David was born in Manchester. He began formal music lessons at the age of five, transferring to Saturday classes at the Royal Northern School of Music by the age of seven. He started learning the organ at school in Stockport as soon as his feet could reach the pedals, and continued with classical organ lessons whilst at college and university. His teacher was Dr John Birch of Chichester Cathedral.
David gained an ARCM with honours in classical organ playing and an LRAM in classical organ teaching. Leaving university in 1969, David taught for ten years in the south of England.
David discovered the theatre organ in 1964 and is wasn’t very long before he made his first BBC broadcasts on ‘The Sam Costa Show’ from the Odeon Manchester Wurlitzer.
Regular broadcasts on 'The Organist Entertains' followed, from the Granada Tooting, Watford Town Hall, The Rex Stratford, The Pavilion Hoddesdon, The Plough Great Munden and the BBC Wurlitzer. Some solo broadcasts later took place from Leicester Square, Ossett Town Hall and The Plough Great Munden.
David soon became popular on the concert circuit and was particularly known for his faultless playing of meticulously prepared programmes, which continues to this day.
After retiring from Allen Organs in 2003, David returned to his church roots at St Botolph’s in Boston, having moved to Holbeach in 1980 where he began the installation of his own theatre organ in his Georgian home.
David semi-retired from St Botolph’s in 2013 but is still kept busy playing for services and occasional concerts there as well as an accompanist to Sleaford Choral and various other local choral societies, including the South Holland Singers and Cantemus.
David is Membership Secretary of the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS) and also of the Cinema Organ Society.
In addition to his organ playing, he enjoys trying to keep fit, and driving his 1960s classic cars.