Dave chose the diversity of a freelance career and juggles his commitments between a number of ensembles. He is currently a member and guest leader of Sinfonia Viva and the Northern Chamber Orchestra. For fifteen years he was leader of the highly acclaimed contemporary music group, Psappha appearing at most of the major UK festivals including Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and the BBC Proms and making numerous broadcasts and recordings as chamber musician and soloist.
Dave can often be seen in the violin sections of the North West's symphony orchestras and has recently accepted a principal position with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. A passion for Argentinian Tango music led him to form the vibrant quintet, Tango 5, specialising in the music of Astor Piazzolla. In his spare time Dave brews beer and follows the mixed fortunes of Newcastle United.