David’s career has spanned five continents and many cultures. Inspired by his time at King’s College, Cambridge, and by his boyhood in the spiritually rich countryside of Gloucestershire, UK, he developed strong beliefs that have driven his life’s contribution:
‘The power of the arts in government, strong yet subtle, is continually undervalued by politicians. But not always so – throughout history there are remarkable, telling, exceptions.’
‘The arts, loosely defined, offer a tool to foster understanding and cooperation across nations and cultures.’
As a violinist and conductor he performed worldwide. A recording artist in his own right, he was a Principal of Lord Menuhin’s Chamber Orchestra. Specialist education at all ages and the needs of young professionals have been a primary commitment in his work.
Inspired and spontaneous with more than a streak of greatness … as an example of intense musical communication, it was one of the most thrilling things I have heard.The Times of India
But he discovered a broader challenge. Governments, cities, the United Nations have welcomed his skill as hands-on counsellor – developing innovative strategies for cultural development, urban regeneration, education and funding.
Any man who can understand Hong Kong in ten weeks flat must be employed by this Government.Sir Murray MacLehose, Governor of Hong Kong
For a few examples: he created from new the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (£37M, 1979); was UN Consultant in Cyprus; introduced multiracial workshops in South Africa during apartheid; directed the Festivals of Switzerland and Thailand; incorporated the Oxford Philomusica Orchestra, the University’s first ever resident orchestra; gave the keynote address at the USA–Pacific Rim Conference ‘The Economics of the Arts and Tourism: 2000’.
It is not meer Zeal to learning, or Devotion to the Muses, that wiser Princes patron the Arts.Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1658