'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 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 and I hope to assist pupils to discover their full potential creatively.
Regarding my playing work, 2013 has turned out to be something of an Anniversary year. 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 has been a few years since joining him for a BBC Songs Of Praise recording in Coventry Cathedral and two UK Cathedrals Tours, which have been captured on a wonderful live CD entitled 'Sacred Journey'). This year is the 40th Anniversary of Greenbelt and so it was good to return to this unique event & to meet up with many friends once again.
I would invite you to explore the pages that cover my my long friendship, association and touring/recording work with musician & composer Adrian Snell. Working with Adrian has been such a privilege (on projects such as 'Alpha + Omega' & 'Song Of An Exile'). These projects and years of touring with Adrian were the catalyst that introduced me the Jewish roots of the Christian faith & to treasure our rich Judeo Christian heritage. Subsequent discoveries led me on to learn also of the Celtic origins of the Christian faith within these Islands and to then consider a musical project that would share & to express something of these discoveries. Do please check the link for IONA (under the heading Performance & Recording) to find out more about this very significant part of my journey. It is my intention to work further on these writings in due course & to share something more of the journey across the years.
I have recorded once again with Barry & Batya Segal (my fourth recording project with them now). This new CD is called 'Day 7' and is inspired by the origins of Shabbat and was produced by Dave Bainbridge (who also features on keyboards, guitars, bouzouki & mandolins). It was also good to join Barry & Batya once again in London for the UK Sukkot Celebration. I was also very pleased to record with Chris Eaton once again, this time for a wonderful singer called Mary-Jess Leaverland (who Chris is producing at present). Recently I was invited by my good friend Dave Bainbridge to record for his new solo project. This was a special time together as recorded & shared memories of how almost 25 years ago we joined forces (with our dear friend 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).
Thanks for visiting, David