David took up the trumpet aged nine, following in the footsteps of his grandfather who was a bandmaster in the North East. After study at the Royal College of Music with Michael Laird and a season as guest principal trumpet with Scottish Opera, he joined the English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique as principal trumpet under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and also became principal trumpet with the Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood.
In high demand as a soloist in concert venues around the world, David has performed and recorded many of the great trumpet masterpieces with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski, Trevor Pinnock, Franz Brüggen and Stephen Cleobury. He has also played and recorded new works specially composed for him by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sir John Tavener, and recorded critically-acclaimed Handel arias with Reneé Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and Elin Manahan-Thomas.
In 1993 he formed the groundbreaking group Blackadder Brass which quickly became the resident educational ensemble at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, playing to over 40,000 children there in its first three years and going on to perform at major venues throughout the UK.
David had the huge honour of performing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018 to a live global audience of 1.9 billion viewers.
David’s most recent projects have been the formation of a new and unique group “The London Trumpet Choir” which will play choral music in four parts on SATB trumpets and as a music consultant, teacher and player for the latest album of royal music to be released by Alison Balsom.
Watch David discussing JS Bach’s Magnificat