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The Organ Project at St Mary’s, Portsea: Canon Peter Gould

Thu 7 Nov 2019 7:30pm

St Mary’s Church, Portsea

Booking Details: Admission is free with a retiring collection. See link below.

For further details see the St Mary’s Music Foundation / The Organ Project website.

St Mary’s Music Foundation / The Organ Project

Raising funds for The Organ Project. See for further info.

Toccata and Fugue in F major BWV 540 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata No.2 in C minor Op.65 – Felix Mendelssohn
Suite in D major – Henry Purcell
Postlude in F major Op.105 – Charles Villiers Stanford
Paean – Kenneth Leighton
Andante (from Symphonie No.1) Op.14 – Louis Vierne
Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H – Franz Liszt

Born in Portsmouth, Canon Peter Gould studied Organ, Piano and Cello at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Whilst there he gained prizes for choir training, organ accompaniment and harmony; achieving the following diplomas: G.R.S.M. (Lond). F.R.C.O., L.R.A.M. (piano teacher) and A.R.C.M. (organ performer), and has since been awarded the honorary A.R.A.M. He then went to Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire to gain a Diploma in Education.

In 1974 Peter was appointed Assistant Organist at Wakefield Cathedral, music teacher at Honley High School (later Head of Music), assistant chorus master to the Wakefield Festival Chorus and conductor of the Cawthorne Choral Society. During his time at Wakefield, he was involved in many professional recordings and broadcasts with the choir.

In 1983 he became Master of the Music in Derby Cathedral, retiring in 2015 after 32 years in post and a total of 40 years of working in English Cathedrals. He is pleased to know that no less than four of his Derby Choristers currently have professional organist positions in English Cathedrals.

Peter has given organ recitals in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, Birmingham Town Hall, Kings College, Cambridge and York Minster. In his final two years in Derby, he toured every Anglican church in the diocese giving short recitals on the 278 different organs. You can see more about this on youtube by going to ‘Peter’s pipe pilgrimage’.

Peter now lives just north of Portsmouth and finds that he is doing more organ playing in services and recitals than he ever did in Derby!

This year he has been travelling around the whole of the Portsmouth Diocese playing each organ; the final recital to be held at Portsmouth Cathedral on 28th November at 1.10 p.m, when he will play the whole of Vierne’s Symphonie No.1, which he has been learning throughout this year. He has recently become the Chair of Portsmouth R.S.C.M. committee, the President of the Portsmouth and District Organist’s Association and is on the council for the Friends of Cathedral Music. When not involved in music he enjoys rail travel and can sometimes be found issuing tickets in the Booking Office of Alresford Railway Station.

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