David hails from Essex and was taught to ring by his father at Orsett in 1975. Although he didn’t ring his first peal until the age of 14, eight years in Birmingham, initially as a student, introduced him to top-quality 12-bell ringing both at St Martin-in-the-Bullring and at St Philip’s Cathedral where he was Tower Captain for five years. He was also an active member of the St Martin’s Guild of which he was Ringing Master, also for five years.
A move to York followed in 1995 and David has been Tower Captain at St Wilfrid’s RC church (an 18cwt 10) since 2002. During that time, the band has grown both through the tuition of new ringers and the attraction of good 10-bell ringing; the Sunday service band regularly rings Bristol Royal amongst a varied repertoire.
David rang his 1000th peal in 2006 but now derives more pleasure from composing peals, leading the St Wilfrid’s band and joining in the ringing progress of son Ewan who, with his first quarter peal aged 7 and first peal aged 8, is destined to be an excellent change-ringer. He is also proud to be the leader of the Stockton-on-Tees 12-bell Striking Contest band.
He is a strong believer in high standards in ringing and that, whilst there is a balance to be reached with technical attainment, the quality of the noise outside the tower is of paramount importance. David also believes that the tuition of ringing should be placed on the same footing as other leisure pursuits such as learning a sport or how to play a musical instrument.