The 2021 Organ Recital Series sees the cathedral welcome first-rate organists to play Truro’s acclaimed Father Willis Organ. The guest organist will be David Humphreys.
The series runs from July to October and each recital lasts around 45 minutes.
Each lunchtime concert is completely free to attend, the cathedral only asks that if you are able, you consider making a donation – the income generated by the generosity of both the audience and artists (who play for free) directly supports music at the cathedral and the ability to continue to offer such community events.
JS Bach Prelude in E flat, BWV 552(i)
Howells Master Tallis’s Testament
Farrington Nocturne (from Fiesta!)
Biography of David Humphreys
David Humphreys spent fifteen years as a cathedral organist, holding roles at St Albans, St Edmundsbury and Peterborough Cathedrals. As well as directing and accompanying cathedral choirs on a daily basis during that time, he spent two terms as Acting Director of Music at Peterborough, when he was responsible for the cathedral’s entire music programme, including all provision for choral services. He is in demand as a recitalist, playing at venues across the UK including Westminster and St Paul’s cathedrals. His CD from Peterborough Cathedral, released in 2015 on the Regent label, received 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.’
David is committed to bringing the organ to a wider audience and to helping the next generation of young organists. He enjoys an active role as a private teacher, has taught for Oundle for Organists and at the University of Cambridge, and helps to run the Association of Assistant Cathedral Organists. He is also Musical Director of Grantham Choral Society, and combines all of this with his current role working for the government.
David studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Titterington and went on to study with Thomas Trotter. He read music at the University of Cambridge, where, as an award-winning organ scholar at Jesus College, he gained his fellowship of the Royal College of Organists. He has made numerous appearances on BBC radio and television, both accompanying and directing choirs live on BBC Radio 3. He has toured widely across Europe and in the USA and has directed and appeared with ensembles including 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.