David was brought up in a singing family where songs were an everyday part of life, not only around the home (he was singing songs from the age of two!) but also in school and church choirs, where he first developed his leadership skills. Later he sang with the university choir at Leeds.

David has been teaching in schools since 1976, where he organised and produced musicals.  He also gained his MLTB Hillwalking Award and has been involved with organising residential visits for over 30 yea
rs.  It was in 1982 with Chris Hart, an inspired outdoor educationist at Ingleborough Hall, that he was first introduced to singing and dancing on mountains and in the environment.

David left full-time teaching in 2006 and broadened his “range” to include adults as well as children.  He started “Sing Out” to help children and adults to sing, alongside part-time primary school teaching.  He leads workshops ranging from helping adult church congregations, to infant refugees in need of fun and belonging.  He also arranges and leads singing events and holidays for singers, and is a singing tutor with HF Holidays.

David leads two community choirs; the “Sheeptown Songsters” in Skipton, the “Courthouse Choir” in Otley.   He sang in a trio “Going South” with Pete Ogley and Lynn Redmond, and now enjoys singing with Liz!

David believes that singing is a birthright, so we should all have the opportunity and encouragement to use our natural voices if we want to.  He believes that singing has multiple benefits: it builds confidence, raises energy levels, develops cooperation and unity in a gro
up, and of course it makes you feel great!  David has held these beliefs since he started teaching and applies them throughout his work.

“If you can walk then you can dance, if you can talk then you can sing.”