On Saturday 7 September we look forward to welcoming international recitalist David Briggs to play the 2010/13 Nicholson Organ at the Cathedral. This recital is part of the Royal College of Organists 2019 ‘Organ Fest’ which is taking place in Cardiff from 6-8 September. More details can be found here OrganFest.
David’s recital will explore the colours of the instrument here at the Cathedral and will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for future broadcast. The programme will be as follows:
Briggs – Marche Episcopale
J S Bach – Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731; Piece d’orgue, BWV 572
Dupre – Symphonie No.2
Briggs – Symphonic Improvisation on Three Welsh Themes
David Briggs is an internationally renowned organist whose performances are acclaimed for their musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages. With an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries, he is known across the globe for his brilliant organ transcriptions of symphonic music by composers such as Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Bruckner, Ravel, and Bach. Fascinated by the art of Improvisation since a child, David also frequently performs improvisations to silent films such as Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Nosferatu, Jeanne d’Arc, Metropolis, as well as a variety of Charlie Chaplin films.
David has held positions at King’s College, Cambridge, Hereford, Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals. He is currently Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York City.
Stephen Moore, Director of Music at Llandaff Cathedral said of the recital “It is immensely exciting to be able to welcome an organist of David’s standing to play here at the Cathedral. We are looking forward to him putting the Nicholson through its paces in a wonderfully varied and colourful programme. It’s also a particular delight to be able to welcome the 2019 Organ Fest to Cardiff and for Llandaff to have a part in the weekend’s events.”
Further details about the recital and booking information may be found here.