David started composing at the age of 11. His early efforts were very influenced by the fact that his primary school music education was based entirely on the Carl Orff “Schulwerk” method of teaching music.
This influence has stayed with David, and it has shaped a lot of his much later music. He also began piano lessons at this time with the renowned classical concert pianist and teacher Christine Gough, and continued to study with her into his mid twenties.
In his late teens he was awarded a scholarship to study music composition with Professor Richard Arnell (pupil of John Ireland) at Trinity College of Music London, and electronic music composition with Tristram Carey at the Royal College of Music studios, where he started using the first EMS synthesizers. He also incorporated Musique Concrete techniques into his composing at this time.
After gaining his B.Ed (Hon.) he taught music for six years, and during this time, built up a large repertoire of serious compositions, for chamber solo and instrumental combinations, including orchestral and vocal music.
David began to produce and write for successful artists, and worked with Jaki Graham, Ami Stewart , Marti Webb, The New Seekers, and many others. He has also been sought after as an arranger, and session keyboard player, his first gig was arranging and playing on the BBC TV Eastenders theme for Simon may. He was later to work with Simon co-composing the incidental music for the BBC TV series Howards Way, and co-producing many of his record releases including the top 5 hit for Anita Dobson.
David worked with acclaimed animator John Hallas on a number of productions, including his computer animated film Dilemma, providing the electronic music score.
David has been commissioned to compose for most of the major advertising, film and TV companies.
His prolific output for production music has enabled his music to be used all over the world.
Recent work has included the new ITV national and regional news for ITV, and News at Ten, also the music for the recent Royal wedding, and the theme tune for ITV’s Tonight programme with Julie Etchingham. Also the dance team “Diversity” used his music for a special routine for the Royal Variety Performance in 2017.
David works from his music studio in Kent.