Born in Hyde, Cheshire in 1959 David began his path to a career in music learning the recorder at school, and later the flute.
Whilst studying for his A levels he began lessons on a ‘derelict’ school bassoon and quickly advanced to the dizzy height of Grade VIII ABRSM having been awarded a scholarship from Tameside MBC to study with Charles Cracknel.
In 1978 David moved to the Music department of Huddersfield Polytechnic, studying with Richard King (Charles Cracknel’s successor as principal bassoon with the Halle Orchestra) and specialising in performance and composition. He performed in the Huddersfield Contempory Music Festival and played concerti with various orchestras. In his final year he was awarded the J C Forbes performance prize as well as gaining his B.A. (hons) mus.
After a further two years post graduate study at the RNCM (supported by a scholarship from the Countess of Munster Trust Fund) and under the tutelage of Edward Warren (principal bassoon with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) David gained a PG dip.(RNCM) in orchestral studies and joined the Miladi ensemble, with whom he performed a wide variety of music for wind and piano and gave a Wigmore Hall recital.
In the following years David worked as a session musician with Granada Television and the BBC (radio and television), as well as freelancing with all the Northern based symphony and chamber orchestras; playing principal bassoon with the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. He also undertook longer term contracts in the Manchester theatres.
David was appointed as principal bassoon with The Northern Chamber Orchestra in 1985 and two years later (and running concurrently) as principal bassoon of The Orchestra of the Golden Age (playing on ‘original’ instruments).
In 1991 David became sub principal bassoon with The Orchestra of Opera North based in Leeds, a post he holds to this day; enjoying a wide variety of orchestral, chamber and opera performance in the roll of both first and second bassoon.
David has taught bassoon at Leeds College of Music, Hull University, and Breton Hall College. He now teaches privately, at Huddersfield and Leeds Universities, and also for Yorkshire Young Musicians.
In recent years David has renewed his interest in composition and has had works performed in university recitals, the International Double Reed Society convention and has also had works commissioned. He has also produced a recording of some of his chamber works.