Having completed three years of course work as a student at Trinity College of Music London (1949-1952), he graduated with the diplomas of LTCL and GTCL. An obligatory two years of National Service in the army followed.
On completion of military service David was fortunate in finding employment as Director of Music at the Forest Grammar School, Reading, UK. He soon became involved in the rich musical life of the community. An appointment as conductor of the Wokingham Choral Society and continuing opportunities to perform as a pianist and bass player with colleagues who were ex-members of major British orchestras provided the ideal conditions for David to ‘learn his trade‘ as a musician.
In 1964 David travelled to Papua and New Guinea where he wrote a curriculum for the education department; devised and taught the music education element in the course for teacher trainees at the Port Moresby Teachers College; established a music school for local and expatriate children; and was the founder and conductor of the Port Moresby Choral and Orchestral Society.
After relocating to Lismore NSW in 1970 where he had been appointed lecturer in music at what is now the Southern Cross University, David established another choral/ orchestral society which he directed and conducted.
In 1977 David was admitted to the society of Pi Kappa Lambda (the American National Music Honors Society. The citation is ‘in recognition of superior scholarship and musicianship.’ He holds a master’s degree in performance from the University of Michigan.
On retirement in 1990 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Canberra Youth Orchestra, a newly created post. He retired from this position in 1992 and moved to Melbourne where he became associated with the ANZCA Music Exam board as a director and examiner.
Throughout his professional life David has been continually active as a performer, predominantly in the classical field. He has performed and broadcast with many distinguished British and Australian artists in numerous concerts of chamber music. In addition he has appeared on a number of occasions in cabaret at the renowned School of the Arts Cafe Queanbeyan; played jazz piano on a riverboat; and lead his local ANZAC marches with kilt and bagpipes.
David is now distilling the experiences of a lifetime in compositions which reflect his many faceted musical career. Many of his pieces are set for ANZCA, AGME and the Victorian Certificate of Education music performance examinations. He has given numerous workshops on improvisation in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.