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Barton, David

David has forged a wide-ranging career in the sphere of the performing arts. Since the age of 26, he has run a hugely successful private teaching practice in Gloucester, specializing in teaching flute, piano, singing (including music theater) and music theory. He has a deep interest in, and wholehearted commitment to music education, developing innovative teaching methods, comprehensive and well-rounded curricula, and workshop-based and performance opportunities for students.

As a pianist, he has accompanied numerous examination candidates, choirs, and ensembles and has been a church organist since the age of 14. He gives regular organ recitals and is often in demand as an accompanist and organist at weddings and other special services. For the past two years, he has been Director of Music at St. John's Northgate, Gloucester.

For many years he has composed and arranged music, and since 2005, he has had a substantial number of pieces published both in the UK and abroad, with performances taking place worldwide. The music he produces is diverse both in its style and instrumentation, but overall, its intention is to be accessible and enjoyable. He has worked extensively with young composers, encouraging them to develop their skills and to enjoy composing. In addition to his work as a teacher, composer, and accompanist, he contributes regularly to a number of music-related magazines and journals, writing on a wide range of issues, particularly in relation to music education.