With a tone deaf Father, and a Mother who always believes poorly tuned music is always "flat", it's rather hard to believe that David ever found his way into music. The genesis for his music education was in Year 3 at Claremont Primary School, where he was tested for musical aptitude and given a Violin. After a rather disastrous first year of learning the Violin left handed, the teacher was let go, and the damage was eventually reversed. This however lead to David joining the Perth Children's Choir that year to broaden his musical horizons further than a Public School at the time could possibly do. This is where his love of singing began.
When he was miraculously offered a late place at Christ Church Grammar School in Year 5, his love of music blossomed with the range of programs on offer and he was offered a place in the School's elite choir and in various string ensembles and orchestras. In Year 6, he was auditioned by legendary Cathedral Choir Master Simon Lawford to become a probationary Treble at St George's Cathedral. During the rest of his primary years, he travelled to Scotland, France, Italy and the Eastern States of Australia with the St George's Cathedral Choir, recorded two CDs on the ABC's Classical Label, was a regular soloist at services and weddings, and was installed as the first Head Chorister at CCGS. During his time at High School, his voice eventually broke and he took 6 months off from the Cathedral. He was reinstated as a Bass in the Choir when he returned and has remained in that role ever since.
In 2008, he made his Opera Chorus debut with West Australian Opera Company in Aida. Since then, he has taken part in Aida ('08), L'elisir de D'amore ('09), A Flowering Tree ('09), Le Nozze di Figaro ('09), Les Pêcheurs de Perles ('09), La Fanciulla del West ('09), The Mikado ('10), Carmen ('10), Pagliacci ('10), Cavalleria Rusticana ('10), La Sonnambula ('10), Tosca ('11), Falstaff ('11), Elektra ('12), Les Pêcheurs de Perles ('12), Lucia di Lammermoor ('12), Rigoletto ('13), La Traviata ('13), Don Giovanni ('13), La Boheme ('13), Tosca ('14), The Magic Flute ('14), Il Trovatore ('14), The Barber of Seville ('15), Faust ('15), The Elixir of Love ('16), The Pearlfishers ('16), Opera in the Park 50th Anniversary Gala ('17), Tosca ('17), The Merry Widow('17), Lucia di Lammermoor('17), La Boheme('18), Cunning Little Vixen('18), Carmen('18) and Don Giovanni('18).
With his time at St George's Cathedral now numbering more than two decades, David has performed in a vast number of performances with groups taken from the singers there. Numerous sacred concerts at the Cathedral, Regional Arts concerts in the South West, CDs and DVDs, performances for the Perth International Arts Festival and Perth Winter Arts Festival and Concerts with acclaimed international acts such as the Hilliard Ensemble, The Kings SIngers and the Academy of Ancient Music.
David has also worked with The Giovanni Consort, Perth's premiere acapella choral group, for more than 10 years. The group, comprised of a core of 10 singers, produces 4 concerts a year of eclectic choral works - from sacred choral masterpieces, to barbershop and more contemporary songs. A labour of love, David enjoys working with his Cathedral alumni in a more informal setting.
Current Works & Reviews
What projects and seasons David is undertaking in 2018 as well as a summary of reviews and accolades received during previous projects.
Featuring both solo and choral moments, these recording are just a sliver of the choral work David does.