Organ Recital - Paul Griffiths

This Organ Recital will be given by Paul Griffiths. Paul has the unusual distinction of combining an international recital career with his role as Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest international airport in Dubai. He began playing the organ at the age of ten and won first prize in the London Musical Competition Festival at the age of 13. Whilst studying with Malcolm Hicks, he gained the ARCO, ARCM and LRAM within a six-month period and the FRCO two years later.  He moved to Hong Kong in 1986 and was Assistant Organist at St John's Cathedral and Head of Organ at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. 

Paul has featured as an organist and continuo player in broadcasts and recordings around the world.  He has made a guest appearance at Birmingham Symphony Hall with Dame Gillian Weir and as the soloist in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto.  He has given organ recitals in many cathedrals in the UK and overseas and in 2003 was appointed organist to the voluntary choir at Guildford Cathedral, where he studied the organ with Stephen Farr. 

In 2019 he had the distinction of playing the organ for the first visit of a Pope to the Arabian Peninsula to an audience of over 180,000.  Over the next year his recital programme takes him as far afield as Trondheim, Fort Worth, Washington DC, New York, Christchurch (both Dorset and New Zealand), Truro, Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne, culminating in a recital at Notre Dame de Paris in September 2020. Paul is a Vice President of the Royal College of Organists and until 2007 was a Council member and Chairman of both the Executive Committee and Development Board. 

Outside of musical life, following 14 years as an Executive Director of Virgin Atlantic and the Virgin Rail Group, in January 2005 he was appointed Managing Director of London Gatwick Airport and, in 2007, moved to Dubai to become the first Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports, which is now the world’s largest international airport. 

Paul was appointed as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List in 2015, for services to British prosperity overseas and to music.

Programme

Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons, opus 12
Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986)

Esquisses Byzantines
I Nef
II Vitrail
III Rosace
Henri Mulet (1878-1967)

Suite, opus 5
I Prélude
II Sicilienne
III Toccata
Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986)

Truro Cathedral has one of the finest organs in the country. Built by Father Willis specifically to fit the 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.