David was born into a showbiz family. His father Robert was a light music composer who wrote film music and television themes such as Colditz and Secret Army. His mother Patricia was casting director for Herbert Wilcox and Anna Neagle.
Uncle Brian was a bandleader and Uncle Dennis wrote the music for Bouquet of Barbed Wire and Mr Magoo. Three cousins were Hollywood actresses, one of whom, Charmian, played Liesl in the Sound of Music.
David got music diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, and Trinity College of Music London whilst still at school. After studying music at Cambridge University he went freelance.
He started off at ATV television working on shows like The Muppets and the Royal Variety Performance. His 20’s were spent composing, conducting, performing and producing with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the London Philharmonic in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the London Palladium . Artists he has recorded with include George Benson, Pia Zadora, George Shearing, Eileen Farrell and Jose Carreras.
Since 1990 he has devoted himself exclusively to composition, to date over 600 published and recorded works. His many contributions to film and television shows are listed in the credits section.
He lives in Guernsey with his wife Susie, some horses and, at the latest count, 6 basset hounds. He has two sons; Tom is also a composer and George is an economist.