David has worked as a cabaret, theatre and ballet pianist, an English teacher to German bankers, a clinical assistant with autistic children, an art school life model, and an assistant to a leading theatrical milliner.  He has also danced the length of the Champs Elysées, representing Britain in Jean-Paul Goode’s Bicentennial Parade.

David worked as a theatre designer, primarily with Adventures in Motion Pictures, one of Britain’s leading dance companies, for which he was also commissioned to compose original instrumental work.  His designs included Matthew Bourne's Infernal Galop, Deadly Serious, The Percys of Fitzrovia and Drip (BBC's Dance for the Camera).  He also designed the first Italian translation of Bernstein's Candide for Graham Vick at Batignano, Tuscany.

A translator for the Parisian Professor Alfred Tomatis and the National Research Group, David subsequently trained in Physical Medicine.  For thirteen years, he worked as physical therapist and yoga teacher at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and has led courses in a little-known Himalayan tradition of Shaiva Tantra Yoga at English National Opera in London, for the Jerwood Young Artists’ Programme, and with village groups in various regions of India. 

In a return to the theatre, he collaborated with choreographer Ben Wright, composer Alan Stones, and projection artist Dick Straker on a new theatre production, The Lessening of Difference, with the contemporary dance company bgroup which made a national British tour through the winter of 2011.

In 2013, he was invited to be a representative of the British charity Diversity Role Models, which “actively seeks to prevent homophobic bullying ... by educating all young people about differences in sexuality and gender identity.”

In 2015, he was interviewed for How to Create Kind Schools by Jenny Hulme (published by Jessica Kingsley), which features Martin Sheen, Henry Winkler, Jamie Oliver and others, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the national anti-bullying charity Kidscape.

Since 1993, David has spent his life between the Sussex Downs and the foothills of both the Bengal and Garhwal Himalaya.


David’s first book, In the Shadow of Crows, was published in 2009 by Reportage Press, London.  A percentage of the publisher's profits from its sale were dedicated to the work of Sarvashubhamkara, the charity David co-founded and continues to run amongst ostracised individuals and communities in India.  In 2011, a second edition was published by Signal Books, Oxford.

His second book, Limitless Sky, was released by Rider Books/Random House in June 2014.


David’s mother was raised amongst dairy cows on a Sussex farm, his father in the foothills of the Western Himalayas.

He enjoyed an eclectic education in Epsom, Lichfield, Paris, Frankfurt, Stockholm, London and Bath.

“Perhaps the only true morality is to live and love fully, fearlessly and without condition.”

- David Charles Manners, The Lessening of Difference