Dave Camlin

Dave Camlin is a singer / song-writer / educator / researcher whose professional work spans performance, composition, teaching, management, research, and the development of creative human capital. 

His doctoral studies (concluded 2015) outlined an integrative model of ‘music in three dimensions’ arising from the evolution of Sage Gateshead’s artistic programme, and he has steadily built an international reputation as an academic musician with a particular interest in the humanising nature of music-making, specifically the benefits of group singing; musician training and Community Music (CM).

He is currently Head of Higher Education and Research at Sage Gateshead, where he is also senior lecturer on the organisation’s BA (Hons) Community Music and BMus (Hons) Jazz Popular and Commercial Music programmes, delivered in partnership with University of Sunderland. He also lectures on Trinity-Laban’s innovative new Masters programme, ‘The Teaching Musician’, and has led modules in Arts Management for Durham University’s BA (Hons) Music.

He performs solo, and with a variety of bands, including vocal group Mouthful, acoustic songwriters’ collective The Coast Road, and the Celtic rock band Tryckster.

He was the founding Creative Director of Cumbrian music organisation, SoundWave, from 2005-10, and one of the organisers of Solfest music festival in Cumbria from 2004 - 2015. 

Key Publications

Camlin, D.A. (2015a). Be More Human - Sing! Sing Up magazine.

Camlin, D.A. (n.d.). Being Human. [Online]. Dave Camlin. Available from:  http://www.davecamlin.co.uk/being-human/.

Camlin, D.A. (2016a). Libraries Gave Us Power. In: Keynote speech at Student Research Conference. [Online]. 14 November 2016, York St John University: International Centre for Community Music. Available from:https://www.researchgate.net/publication/310234121_Libraries_Gave_Us_Power.

Camlin, D.A. (2016b). Music In Three Dimensions. Doctoral Thesis. Sunderland: University of Sunderland.

Camlin, D.A. (2015a). This is My Truth, Tell Me Yours: emphasising dialogue within Participatory Music. International Journal of Community Music. 8 (3). p.pp. 233–257.

Camlin, D.A. (2015b). What’s Love Got To Do With It? In: June 2015, International Centre for Community Music, York St John University.

Camlin, D.A. (2014). Whose Quality Is It Anyway? Journal of Arts and Communities. 6 (2+3). p.pp. 99–118.

Camlin, D.A. & Zeserson, K. (2017). Becoming a Community Musician: a situated approach to curriculum, content, and assessment. In: Oxford Handbook of Community Music. Oxford: OUP Oxford.

Higgins, L. & Willingham, L. (2017). Dave Camlin: Case Study. In: Engaging in Community Music: an introduction. Waterloo: Routledge, pp. 3032–3114.