David is an Emmy and RTS Award nominated composer who has written music for over 200 productions for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, as well as many international channels including PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and Disney.
From the flagship Sir David Attenborough series ‘Life In Cold Blood’ and ‘Life In The Undergrowth’, to the ‘Springwatch’ theme and Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’, and most recently ‘Ethiopia Rising: Red Terror to Green Revolution’, David’s scores are continually in demand, in the UK and around the world. Whether working with a full orchestra, groups of folk and indigenous instruments or simply a solo instrument or voice, what is important to David is crafting a score that enhances the images and the storyline without intruding. For David, writing good screen music means understanding the difference between featured and incidental music – sensing when to augment the on-screen action and when to give it space.
Inspired by his musical experiences at Wells Cathedral School then going on to study jazz, David’s early musical compositions led to commissions from documentary makers at the BBC Natural History Unit while he was working as a sound designer and dubbing mixer with Bristol based TV post-production studios Films At 59. Through these early productions he became a regular screen composer not only for the BBC but also many independent producers.
Having started playing piano aged four, David’s musical experiences at Wells Cathedral School shaped his lifelong commitment to music. He was a choral scholar in the Cathedral choir and learned drums and percussion, becoming a regular orchestral percussionist and kit drummer.
In 1989 after studying at Newport Film School, David joined Bristol based company Films At 59 as a sound designer and dubbing mixer. His musical background combined with his experience in mixing music within soundtracks led to his first compositional commission for the BBC, the film ‘The Price Of Peace’ which explored the aftermath of the first Gulf War. Further commissions followed immediately, and in 1992 David began working as a full-time independent composer. From his studio in Bristol he has since worked continuously, composing and producing music for films broadcast on all major global networks.