David was a musician extraordinaire.
Born in Adelaide, David lived and worked in various countries including Canada, USA, French Polynesia, Fiji and New Zealand, and finally Australia, where for six years he was Schools Manager for the Yamaha Music Foundation, before settling in Redcliffe in 1996 with his devoted wife Shirley.
A philosopher, progressive theologian, linguist, classical and jazz musician, and an all-round really nice guy, David was well-known in many circles, particularly around Redcliffe where he was a dedicated promoter and practitioner of musical culture over many years.
As a member and Vice-President of the Moreton Bay Arts Council, he helped organize the highly successful Moreton Bay Arts Festival in 2009 and the Seniors Week Festival of Choirs in 2014. He co-founded the Redcliffe City Orchestra’s Jazz Ensemble, and in collaboration with Joan Wilkie, another well-known musical identity produced and regularly performed in the much-appreciated musical series Mid-Morning Melodies at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre between 2009 and 2015. Because of his accompanying skills, he often worked with various vocal and instrumental soloists, choirs, and concert parties. He was awarded Life Membership of the Redcliffe City Orchestra (now the Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra) and was the orchestra’s pianist for many years. In addition, he was an active member and performer for the Brisbane Theatre Organ Society, a regular accompanist for the Redcliffe City Choir, and organist at his church at Kedron.