'O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise' (Psalm 51:15 NKJV)
Hello, and Welcome to my Website
These pages offer news and information regarding my work as a musician and music teacher. I do hope you will find this site useful and helpful.
For my tuition work there are pages of information regarding my private teaching practice & work within schools here in Norfolk. I am a registered and full member of the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) and the Musicians Union. Having been tutored and inspired by such wonderful teachers and many colleagues over the years I regard it a privilege and a joy to now pass on to a new generation the skills & experience that I have accumulated during a lifetime of study & application. I offer tuition on Saxophone & Flute (to Diploma standard), Clarinet, Piano & Music Theory.
A good number of my pupils have in the past reached advanced levels of playing and have been awarded top prizes in local, regional and national music festivals & competitions. These include the Norfolk County Music Festival, Norfolk Young Musician of the Year (please click the 'Trust' link) and the BBC Young Musician competition, where one of my pupils reached the woodwind semi-finals in Cardiff in 2014. In addition to these events some of my pupils have also been awarded places in various music academies and programmes such as: Guildhall School of Music (www.gsmd.ac.uk/), Junior Guildhall - which is a weekly Saturday school, the National Youth Jazz Collective and Aldeburgh Young Musicians. These organizations run special programmes, retreats and events, usually during holiday seasons. Entry to any of these is competitive and so those that are awarded a place are to be highly commended. I am pleased to be part of the teaching team at the NCYM Saturday Music School here in Norwich (this is a partnership between Norfolk Music Service & the Guildhall School of Music & Drama) where I also direct the NCYM Saturday School's Jazz Ensemble.
Music for me is a passion, a God given gift I believe. It is my hope & my endeavour to assist pupils to discover the joy of making music for themselves, to love doing so and to reach their own unique potential. I have discovered that I am indeed privileged to teach as I have been to play, perform and record music.
My journey in music started with piano lessons (with Evelyn Norman in my home town of Bishop's Stortford) and (at the age of 15) to study (Flute & Saxophone) at HM Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, Kent. After playing and travelling across the world with this most prestigious military band I then went on to work and to explore new and exciting musical traditions. I am probably best known for my work (during the last 30 years) within the Christian Music and Worship arena and have been privileged to work with so many fine musicians & song writers over the years (including Graham Kendrick, Adrian Snell, Noel Richards, Barry & Batya Segal (israel) & Stuart Townend). In 1989 I formed, with my good friend & fellow collaborator Dave Bainbridge, the band IONA. I invite you to enjoy the video below and to explore this website to discover more of my story, my work and of my passion for music and creativity. The song on the video is called Chi-Rho and the film was a promo for the second project that I recorded with IONA (entitled 'The Book Of Kells' and was initially inspired by that great Celtic Illuminated Manuscript). It was my final project with the band. Along with Joanne Hogg (Vocals & Keys), Dave & myself you will see two more original band members Nick Beggs (Bass/Chapman Stick) & also Terl Bryant (Drums/Percussion). For more videos & sound recordings featuring my work with IONA and many more artists do please visit my You Tube & Soundcloud sites (just click the logos above).
Thanks for visiting, David