| David Briggs|| Organist|
| Bursts of Acclamation|
King's College, Cambridge, Solihull School
Stephen Cleobury, Jeremy Backhouse, Robin Barter, Gustav Mahler, Chris Hazell
David Briggs (English musician) Wikipedia
David John Briggs (born November 1, 1962) is an English organist and composer. He started his career as a cathedral organist as Assistant Organist in Hereford Cathedral before becoming the organist of Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals. Heavily influenced by Jean Langlais and Pierre Cochereau, Briggs is regarded as one of the world's finest improvisors, and now works as a concert organist. Briggs is a composer of choral and organ music, and has also transcribed many orchestral works into versions for solo organ, as well as many of Cochereau's recorded improvisations.
David Briggs was educated at Solihull School. He was organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge from 1981-84. At the relatively early age of 17 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO). He was also sometime Principal Viola of the National Youth Orchestra.
Whilst at university, he toured Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany with the college choir. In 1983 he received the Countess of Munster Award to study Interpretation and Improvisation with Jean Langlais in Paris, with whom he furthered in his interest in the art of improvisation by his transcriptions of the recordings of the late Pierre Cochereau. Transcribing the remarkable improvisations from Cochereau's cassette recordings took eleven years. Briggs' subsequent performances and recordings of them earned him his initial acclaim. He was also the first British organist to win the Tournemire prize for improvisation at the St Albans International Organ Festival.
On leaving university, he was appointed as Assistant Organist at Hereford Cathedral where he also took over the directorship of Hereford Chamber Choir and Hereford String Orchestra.
He was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers of Truro Cathedral in 1989, before moving to the similar post at Gloucester Cathedral in 1994. While at Gloucester he oversaw the rebuilding of the organ which included the installation of the "Divided Pedal". This allows the Pedal Board to be 'split', meaning the pedal stops sound on the lower section, the upper section can be set to reproduce the sound of any of the manuals. Briggs also oversaw the installation of this system on the Father Willis organ of Truro Cathedral in its rebuild in 1991. In May 2002, Briggs left Gloucester to pursue a freelance career as a concert organist and composer, succeeded for a second time by Andrew Nethsingha.
Briggs is Organist Emeritus at Gloucester Cathedral, and gives regular masterclasses at the Royal Northern College of Music and Cambridge University. He has a busy schedule as a concert artist, composer and organ advisor. He resides in Boston, Massachusetts. He married his second wife, Margaret Nimocks, in 2004, adopting a daughter, Eloise, and has two daughters from his previous marriage.
He made his debut at the BBC Proms on 14 August 2010 as part of "Bach Day" playing pieces by J S Bach, some originally for organ, others in arrangements, including Briggs' own arrangement of the Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068.
Briggs became Artist in Residence at St James Cathedral, Toronto, Canada on 1 September 2012. David’s responsibilities will include giving celebrity recitals, playing regularly at services, composing liturgical music for the Cathedral, and working on the establishment of a vision for the music program including the design and installation of a new organ or organs and relevant acoustical enhancements.Truro Eucharist (1990), SATB and organ
The Music Mountain (1991), SATB, Soprano and Tenor soloists and 2 organs.
The Noble Stem of Jesse (1996), SSAATTBB, for Gloucester Cathedral choir
When Waters Kiss One Bank (1996), SSAATTBB, for Gloucester Cathedral choir, words by John Donne
Holy is the True Light (1997), ATB and organ, Commissioned by RSCM America
Jubilate Deo (1998), SATB Soprano solo and organ
O Thou Who Art Unchangeable (1999), SATB, tow Soprano soloists and organ. Commissioned by Virginia Wesleyian University, USA
Matin Responsary (1999), SSAATTBB for the Gloucester Cathedral Choir
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (2000), SATB, Tenor solo and organ, Commissioned by the Hereford Three Choirs Festival 2000
Messe pour Notre-Dame (2002), SATB and 2 Organs, commissioned by the Choir of Keynsham Parish Church, Bristol.
The Rising (2003), SATB and Organ (based on an Old Celtic Prayer), commissioned by the Choir of Church Street United Methodist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee
Hosanna to the Son of David (2003), SATB and Organ commissioned by the Choir of Kirk-in-the-Hills, Bloomfield Hills, MI
When in our music God is glorified (2003), trebles and Organ (with optional Trumpet), commissioned by the Bristol Cathedral Girls Choir for their 10th anniversary
Ave Verum Corpus (2004), SATB, commissioned by the choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
Regina Coeli (2004), SATB, commissioned by St. Mary's Church, Moseley for their 600th Anniversary Year
Christ's Peace, Commissioned by the Rosengren family in celebration of 35 years of marriage
Music, SATB A setting of the poem by Walter de la Mare. Commissioned by the Britten Singers, Hereford
Ave Maria, TTBB and organ, commissioned by the Lay Clerks of Blackburn Cathedral
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis 'The Truro Service' (2004), commissioned in thanksgiving for the life of John Taylour
Caedmon's Hymn, SSAATTBB for Carlisle Cathedral Festival
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for Jesus College, Cambridge (2008)
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for St Davids Cathedral (2008)
Messe pour Saint-Sulpice (2010), SATB and Organ, commissioned by the Choir of All Saints, Northampton, UK.
Te Deum Laudamus (1997), SATB chorus, Soprano and Tenor soloists, Full Orchestra. Three Choirs Festival Commission
Creation (2000) SATB chorus, Soprano solo, Full Orchestra
Te Deum Laudamus (2003), TB Choir, 2 organs, flute, oboe, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, harp and strings. Commissioned for the 150th Anniversary of St Benedict's Abbey, Subiaco, Arkansas
Atlanta Requiem (2003), SATB, Soprano, Tenor and Bass soloists, Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, Harp, Glockenspiel, Timpani
St John Passion (2005), SATB, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass Soloists, Evangelist (tenor), Jesus (bass), organ and orchestra. Commissioned by Kirk-in-the-Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Marche Episcopale (1999), commissioned by the Incorporated Association of Organists
Transcription of the Improvised Fugue/Toccata on 'I Vow To Thee My Country' (2000)- improvisation by Briggs at the re-opening recital of Gloucester Cathedral organ. Commissioned by Mark Batten, Organist of the Birmingham Oratory.
Variations on 'Veni Creator', (for Organ Duet), commissioned by Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault
THEME AND VARIATIONS, for the Worshipful Company of Actuaries. Commissioned by Catherine Ennis, Organist at St Lawrence-Jewry, London)
Organ Symphony on Themes from the 'Missa pro defunctiis' for Stephen Farr, Organist of Guildford Cathedral, premiered by him at St David's Cathedral on 3 June 2004
Organ Concerto for Blackburn Cathedral. Organ, strings, harp, timpani, side drum, and glockenspiel.
Elegy, commissioned in celebration of the 80th Birthday of Patrick Bell, Esq, Cookham Dean.
3 Improvisations a re-construction of improvisations by American cinema organist Buddy Cole.
Variations on 'Laudi Spirituali' (2004)
Variations on Greensleeves (2005)
Trio Sonata (2005)
Four Concert Etudes (2005)
Mosaique: Sonata for Organ Duet (2008)
Sortie on In Dulci Jubilo(2008)
Toccata for St Matthew's Day(2008)
Hommage a Marcel Dupré (2009)
Le Tombeau de Duruflé (2009)
The Legend of St Nikolaus(2009)
Chorale Variations: Lobe den Herren (2010)
Fantasia on Mendelssohn(2010)
Symphony No. 2 - Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 3 - Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 - Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 6 - Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 8 - Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 1 - Edward Elgar
Symphony No. 2 - Edward Elgar
Symphony No. 8 - Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 4 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Sigurd Jorsalfar - Edvard Grieg
Daphnis et Chloe - Orchestral Suite No. 2 Maurice Ravel
Symphony No. 3: Final - Camille Saint-Saëns
Tone Poem "Death and Transfiguration" - Richard Strauss
Pierre Cochereau transcriptions:
Berceuse à la mémoire de Louis Vierne
Suite de Danses Improvisees
Cantem toto la Gloria
Variations sur 'Venez Divin Messie'
Improvisations sur 'Alouette, gentille Alouette'
Two Improvisations on 'La Marseillaise
Air ('Trimazo') from Suite Française
Gigue ('Compagnons de la Marjolaine')
Bolero sur un theme de Charles Racquet
Entree (Les offices du Dimanche)
Mission Universelle (Improvisations on St Matthew's Gospel)
Fanfare for Wells (2002), for Organ, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones and Cymbals. A 2-minute Fanfare (à la Marcel Dupré!') intended for use immediately before I was glad by C. Hubert H. Parry, commissioned by the Wells Cathedral Voluntary Choir, September 2002
Chempinesca (2004), for Piano Duet, in celebration of Beryl Chempin's distinguished teaching career at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Dreamworld: Song Cycle (2005)
Improvisations III (n.d.) Gloucester Cathedral, Briggs Label
Music to rouse the spirit (n.d.) Gloucester Cathedral, Briggs label DBCD5
Bach at Gloucester (n.d.), Gloucester Cathedral, Briggs label DBCD4
Great European Organs No. 16 (1990), St George's Hall, Liverpool, Priory Records PRCD284
O Come all ye faithful (1990) King's College Choir, Cambridge, Decca
Choral Evensong from Truro Cathedral (Briggs/Henry Doughty) (1993), Truro Cathedral, Priory Records PRCD322
The Illusionist's Art - Cochereau Transcriptions (1994), Truro Cathedral, Priory Records PRCD428
Great Organ Transcriptions (1995), Truro Cathedral, Kevin Mayhew CD KMCD1007
Vivaldi: Gloria (1995), St John's College Choir, Cambridge, King's College Choir, Cambridge, Decca
Popular Organ Music Volume 2 (1996) Gloucester Cathedral, Priory Records PRCD568
Guilmant Organ Works: Volume 4 (1997), Truro Cathedral Motette 11541
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (1998), Gloucester Cathedral, Priory Records PRCD649
King of Kings - improvisation to silent movie by Cecil B. de Mille (1999) Gloucester Cathedral, Briggs label
Organ Spectacular (1999), First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, California. Delos 3241
Silent Night (1999) King's College Choir, Cambridge, Decca
Improvisations II (2000) Gloucester Cathedral and The Oratory of St Philip Neri, Birmingham, Briggs Label
Re-Opening of Gloucester Cathedral Organ (2000), Gloucester Cathedral, Briggs label
Organ Kaleidoscope (2000), Gloucester Cathedral, Priory Records PRCD685
Great European Organs No. 57 (2000), St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London, Priory Records PRCD680.
Two of a Kind (with Wayne Marshall) (2001), Gloucester Cathedral Herald AV Publications HAVPCD246
Christmas Adagios (2001), various, Decca double disc
The #1 Christmas Album (2001), various, Decca
The World of Organ Transcription (2002), Gloucester Cathedral, Priory Records PRCD79
Sounds Artistic (2002), Blackburn Cathedral, Lammas LAMM153
Rossini: Petite Messa Solonelle (Harmonium) (2002), with Stephen Cleobury, King's College Choir, Cambridge. EMI Records.
Simply Christmas (2003), various, Decca
Fanfare I (2003), various, Gloucester Cathedral, Priory Records, PRCD5000
Fanfare II (2004), various, St John's Upper Norwood, London, Priory Records PRCD5001
Sounds French (2004), Blackburn Cathedral, Lammas LAMM164D
Rossini: Stabat Mater (Harmonium) (2005), with Stephen Cleobury, King's College Choir, Cambridge. EMI Records.
Handel: Coronation Anthems (2005), with Sir Philip Ledger, King's College Choir, Cambridge. EMI Records.
David Briggs Live! (2006), Trinity Episcopal Church, Little Rock, Arkansas, Pro Organo PO7176
Dreamworld (Briggs' Compositions) (2006)
Requiem and Organ Concerto (2006), Blackburn Cathedral, Chestnut 002
Messe pour Notre-Dame (2010), Gloucester Cathedral, with Stephen Layton, Trinity College Choir, Cambridge Hyperion Records 67808
Bursts of Acclamation: Ralph Vaughan Williams - Organ music and transcriptions (2016)
The Glory of Gloucester 'Live' in concert on the organ of Gloucester Cathedral
Symphony No 8 - Gustav Mahler
Symphony No 2, 'The Resurection' - Gustav Mahler