Having begun musical studies at an early age, David held his first parish church organist post at 15 and became Organ Exhibitioner of St John’s College, Oxford, and spent a further postgraduate year at Clare College, Cambridge.
In 1978 he was appointed Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral and in 1988 was appointed Organist and Master of Choristers. He was involved in many national and international occasions, such as the enthronement of Archbishop Runcie and the visit of Pope John Paul II, and has been responsible for the music at all the special occasions, in particular the enthronement of Archbishop Carey, the enthronement of Archbishop Williams in February 2003 and the 1998 and 2008 Lambeth Conferences and the enthronement of Archbishop Welby in 2013.
He has given many organ recitals internationally and has studied with Gillian Weir and Jean Langlais. Under his direction, the Cathedral choir has toured in Europe and North America. In July 2002, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Kent. In 2008 he was made an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University. He has been a visiting professor at CCCU since 2011.