Lunchtime concert. David Saint, formerly Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire and prolific recitalist, recently played in Germany, Edinburgh, Korea and London, and on Monday he will be playing Bach, Leyding, Langlois and Durufle on our historic, ‘Handel’ organ.
1. Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
2. Variations on Von Gott will icht nicht – Georg Dietrich Leyding (1664-1710)
3. Cantilène (Suite Breve) – Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
4. Choral Varié (sur Veni Créator Spiritus) – Maurice Duruflé (1902-86)
David Saint studied the organ with Clifford Hartley, Dr Alan Spedding and Dame Gillian Weir. He was awarded the Royal College of Organists’ Turpin Prize for the FRCO diploma at the age of 20 and was the first organ Scholar to be appointed to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Since 1978, David has been Organist and Director of Music at St Chad’s Cathedral and until 2015 he was Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, one of the UK’s leading conservatoires and which has just become the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Recent recitals include Sankt Wendel Basilika (Germany), St-Eligius Völklingen (Germany), St-Lawrence Dahn (Germany), Lancaster Priory, St Mary’s RC Cathedral Edinburgh, Leamington Festival, Keimyung University (Korea), St George’s Hanover Square and Westminster Cathedral.
David is a former Trustee and past Chairman of the Royal College of Organists, he was awarded FRSCM in 2012 and Fellowship of Birmingham Conservatoire (FBC) in 2015. David is Chair of the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO) and President-Elect of the incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).