Dorset-based composer of accessible, lyrical works for both amateur and professional choirs. Professionally-recorded and the recipient of several prizes.
David is a classical composer and professional musician living and working in Swanage, in Dorset’s beautiful Isle of Purbeck.
He writes sacred and secular choral music for a range of types of choir, from small church choirs of limited resources, through to experienced chamber choirs, large choral societies and professional ensembles.
David is experienced at delivering commissions, and has produced works for several specific choirs and events. In 2020, he completed a 50-minute cantata, A sure refuge, funded by Arts Council England to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to New England. At the other end of the scale, he has supplied short anthems for small choirs, and works, both accompanied and unaccompanied, for more experienced chamber and church choirs.
One of David's recent commissions for a wedding, The Good-morrow, was written for performance by the international award-winning vocal ensemble, Apollo5. It was subsequently included in the group’s album, Where All Roses Go, released on 12 February 2021, and has been played on radio around the world.
His works have been performed across the UK, including in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Wells, Salisbury, Exeter, Norwich, Worcester, Ripon, St Edmundsbury, St Albans, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Brecon Cathedrals, Southwell Minster, St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham, St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, and St Anne’s Cathedral, Leeds, and overseas, including in St Paul’s Cathedral, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and the Episcopal Church of St Francis, San Francisco, USA, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario, Canada, and in Norway and the Netherlands.
David has also found success in competitions, including the St Edmundsbury Cathedral / RA Vestey Memorial Trust Competition of 2018 (with Before Action, a Remembrance anthem), The Wessex Festival in 2016, The Cantus Ensemble Composition Competition in 2015 and the Small Choirs competition of 2013.
David is always delighted to be contacted about his compositions, or to be approached regarding potential commissioning projects. You can contact David via this form.