What if someone suddenly developed the ability to produce high quality paintings of their NDE, a new-found skill that went far beyond the artistic ability they had before? And what if that same person then suddenly acquired the ability to compose classical symphonies after their NDE? And their symphonies were then premiered at sell out orchestral concerts, even though, to this day, they are unable to read or write a single note of musical notation. Wouldn’t this be proof that even a cynic would have a hard time explaining?
David Ditchfield is a near-death experience (NDE)-inspired artist, composer, and author. He wants to use his NDE to make a positive difference to people’s lives. In 2006, he was dragged under a speeding train in a freak accident. As the surgeons fought to save him, he had a profound NDE. When he woke up in hospital, he had acquired astonishing new abilities. He found he could paint dramatic paintings of what he had seen in the Afterlife, far beyond any artistic ability he had before. He then discovered he could compose classical music, having never received any training. To this day, he cannot read or write a single note of musical notation, and yet his debut NDE-inspired symphony, The Divine Light, was premiered at a sell-out orchestral concert to a standing ovation. He has since composed a follow-up symphony, ’The Falcon’, which was also premiered at a sell-out concert, as was his Cambridge Clarinet Choir commissioned piece ‘Awake’, conducted by renowned Clarinet player Andrew Webster. He has also completed over 40 paintings, including a number of commissioned artworks. He lives, paints and composes in a converted riverside mill near Cambridge, UK.