The Organ Project: Organ Recital Series – Peter Gould

The 2023 Organ Recital series continues with a recital given by CanonPeter Gould (formerly Derby Cathedral), with a Coronation theme.

Born in Portsmouth, 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.

Peter now lives just north of Portsmouth. He is Chair of the Portsmouth R.S.C.M. committee, the President of the Portsmouth and District Organists 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.

Recital Programme
Crown Imperial March – William Walton (1902-1983)
Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Fanfare – Arthur Wills (1926-2020)
Trumpet Voluntary – John Stanley (1712-1786)
Movements from ‘The Water Music’ – George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
God save the King (Queen) – William Best (1826-1897)
Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 – Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Jupiter (The Planets Suite) – Gustav Holst (1874-1934) arr. Kearney
Coronation Scot – Vivian Ellis (1903-1996) arr. Gould

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About The Organ Project

The historic restoration of the 1889 J.W. Walker & Sons Ltd. pipe organ in St Mary’s Church, Portsea, began in October 2020, undertaken by Nicholson & Co Ltd. of Malvern, with expert guidance from Dr. William McVicker, and funding support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. At Easter 2022, the restoration programme was completed.

Free entry. Donations to the Music Foundation will be gratefully received.

Read about the 2023 organ recital series.

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