David took up the trumpet aged nine, following in the footsteps of his grandfather who was a bandmaster in the North East. He joined the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra and went on to study at the Royal College of Music with Michael Laird.
After 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. He also became principal trumpet of the AAM with Christopher Hogwood.
In 1993 David formed the groundbreaking group Blackadder Brass, which became the resident educational ensemble at Symphony Hall in Birmingham and played to over 40,000 children in its first three years. He is also a professor at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
He is renowned as a soloist, having performed and recorded with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowski. His recordings of Handel arias with singers including Renee Fleming and Kiri Te Kanawa have received particular critical acclaim; and he has recorded the Brandenburg Concertos with Trevor Pinnock and with the AAM.
Watch David discussing JS Bach’s Magnificat