David de la Haye


I'm a multiple award-winning field recordist, musician and technician who is currently undertaking research into creative approaches to aquatic conservation, with a particular interest in freshwater environments. 

I have a degree in Jazz & Contemporary Music from Leeds College of Music and completed an MMus in Glitch Music at Newcastle University, passing with distinction. I have worked with world-class musicians as a bassist, studio engineer, field-recordist, producer, promoter, curator and composer. As a member of two successful Folk groups my credits span numerous commercial releases with performances at major festivals and venues across UK, USA, Canada, Russia, Malaysia and Europe.

Achievements include commissions for COP26 (Story:Web - Reimagining Museums For Climate Action, Glasgow Science Centre), a partnership project with Durham Wildlife Trust, producing 'Hidden Sounds' for Landlines: Nature Revealed, and a recent Sound & Music ‘Composer-Curator’ placement.  I am the only technician to have ever received the Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice ‘Pioneer Award’, leading to works for BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, BBC Radio Scotland and World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.  I have collaborated with various cultural partners including Newcastle/Leeds Universities, Natural England, GNM:Hancock and Being Human Festival of Humanities. My Hebridean recording of underwater grey seal vocalisations was recently added to the British Library (ref: Grey Seals WA 2021/001).

The prestigious Times Higher Education Awards shortlisted me for ‘Outstanding Technician of the Year 2020’, building on an extensive educational and industry portfolio which includes artist residencies, sound workshops, and public installation. Originally from the Channel Island of Jersey, I now live in Durham with my partner and son, Ethan, who was blessed to win 'Best Listener' in the Sound of the Year Awards 2020. 

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