David Briggs. Masterclass, talk and recital

Join international concert organist David Briggs at Lincoln Cathedral on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 June 2024.

Masterclass – Tuesday 25 June, 6.30pm

On Tuesday 25 June at 6.30pm David will be hosting a masterclass with six students. The audience will hear each student will play a piece of music and David will give feedback and advice. A wonderful opportunity for organ players and enthusiasts to learn from David’s advice.

Organ recital and Illustrated talk – Wednesday 26 June, 7pm

On Wednesday 26 June at 7pm David Briggs will give an illustrated talk entitled:‘Pierre Cochereau, Titulaire Organist of Notre-Dame de Paris from 1955 until 1984’

This will be followed at 7.30pm by an organ recital by David Briggs. The ticket price for this event will include a drink.

A discounted ticket is available if you wish to attend both the masterclass and the recital.

Please note: All tickets are subject to a small booking fee
Tickets are sold as non-returnable and non-refundable.
This programme is subject to change with no notice. We reserve the right to cancel this event. If we do need to cancel all tickets will be refunded.
This event is run through the Lincoln Cathedral Learning, Arts, Culture and Events CIO. Registered charity in England and Wales 1175597. Registered Address 4 Priorygate, Lincoln, LN2 1PL

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David Briggs

 “Mr. Briggs is one of our finest organists, and also a particularly good transcriber of orchestral works for his own instrument.”
The New York Times

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. Consistently ranked as one of the finest organists of his generation, David’s extensive repertoire spans five centuries. He has also become one of the foremost organ transcribers of symphonic works, thereby giving listeners the opportunity to experience the organ in a new way. He has transcribed orchestral compositions by Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Bruckner, Ravel, and Bach as well as Mahler’s Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth symphonies.

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Described as ‘an intrepid improviser” by Michael Barone, host of American Public Media’s Pipedreams, David also frequently performs improvisations to silent films such as Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Nosferatu, Jeanne d’Arc, Metropolis, King of Kings, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the General, and a variety of Charlie Chaplin films.

At the age of 17, David 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 University, during which time he studied with Jean Langlais in Paris. The first British winner of the Tournemire Prize at the St Albans International Improvisation Competition, he also won the first prize in the International Improvisation Competition at Paisley. Subsequently David held positions at Hereford, Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals.

Deeply committed to ensuring organ music remains relevant and vibrant, David enjoys giving pre-concert lectures and demonstrations that help make organ music more broadly accessible. He teaches performance at Cambridge University, frequently serves on international organ competition juries, and gives master classes at colleges and conservatories across the U.S. and Europe.

David performs more than 50 concerts a year at such venues as Maison Symphonique, Montreal; Royal Albert Hall, London; Notre -Dame, St Sulpice and St Eustache, Paris; Kimmel Center, Philadelphia; Berlin Philharmonie, Germany; St James Cathedral, Toronto; International Performing Arts Center, Moscow; Valencia Cathedral, Spain; National Auditorium, Madrid; Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria (BC); Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway; Grace Cathedral, San Francisco (CA); and King’s College, Cambridge.

David Briggs is also a prolific composer and his works range from full scale oratorios to works for solo instruments. He has recorded two DVDs, and 37 CDs, many of which include his own compositions and transcriptions.

David is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City. For more information, Please visit www.david-briggs.org.