Following his choral scholarship at King's College, Cambridge, David went on to further study and then to work as an operatic soloist. David won many prestigious awards and scholarships including the NFMS/Esso Award, the Warwick Artists Young Musicians Trust Competition, the Young Songmakers’ Competition and the Bayreuth Bursary, among others. Among the many specialists in this field, David studied with Graham Johnson, Ellie Ameling, Martin Isepp and sang under the baton of conductors such as Martyn Brabbins, Richard Hickox and David Parry.
Having gained valuable experience as a singer and establishing a solid vocal technique, David went on to teach one-to-one singing. His teaching career spans more than twenty years and he is highly respected and sought-after by singers up to and including those at a professional level. David has worked as a singing teacher at Bristol and Oxford universities.
David became founding Musical Director of Opus 48 in September 2018, a new virtuoso choral society for Oxfordshire. His core focus is always on vocal technique and presentation. Opus 48’s first season has included an acclaimed performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana and the Requiems of Fauré, Duruflé and Brahms in venues in Oxford and London, including the Sheldonian Theatre.
David is currently Musical Director of Cheltenham Bach Choir (2015-) one of the foremost large choral societies in the UK. Leading the choir through its 70th Anniversary season, David directed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Musical and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra and founded the Cheltenham Bach Choir Spring Festival of the Baroque. David has recently toured to Göttingen, Germany, to direct the Göttinger Stadtkantorei and the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester in partnership with Cheltenham Bach Choir, culminating in a sell-out performance of Elgar's Enigma Variations and Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony.
He is also founder and Music Director of vOx Chamber Choir, founded in 2013, which is increasingly being recognised as one of the top chamber choirs in the region. vOx released its first recording of the works of Ludovico da Viadana in 2017, and has made several tours across the UK and Ireland. vOx are recording their second CD of the works of Alexander Campkin in 2019.
Appointed Director of Music at Somerville College, Oxford in 2007, David transformed the choir into one of the best mixed voice choirs in Oxford University during his eight years in post. As well as releasing two critically acclaimed recordings, the choir also made numerous tours within the UK and abroad, notably Italy, Germany and the USA. For five years until 2016, David was Musical Director of the renowned Reading Phoenix Choir, conducting nearly 100 concerts in Berkshire, London and beyond, touring annually and recording several CDs. David directed Oxford Bach Choir for the 2016-17 season, including performing Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Bach’s B Minor Mass with the London Mozart Players, and culminating in an enormously successful performance of Fanshawe's African Sanctus. David also works frequently with local orchestras and chamber groups. His work with choirs and orchestras has attracted superb notices in the UK and abroad. He is also increasingly in demand for master-classes and as a competition judge.