Musician of the GSO since: The very beginning!
Other Orchestral Experience: KW Chamber, Musica Viva, Hart House, University of Guelph
Vermont Phil and Green Mountain Mahler Festival Orchestras.
Academics and teachers:Timpani at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.; Vera Gilbert and Bruce Mulholland in New Zealand
Other Occupations: Now happily retired from university teaching (Geography Department,
U of G). I have my own research consulting firm.
Q & A with David Why play timpani? It gives me immense pleasure to fit my playing to the demands of composers and to conductors’ interpretations. How did you get interested in classical music? As a kid I listened to my Dad’s collection of 78rpm records, which included Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto (on 8 records), with tempo changes due to my winding the crank when needed! Later, our first long playing record (33rpm) contained Sibelius’ Finlandia and Symphony No. 5, which amazed me. Greatest musical influence? Beethoven Best gig you've ever performed at? Performing for the Queen when I was 12. Favourite food? My wife Janet's spectacular spaghetti sauce! Outside interests? Research, writing, MAREP (an Alzheimer’s research group), the Alzheimer Society (Guelph Wellington) Favourite Works? Hadyn’s London symphonies, Mozart’s Requiem and Magic Flute, Beethoven’s Third and Ninth symphonies, Brahms’ four symphonies and Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, anything by Dvorak, and Neilsen’s Fourth Symphony (The Inextinguishable) Favourite way to relax? Reading with a cat on my lap What's a fact no one would know about you? I enjoy exploring old cemeteries .