News from Nimbus Alliance Records/Horn Player DAVE LEE (Revised – new visual)

Dave Lee’s first orchestral experience came playing for Sir John Barbirolli and the Halle Orchestra whilst still at school in the late sixties. He then went on to perform as principal horn for some of  the world’s pre-eminent conductors, including Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Adrian Boult, Rudolf Kempe, Sir Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink and Giulini.

Chamber music is also important to Dave and he has performed to critical acclaim at the Wigmore Hall (Brahms Horn Trio) and the Purcell Room (Mozart Horn Quintet) with the Soloists of The Royal Opera House Orchestra. He is currently rehearsing repertoire for the formation of his Horn Trio. He is the horn soloist with the Michael Nyman Band, touring the world and giving concerts with this exciting British composer. This year still holds visits to Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia and Portugal, and recordings of his latest opera and film scores.

He has extensive experience in the commercial world of films and television, working with leading composers and performers in their field including Henry Mancini, John Williams, Shirley Bassey and Robbie Williams to the film work of Michael Nyman, Michael Kamen and Ed Shearmur. His latest credits include solo horn for Michael Kamen on the Band of Brothers series for television, and solo horn on the recently released film of Phantom of the Opera. His close association over the last 20 years with Andrew Lloyd Webber has involved his participation on all his recorded works on film, CD and television, including his 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Title:                       Under the Influence

Cat. No:                  NI6151

Bar Code:               0710357615122

Format:                  Single CD/Standard Case

Price Point:            Full (UK Dealer £8.70)

Release Date:        29th August 2011

UK Distributor:      Discovery



Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd); Birdland (Weather Report); The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Ewan McColl); Suite from the film “The Ogre” (Michael Nyman); Tabla e Trompe (Jaco Pastorius); Mack the Knife (Kurt Weill); Blood Count (Billy Strayhorn); Sea Eagle (Peter Maxwell-Davies); Psalm “Celan Songs” (Michael Nyman); Gymnopedie No. 1 (Satie); Col (Morcheeba); Spiegel im Spiegel (Arvo Pärt); Life on Mars (David Bowie)

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The featured pieces on this CD are a small selection of those that have influenced Dave Lee over the years, from his formative years growing up in South Yorkshire to his present day involvement in the Michael Nyman Band. Many of the arrangements are by Dave himself – of particular note is “Spiegel im Spiegel” a perennial favourite on Classic fM and this version presents the piece in a new light. Featured musicians include Andy Findon (saxes/flutes), Skype Edwards – of Morcheeba (vocals) and many more.



Geoff Eales (piano); Dave Lee (horn); Andy Findon (flute)

ELF is truly a meeting of like musical minds. Nothing is out of bounds. Everything goes into the mix – classical, folk, jazz, rock, latin, musicals and more. Dave and Andy are indispensable members of the world renowned Michael Nyman Band whilst Geoff is one of Europe’s most inspirational jazz pianists. Aside from being 3 of London’s most in-demand studio musicians they are also international solo artists in their own right, all three having recorded their own critically acclaimed albums. Apart from original compositions and arrangements from within the group, ELF are fortunate in being able to call upon writers from across the spectrum, from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Michael Nyman. Anyone who knows Geoff, Dave and Andy will tell you that they are larger than life characters and their intense love of music and indeed life in general all help to create the unique sound that is ELF.

Title:                       Reflections

Cat. No:                  NI6150

Bar Code:               0710357615023

Format:                  Single CD/Standard Case

Price Point:            Full (UK Dealer £8.70)

Release Date:        29th August 2011

UK Distributor:      Discovery



When The Boat Comes In (trad); Brigg fair/Scarborough Fair/Greensleeves (trad); Molly on the Shore (trad); Reflections (Ian Hughes); Phantasia (Andrew Lloyd Webber); If (Michael Nyman); Elf Dance (Geoff Eales); Song For My Mother (Geoff Eales); Farewell Patagonia (Geoff Eales): Spain (Chic Corea after Rodrigo); Birdland (Joe Zawinul); Lullaby of Birdland (George Shearing); Ornithology (Charlie Parker)

ELF Project

Phantasia, recorded here, provided the catalyst for the formation of ELF. The idea crystallized during a touring period with the Michael Nyman Band, of which Andy and I are both members. From our experiences in the Band we knew that horn and flute worked well together. We hoped the combination would help broaden both our repertoire and our musical challenges. There was no other choice for pianist other than Geoff. We had all known one another for a long time, shared mutual respect and good humour. Together we agreed on a repertoire that encompassed our joint experiences, the reflections on which have given us a new way forward. We hope you enjoy the journey.” Dave Lee


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Live Date

The ELF Trio will be performing at the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields on Tuesday 30th August at 1.00pm and we would like to take this as an opportunity to invite press and media to join us to mark the release of these two albums.

If you would like to attend please contact John Cronin ( or Rita Grudzien (


Further information

The CDs will be fully serviced to all UK relevant music press and radio. Dave Lee (and the other members of the ELF Trio) is available for interview if required.

For more details, and to request a review sample, please contact John Cronin at Music & Media Consulting Limited.

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