Councillor David Curtis was born in Surrey and attended the local primary school and Reigate Grammar School. He has lived in the town for 25 years and is married with three children, all of whom attended local schools
David was appointed to the Town Council in May 2019 and serves on the Finance & Scrutiny Committee Mayoral, Civic Ceremonial & Events Committee. He is also a member of one of the sub-groups.
Before entering local politics, David had a varied career in the classical music industry as a performer, promoter and educator. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, he was a member of the Coull String Quartet for over thirty years, moving to Stratford in 1993, when he founded Orchestra of the Swan. He developed the orchestra into a highly successful local small business employing six staff, growing it from a fax machine in his spare room to one of the leading chamber orchestras in the country. As a performer he has toured Australia, India, the Far East, North & South America, China and most European countries, recorded over 50 CDs, given more than 250 broadcasts for BBC Radio and TV and has initiated numerous projects in the local community, particularly focusing on children with special needs and older people. Since leaving the orchestra in 2018, David has continued to perform in the Middle East and as Principal Guest conductor of the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra. Recently he formed a new international production company, Shakespeare Sinfonia Ltd, which has already released its first CD.
David believes in the power of music to transform lives and developed Orchestra of the Swan’s community programme which saw musicians performing in schools, care homes and hospices throughout the West Midlands, raising over £200,000 for these projects from trusts and sponsorship, including running the Shakespeare and London Marathons. He is Chairman of Stratford Chamber Music Society and Shipston Music Society and has been Governor at two local schools.
In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and travelling, as well as running and cycling and he is studying to improve his French.