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“A Corporate Creativity Maestro”
David is an innovator who works in business, the arts and social change.
A performing artist by background, he was boy soloist at the Royal Opera House where he first sang with Placido Domingo at the age of 9. He has toured the world as an orchestral player, written for the great Stanley Kubrick, presented a music series on BBC2 and set up two mould-breaking opera companies.
In 1994, when one of the world’s leading service firms was looking for a radical new way to boost creativity they asked for David’s help. Two decades on he’s a creative confidante to the leaders of some of the world’s leading businesses helping them and the teams they lead perform at new levels.
He is perhaps best known for the artful way he designs, orchestrates and animates high-stakes business events, his inspiring keynotes and accessible business books.
Beyond business, his non-profit venture Street Wisdom transforms ordinary city streets into extraordinary learning zones. Founded in 2012 it’s already active in over 40 countries.
Meanwhile David keeps his own performance skills honed in the knife-edge improvised shows of his company Impropera.
David believes that the world needs leaders who are less like commanders and more like conductors. He recently decided to put theory to the test, take a leap and pick up a baton. This short film (by Jessie Roger) captures some of what he discovered. About leading. About ensemble. About art. About schlepping chairs.
David lives in London and Piedmont, Italy with his wife Joanna – whom he met during an impromptu serenade under her window – and his two children Elsa and Zach. He’s a private pilot who’d love to fly more and a passionate road cyclist that’s always thinking about that next hill.
David isn’t alone. Pearl Group is an ensemble of superbly skilled coaches, facilitators and artists-in-business that has grown up around David’s work over two decades. It means we can work at scale and depth. We also have superb allies in production and logistics. You want to take 600 people to a desert island for a retreat? OK. You want to train 900 people in advanced meeting leadership? Fine. You need to prepare your entire leadership for a high stakes meeting and there’s no time? No worries.