Organ Recital - Daniel Cook

This Organ Recital will be given by Daniel Cook of Durham Cathedral. Truro Cathedral has one of the finest organs in the country. Daniel Cook is Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral and is recognised internationally as a liturgical and concert organist of the highest order. In addition he is Artistic Director of Mousai, Musical Director of Durham University Choral Society, and maintains a busy schedule of recitals, concerts and recordings, as well as being in demand as a conductor and teacher.

Prior to this, Daniel was Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey, where he accompanied the Abbey Choir for major services, concerts, tours in Europe and the USA, as well as appearing in their famous series of recordings. Before this, Daniel was Organist and Master of the Choristers of St Davids Cathedral and Artistic Director of the St Davids Cathedral Festival. Under his direction the Cathedral Choir made several broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio and Television, toured in Italy and performed with the BBC singers in the City of London Festival. From 2005 and 2011 Daniel was Assistant Director of Music of Salisbury Cathedral where he was the principal organist. He has worked widely as a choral conductor and has been Music Director of the Dyfed Choir, the Farrant Singers, St Davids Cathedral Festival Chorus and the Grange Choral Society and Orchestra, with whom he directed many major choral works including Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Dyson: Canterbury Pilgrims, Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Handel: Messiah and Verdi: Requiem.

Daniel received his early musical education at Durham Cathedral with Keith Wright. Following a year as Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral, he moved to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Nicolas Kynaston, James O'Donnell and Patrick Russill. Daniel has made several solo organ recordings for Priory Records and is one of their most recorded organist. Other projects have included a performance of the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in six recitals to celebrate the centenary of the composer’s birth, and CD recordings of the complete organ music of Charles Stanford, Herbert Brewer, Herbert Sumsion, George Dyson, Walter Alcock and William Harris. A solo DVD from Westminster Abbey was released in 2018.

Programme

 Sonata in A minor
Moderato con moto
Adagio espressivo
iii. Maestoso
William Harris (1883 - 1973)

 Rhapsody, Opus 4
Harold Darke (1888 - 1976)

 Scherzo, Opus 2
Maurice Duruflé (1902 - 1986)

 Prélude et Fugue in B major, Opus 7
Marcel Dupré (1886 - 1971)

 

Built by Father Willis specifically to fit the acoustic of the building, its range, depth and power are truly awe-inspiring.  The weekly Friday lunchtime series runs from March to October and each recital lasts around 50 minutes. These are completely free to attend - donations to support the cathedral's music are appreciated.