David Palmer endeared himself to a great section of the public, and made history by being the first Dick Dauntless with a West Country accent; he spent some years in Somerset with the R.A.F. before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, and this doubtless laid the foundation for his dialect!

While in his last year at the Academy he joined the Choir of the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, and it was as a chorister there that he attended his audition at the Savoy Theatre and was accepted as a chorister of the Opera Company. He soon graduated to principal tenor roles which he sang with the Company for four years.

He married Ann Hood, also a member of the company, on March 7th 1964 and they both left the company in 1967.

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