'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. Music for me is a passion, a God given gift. It is my hope & my endeavour to assist pupils to discover the joy of making music for themselves and to reach their own unique potential.
2013 was something of an Anniversary year for me. During August I played at this year's Greenbelt Festival (with Greenbelt founding fathers 'The Fat Band', once named 'All Things New' and also for an acoustic set with Graham Kendrick - it had been a few years since joining him for a BBC Songs Of Praise recording in Coventry Cathedral, during two UK Cathedrals Tours, which have been captured on a wonderful live CD entitled 'Sacred Journey'). 2013 was the 40th Anniversary of Greenbelt and so it was good to have returned to this unique event and to meet up with many friends once again.
Sometime 2014 I shall be joining my good friend (musician & composer) Adrian Snell for a concert in Bath (date to be confirmed). Working with Adrian has been such a privilege (on recordings such as 'Alpha + Omega', 'Song Of An Exile' & 'City Of Peace'). These projects and years of touring with Adrian were the catalyst that introduced me to the Jewish roots of the Christian faith & to treasure our rich Judeo Christian heritage. Subsequent discoveries (& journeys to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne & Iona) introduced me to the Celtic origins of the Christian faith within these Islands and to consider a musical project that would seek to share & to express something of these discoveries.
It was good to have been invited by Dave Bainbridge to record at his studio in Lincolnshire for his new solo project. This was a special time together as we journeyed through his amazing new music & shared memories of how almost 25 years ago we joined forces (first as a duo & then with Joanne Hogg) to establish the band and project IONA.
Enjoy the video below. This is a song called Chi-Rho and the film was a promo for the second project that I recorded with IONA (entitled 'The Book Of Kells' and initially inspired by that great Celtic Illuminated Manuscript). Along with Jo, Dave & myself you will see two more original band members Nick Beggs (Bass/Chapman Stick) & also Terl Bryant (Drums/Percussion).
Thanks for visiting, David