David Roach (saxophonist)

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David Roach
Born 1955 (age 66–67)
Genres Classical music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1985-present
Associated acts Michael Nyman Band
Apollo Saxophone Quartet
London Saxophonic

David Roach (born 1955, Darlington, Co. Durham, England) is a British saxophonist who released a solo single, "Emotional Jungle" in 1984. His album, I Love Sax reached #73 in the UK Albums Chart in April that year.[1] As a Coda-Landscape recording artist in the 1980s David made 2 albums 'Running with the River ' and 'The Talking City'.

He has played soprano and alto saxophone for the Michael Nyman Band since 1985, making his debut on The Kiss and Other Movements and appearing on nearly every album since. Prior to that he was musical director for Billy Ocean and a founding member of the Myrha Saxophone Quartet. David played oboe and saxophone for Frank Sinatra in his European tours of the early 1990s.

He was a member of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet and producer of the London Saxophonic. He also co-produced Nyman's albums, After Extra Time, The Suit and the Photograph and Sangam.

His soprano and alto saxophone playing has featured in many Film and Television scores. David has played with most of the major London Orchestras including 25 years for the Philharmonia Orchestra and he has been a visiting professor of chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.


  1. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 464. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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