Born 1963 Hornchurch, Essex, David Thomas first became seriously interested in music whilst at Secondary School when he took up the Trombone. Until that time his only musical confrontation had been with the Descant Recorder earlier when attending Primary School.
The Trombone led him to play in School Orchestras, a Dance Band and later the
local Youth Orchestra which all went side by side with taking both practical and
theory of music examinations. However, when alone David found practicing the Trombone
a very un-
Some years have passed since David first laid his hands on that keyboard and he is certainly glad that he made the change from "Blowing" to "Tickling"! In those years he has appeared along with many of Britain's Top Organists and at many prestigious venues, played on Radio, and been the subject of Personality Profiles in Home Keyboard Review and other magazines. During the 80's he was voted Second in Organ Player magazine's readers poll as "Most Promising Up And Coming Organist."
1982 saw the first meeting of the East London & Essex Organ Society and David was delighted to be helpful in get the society of the ground. To this day he enjoys an association with the Society and is proud to have been asked to become their Honorary President.
In "87" David started a new chapter in his life when he and his wife Teresa bought an 18th Century cottage in Norfolk which after renovation in his spare time is now, although not finished, their home. The property includes an outbuilding which he has transformed into a small office/studio for the production of his own recordings.
All in all the late 80's were very busy for David, rushing around the countryside playing at many venues, whilst managing the keyboard department of a London music shop, working on his home, and in 1988 also becoming the resident Organist for The London Borough of Barking at its Broadway Theatre where he began providing the pure "Dance Music" (Ballroom, Latin, Disco, Sequence and Old Time) for monthly Tea Dances. Since that time David finds his services in demand for this popular pastime up and down the Country.
At the end of 1990 David broke his five day a week tie in the retail business
and became a full-
In the summer of 1994 David was asked to become one of the freelance Artiste/Demonstrators
for the well-
Over the years he has been honoured to have been one of the panel of judges on a number of occasions and noteably for the American Theatre Organ Society's Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competitions. This prestigious event is held each year at the Woking Leisure Centre where the contestants compete on the society's 16 Rank Wurlitzer
October 2004 saw yet another musical side to David's career emerge in a new venture for DTKM (David Thomas Keyboard Music). This took the form of a step outside the "Organ & Keyboard World" in which David is well known. The idea was to test the water and put on a concert with two good friends Tanya Lee and Colin Wyatt in a small Theatre and aimed at the general Public. David's Roland ATELIER became both a solo and accompaniment instrument for a delightful evening of music. The night saw a wonderful variety and mix of "Middle of The Road" material featuring the vocal talents of Tanya and Colin with instrumentals from David. This first show was such a success that the three decided to form a team. Late 2005 the three were joined by yet another voice in that belonging to Sally Darby, and so it was the three became four and adopted the name of In Harmony.
The name and term In Harmony describes their shows perfectly. Together, the
choice and mix of well known material, the voices which compliment one another brilliantly,
The Summer of 2006 saw the introduction of the first in a series of self contained Themed shows with "Musical Magic" debuting in East Anglia. This show consists of a selection of hits from the stages of Broadway, The West End and Silver Screen and it and the others added since ("60's Gold" & "Fabulous 40's") are now wowing audiences on each outing.
With his experience and artistic feel in creating screen graphics for the In Harmony shows, David took on the job of providing the Live Camera and Screen coverage for some of the UK's largest keyboard festivals. His reputation has now grown and this has proved so popular that he now finds himself in demand at many events as both a Player and Technician in the yearly UK Festival calendar. DTKM AV Presentations
David's "On The Road" equipment currently consists of the fabulous "State
of the Art" Roland ATELIER AT-
Winter 2010 saw David & his wife Teresa take over former Wisbech & District
Organ Society and re-