David Routledge chose the diversity of a freelance career and juggles his commitments between a number of ensembles. He is currently a member and guest leader of Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia Viva and the Northern Chamber Orchestra.
For fifteen years he was leader of the highly acclaimed contemporary music group, Psappha and has appeared at most of the major UK festivals including Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and the BBC Proms, and made numerous broadcasts and recordings as chamber musician and soloist. Dave can often be seen in the violin sections of the Northwest’s symphony orchestras, frequently playing as guest principal and recently leading the orchestra of Welsh National Opera.
Dave has a passion for Argentinian Tango music, which led him to form the vibrant quintet, Tango 5 – specialising in the music of Astor Piazzolla. In his spare time Dave brews beer and follows the mixed fortunes of Newcastle United!