St Ives musician David Ditchfield to give landmark concert

12:00 26 April 2014

David Ditchfield.

David Ditchfield.


David Ditchfield’s latest composition will mark two milestones when it’s played in St Ives next month.

The musician’s piece commemorates the start of the World War I and will form one of the highlights of a special 10th anniversary concert for the Chamber Orchestra of St Ives.

The entire concert, which takes place on Saturday, May 24, will also mark the beginning of the Great War, featuring music by Delius, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Butterworth.

Mr Ditchfield’s piece – The Falcon: Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra – tells the story of a British soldier who proudly signs up to fight, only to discover the harsh realities.

The 54-year-old musician, who lives in St Ives, explained: “After being shot, he sees a falcon hovering in the sky, eclipsing the sun. He is transfixed by its beauty. “It is a euphoric and spiritual moment, transporting him from the pain and horror of war to the wonder of nature.”

Mr Ditchfield said he drew on his own traumatic experiences for inspiration. In 2006, he caught his coat in a train door at Huntingdon Railway Station. Unable to free himself, Mr Ditchfield was pulled under the train, suffering near fatal injuries and almost losing his left arm.

Like the soldier in his composition, Mr Ditchfield described the accident as “horrific and harrowing”.

“Knowing that I had survived was brilliant,” he said. “I looked up and there was a beautiful blue sky. I was feeling quite euphoric and happy to be alive. I was appreciating the beauty of nature. I was in absolute agony but happy to be alive.”

Like himself, the soldier in his music survives.

Mr Ditchfield said he composes his music on a synthesizer as his accident has left him unable to play the guitar. Previously a guitar teacher and song writer for artists such as Dexys Midnight Runners, Mr Ditchfield has also performed as a support act for bands such as the Fine Young Cannibals and The Waterboys.

He also had the “surreal” honour of supporting the Beach Boys. “It was amazing,” he said. “I was less nervous opening for them at Wembley than in smaller venues as it’s so big you can’t see people and the sound quality is much better.”

INFORMATION: The concert is at the Free Church, St Ives, at 7.30pm on Saturday, May 24. Tickets £10, £5 concessions and are available from Just Sharing at the Free Church. For more details, contact Gilly Jackson on 01480 385999.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hunts Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hunts Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hunts Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Carers' Trust auction

A ticket for the X-Factor live show, a trip to Lanzarote, tea at the House of Lords and a professional photoshoot are just some of the lots that will be available during an online charity tomorrow (Friday)

Fire crews at the scene in Somersham Road

Two people were cut free from a car, after it careered into a field in St Ives yesterday evening (October 26).

A man was hospitalised after a collision near Ramsey St Mary's

A motorcyclist was taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Ramsey St Mary’s this morning (Thursday).

Richard Howitt MEP receives applause after final speech at the European Parliment

East of England Euro MP Richard Howitt received a standing ovation from all sides of the European Parliament chamber, following a speech of thanks for his 22 years of service ending yesterday (Wednesday).

Join Vindis Volkswagen at their As Good As New Event between 6th – 24th October 2016

If you’re looking to buy a used Volkswagen, now’s the time to do it.

Read more

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up