'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.
Throughout April and early May was privileged play a series of concerts & worship events across the UK with Graham Kendrick. This included some late night concerts at this year's Spring Harvest. It had been a number of years since joining with Graham & the band for a BBC Songs Of Praise recording in Coventry Cathedral, which took place during two UK Cathedrals Tours - also recorded for a wonderful live CD entitled 'Sacred Journey'. It was special to revisit many of the songs featured on this album (as well as some others that I have recorded with Graham over the years). This last tour was a smaller acoustic line-up with Graham (Voice & Guitar), Simon Dennis (Basses) and & myself (Woodwinds & Reeds).
During this year I have been recording with Roger Mayor for his new project called 'Unfinished Journey'. This has been a very significant project and I feel privileged to have been invited by Roger to contribute to what he has described as an 'intensely personal musical memoir'. Please do visit Roger's website to discover more of Roger's music and also life journey: www.rogermayor.com
Later in the year I shall be joining (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 then 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. This led to formation of the band IONA.
It has been good to have been invited by Dave Bainbridge to record at his studio in Lincolnshire for his new solo project (still being meticulously mixed & mastered and due for future release). This was a special time together as we journeyed through his amazing new music & shared memories of how 25 years ago (this year) we joined forces (first as a duo & then with Joanne Hogg) to establish the band and project IONA.
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the formation of IONA I invite you to enjoy the video below. The song 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 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