David McAlmont was born to a Guyanese mother and Nigerian father in Croydon, Surrey, just two years after it became a London borough. He was a pupil in Croydon and Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, until 1978 when he and his sister travelled to Guyana, South America, where he completed his high school education. Upon his return to the UK in 1987, he read Performing Arts at Middlesex University, shortly after which he signed to Chrysalis Music Publishing and Virgin Records. He is best known for his collaborations with Bernard Butler, David Arnold and Michael Nyman; other collaborators have been Courtney Pine and Hifi Sean formerly of the Soup Dragons. In 2012 he returned to higher education with the study of the History of Western Art & Architecture at Birkbeck College, Univeristy of London. He is now a member of the academic team at the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio where he is Course Tutor on the MA/MFA Spatial Design programme. Current projects also include a collaboration with the University of Leicester on the National Trust's Prejudice and Pride programme.