra, the English Philharmonic.

Role: Conductor 
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