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David Humphreys, organ
Peterborough Cathedral

Saturday 2 June 2018 at 1:00pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

Hollins: Concert Overture in C major
Buxtehude: Praeambulum in A minor, BuxWV158
Bull: Ut re me fa sol la
Howells: Master Tallis's Testament
Saint-Saëns: Première Fantaisie
Elgar: Sursum corda
Patterson: Fluorescence

The third of a series of 10 Saturday lunchtime recitals on St Laurence's famous Snetzler organ with large screen video projection of the performer.

David Humphreys is Assistant Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, where his duties include accompanying and directing the Cathedral Choir on a daily basis. He has held the post since moving from a similar role at St  Edmundsbury Cathedral in October 2011, a time that has included two terms as Acting Director of Music, when he was responsible for the cathedral's entire music programme, including all the provision for choral services.

David is also in demand as a recitalist, recently playing at venues including Westminster and St Paul's cathedrals. His most recent solo CD, from Peterborough Cathedral on the Regent label, was released in March 2015 to widespread critical acclaim; Church Music Quarterly summing it up as ‘fabulous music played on a superb organ by a gifted and exciting organist’, whilst Gramophone hailed it as ‘a disc full of delights’, with ‘about as compelling a case for the Fantasia and Fugue in G by Parry as it has ever received on disc.’ Through his work at Peterborough Cathedral and further afield, David is committed to bringing the organ to a wider audience. He is dedicated to helping the next generation of young organists, and as such enjoys an active role as a local teacher and has taught for the University of Cambridge and Oundle for Organists.

David studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Cambridge, where he read music. He held organ scholarships at All Saints, Margaret Street, St Albans Abbey and Jesus College, Cambridge, during which time, whilst an undergraduate, he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He has made numerous appearances on BBC radio and television, accompanying and directing choirs live on BBC Radio 3; he has toured widely across Europe and played continuo for groups such as the Britten Sinfonia, Saraband Consort and Charivari Agréable. He has played for a number of royal engagements, including, whilst at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Office for the Royal Maundy in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.

The organ in St Laurence's is one of the finest Parish Church organs in England. At its heart is the 19-stop 1764 organ by the Swiss maker John Snetzler. This was enlarged in the C19 by Gray and Davison to form the magnificent 4-manual instrument that we have today.

Unreserved seating
Free: retiring collection

All recitals at St Laurence's are listed on

David Humphreys
The Snezler organ in St Laurence, Ludlow
The organ console.