David spent over thirty years in education, recently as Director of Music at The Royal High School. On re-organisation, he fulfilled an ambition to study composition at the University of Edinburgh, gaining a Masters in 2013. He now works with the Tapestry Partnership, GTCs and SQA whilst continuing to compose, teach and learn double bass.
Born and educated in Edinburgh, David built up a small collection of compositions for school groups, local choirs and chamber groups during a thirty year teaching career. This career took him to Haddington, The Scottish Borders, Montrose Academy and finally as Head of Music at The Royal High School, Edinburgh.
In 2011, Edinburgh Council re-organised its internal school structures and David took the opportunity to pursue this life-long interest in composition by undertaking a Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh. There he has the good fortune to study under both professors, Nigel Osborne and Peter Nelson.
In addition to his composition study interest, David was involved in the ‘Silk Road’ project promoting composition through ethnic stimuli to communities and schools across Scotland. Likewise, he became involved in the ‘Edinburgh University Composer’s Orchestra’, serving on the committee of this unique organisation which seeks to provide performance opportunities for new music.
David has written in several genres; orchestral pieces, chamber music, solo song, and has a particular interest in the relationship between the spoken word and music. His largest work to date is a three movement Clarinet Concerto, his own original performing instrument.
In addition to his continuing composing, David works for various agencies in music and education across Scotland including the GTCs, Tapestry Partnership and SQA.