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David Briggs Gala Organ Recital

Saturday 21st May

19:00 - 21:00

Internationally-renowned organist, David Briggs, performs a Gala Organ Recital in aid of The Friends of Wells Cathedral Grand Organ Appeal

“…one of the world’s greatest contemporary organists”

(New York Times)

Join us on the evening of Saturday 21st May 2022 for an evening of exceptional music making by David Briggs, consistently ranked as one of the finest organists of his generation. Internationally renowned, Briggs' performances are acclaimed for their musicality and his ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages.

Gala Organ Recital - Musical Programme

Franz Schmidt - Prelude and Fugue in D major ‘Hallelujah’

Ravel (trans. Briggs) - Pavane pour une infante défunte

Improvisation: Scherzo Symphonique

Widor - Symphonie VI

Adagio - Finale

Vaughan Williams (trans. Briggs) - Symphony No. 5 in D Major

Preludio - Scherzo - Romanza - Passacaglia

About David Briggs

Known for his unbridled virtuosity and passion for making organ music vibrant and accessible to a wide and diverse audience, Briggs is one of the most sought after concert organists of his generation.

At the age of 17, Briggs obtained his FRCO (Fellow of the Royal College of Organists) diploma, winning the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. From 1981-84 he was Organ Scholar at King’s College Cambridge, during which time he also studied with Jean Langlais in Paris.

He teaches performance at Cambridge University, frequently serves on international organ competition juries, and gives master classes at colleges and conservatories across the US and Europe.

Briggs has held numerous positions in North America and the UK. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.

About the Friends of Wells Cathedral Grand Organ Appeal

The Friends of Wells Cathedral aims to raise the £2m needed to restore and improve the Cathedral organ. New ranges of pipes will be added and existing pipes will be given a new lease of life. The result will be the best organ our Cathedral has ever had – fit for the 21st Century – our Grand Organ.

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Sunday 22nd May: The Cathedral will be holding a special service of Thanksgiving for the Platinum Jubilee at 3pm to which all are warmly invited. There will be restricted access to visitors from 1.30pm, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.